From Rockwell comes the RK7240.1, which is an older looking table saw with a stand included and a bit of functionality but how does it hold up? The price is a little concerning to us for a table saw because it’s cheap (like these) but that alone shouldn’t make anyone shy away.
Rockwell stands behind the product and gives it a 2-year warranty in case of any defects or damage done to the table saw. It’s lightweight, mobile and serves as a fast and practical table saw. More about it below on our ShopSeries RK7240.1 Review.
What We Like
What We Don't Like
Now, we have to level with you on the design of this table saw. It’s not the prettiest one out there and looks like it came from a shed after being stored there for many years. However, it has a lot of practical functions on the side of the saw which is easy to use.
The stand isn’t anything special at all. It looks like any typical stool you could find in a garage somewhere or you could probably buy a better one from Walmart.
This table saw is also not easy to put together unlike the Grizzly G0715p, and the instructions are quite vague. You might need a little more experience with tools to assemble the table saw.
When it comes to the ShopSeries RK7240.1, you get what you pay for. While it can adequately do the job, the features on the table saw do not ensure precise, clean cuts unlike other high-performing table saws below 300.
The rip fence is a point of complaint for its weak design; it is unable to evenly feed the wood to the saw. Its blade cannot cut as advertised, and its motor is lacking in cutting through hardwoods.
The miter gauge can’t maintain an angle, and it’s hard to find replacements that are compatible with the model. Due to the wobbly stand, accurate and consistent cuts are also hard to achieve.
Ease of Use
The ShopSeries RK7240.1 may be difficult to assemble, but it is not hard to use. Due to its price, it is a basic table saw that comes with a power switch, guides, rip fence and more. However, using it steadily poses a problem due to its not-so-good stand and loose adjustment wheel.
Price and Warranty
Worried about the overall longevity of the product or if it’ll be something worth your money? Rockwell has included a 2-year limited warranty with the purchase of this product to put you at ease. If it’s needed, you can get it replaced at no cost to you.
How do I cut at an angle and what kind of angle can it cut at?
Stationary, when you set this table saw up, it’ll only cut at a stationary flat angle that’s straight for cutting wood. If you’d like to make angled cuts, then you’ll have to use the mite gauge to make it tilt to the left or the right. The maximum angle you’re able to cut at is 45 degrees and there’s a helpful instructional paper included to help you do this.
What kind of size do I need for replacement blades?
You shouldn’t need to replace the blade for a long time but if you do, it’s recommended that you get 10-inch blades as that’s what fits for this table. However, if you have a defection or problem, you need to contact ShopSeries to get that fixed because they’re always on the ball with that. Just make sure the blades are 10 inches.
What if I want to add a dado blade, would that work?
Unfortunately, no it won’t. While this table is really good for its intended general purpose, you cannot attach a dado blade because it’s a very basic table. It cuts wood and does a good job with the saw blade that it’s provided.
What kind of cuts are ideal with this table saw?
Ideally, you’ll be making 2×4 cuts if you want perfect precision cuts. It’s not for precise fittings or cutting. It cuts smoothly and accurately but you’re not going to get perfect cabinet woodwork out of it and you shouldn’t go in with that expectation.
ShopSeries RK7240.1 Review Conclusion
While this table saw is relatively ugly on the outside and the body is made of cheap plastic, it’s a pretty cost-effective saw. You have to know what you’re getting it for and it’s ideal for just woodcutting as long as the wood is small and not for precise things like cabinets. If you need a stronger saw, take a look at the powerful hybrid saws.
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