Rockwell BladeRunner X2 Tabletop Saw Review

  • July 31, 2018

Review of Rockwell BladeRunner X2

Editor Rating: 4.4/5

Build Quality
Power
Features
Price

Review Summary

Rockwell has a bit of a reputation for innovation in existing and new tools, especially those that combine multiple features into one unit or size them down while still providing power and ability to handle various types and sizes of stock. Their BladeRunner X2 is a perfect illustration of this approach.

How does the BladeRunner X2 manifest these characteristics? By combining a powerful motor in a lightweight, compact package that gives users the ability to cut wood, tile, metal, aluminum, and plastic with either a jigsaw or circular blade.

This tool will appeal to homeowners and DIYers who do not have room for full size or the budget to purchase multiple tools. While Rockwell ads picture “contractor type” people using the tool, it is not going to meet commercial needs outside quick and dirty jobs.

BladeRunner X2 – a Quick Look

Pros
  • Cut a wide range of materials and stock
  • Compact, lightweight, easy to carry to the worksite
  • Tool-less blade changes
Cons
  • Not a contractor grade tool
  • The accuracy of the saw not up to fine finish work demands

Specifications

Brand name: Rockwell Tools, Inc.

Model: BladeRunner X2, RK7323

Motor (VAC, A): 120, 5.5

No load RPM: 3000

Weight: 14.7 pounds

Circular blade diameter: 4” or less

Jigsaw blade: 4” standard T-shank

Jigsaw stroke: ¾”

Table size: 15-3/4″ x 17″

Rockwell BladeRunner X2 for tiles

Cut metal, tile, aluminum, plastic, and wood

When you have limited space for full-size tools and want a tool that can cut a wide range of material, the BladeRunner X2 delivers. By using the proper blade, users can cut nearly every type of material they will encounter in their projects.

Compact size, self-storing accessories

With a table size of just 15-3/4″ x 17″, the BladeRunner X2 has a tiny footprint. Its fence, miter gauge, and blades store within the unit itself, and the tool stores on both the shelf/bench or wall (with the Rockwell wall mount attachment – sold separately).

Make many types of cut with one tool

The BladeRunner X2 allows users to make a rip, scroll, miter, and inside cut with one tool. Just change the blades and table set up to match the project’s needs.

Larger rip fence for improved control and wider cuts

The larger steel fence provides more support to stock as it is cut and allows the user to make wider cuts. A hold down, and splitter further enhances control of the stock you are cutting.

Rockwell BladeRunner X2 cutting wood

FAQ

Can the BladeRunner handle 1” walnut and other harder woods?

The saw is capable of cutting most wood but, if you regularly tackle hardwoods like walnut, invest is a high-quality blade.

How powerful is this saw?

The BladeRunner is a light-duty tool designed for smaller, less complicated projects. The motor is powerful but can bog down if you try to cut too fast. Use the right blade and don’t push the stock too hard. Let the tool do the work.

What level of detail will the scroll saw provide?

The scroll saw will do a good job on round and curved cuts. If you need to do really fine detail work and cut tight radii, you should look into a dedicated scroll saw.

Rockwell BladeRunner X2 for tubes

What the Users Say

The concept of the BladeRunner X2 is very appealing, especially when you consider the needs of people with limited workshop space, restricted tool budgets, and less demanding projects. It is the multi-tool of saws. It is also limited in the size of stock it can safely, accurately, and effectively cut which relegates the tool to smaller projects. What do people say after using their BladeRunner X2 for a while?

Based on our research, users report general satisfaction with their BladeRunners. They like the multi-tool capabilities of the saw and feel it does everything they expect of it.

Ease of setup and use is another area of satisfaction. Users comment that, while the instructions are lacking, once you understand them, it is a very simple tool to configure for the work you face. Users advise taking the time to set everything up properly and tighten guides gauges fully to get the maximum accuracy possible. Some additional suggestions:

  • Fill in the alignment and measurement markings on the work table with white paint to improve visibility.
  • Always secure it to a solid surface the protect against vibration spoiling work.

A good way of summing up user reactions is, “A unique little saw with unusual and varied capabilities that are ideal for hobbyists and DIYers.”

Other users have less positive impressions of their BladeRunner. Topping the list of negatives has to be the inability to work with large stock, both in thickness and length/width. Users cite the lack of support surface for larger material as also limiting what they can accomplish with the saw.

In a similar vein, users find the doesn’t have the power to cut relatively thin hardwoods like ¾” oak. Poor accuracy comes up repeatedly. Even users who like their saw’s performance acknowledge accuracy issues if you are not careful in setup and don’t properly tighten all guides.

The naysayers also express disappointment in the quality of the saw, calling it flimsy, for want of a better word.

Conclusion

It is safe to say that, if you are a homeowner, apartment dweller, hobbyist, or casual DIYer, with fairly simple projects that require smaller, but varied types of stock, the BladeRunner X2 is a great tool. Compact, powerful, able to handle a large range of materials and types of cuts, it is well-suited for small tasks such as installing tile and other small projects. And, its price won’t break the bank.

It is limited in the size of stock it can handle and does not offer professional or fine finish carpentry/cabinetry accuracy. The scroll saw is not up to handling intricate and tight radius cuts. Users needing these capabilities and characteristics should invest in more capable tools.

About the Author Adam Harris

Hi there! My name is Adam and I write for HealthyHandyman. I have a great passion for writing about everything related to tools, home improvement, and DIY. In my spare time, I'm either fishing, playing the guitar, or spending quality time with my beloved wife. You'll also often find me in my workshop working on some new project!