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Rockwell BladeRunner RK7320I was recently asked to review the Rockwell BladeRunner RK7320, which Rockwell bills as "The Ultimate Cutting Machine." All hyperbole aside, I was intrigued by the concept: a scroll saw that uses standard T-shank jigsaw blades, which means it can cut wood, metal, ceramic tile, plastic, PVC and more.

So, I put it to a test, and while there are a couple of improvements that I suggested, the BladeRunner cutting machine lives up to its promise. Learn all about this unique table-top cutting machine in the About Woodworking review of the Rockwell BladeRunner RK7320.

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December 13, 2010 at 8:10 pm
(1) M Ritter says:

I bought the Rockwell BladeRunner, I found it to be very underpowered and worthless. It does not have the power to cut through a i/2 inch piece of soft pine without stopping dead, cutting very slowly! My impression of this one is-don’t waste your money!

December 23, 2010 at 3:18 pm
(2) Thomas Ponder says:

So Not Buy This Junk.

Nothing works as shown. It is not accurate, it does nothing but chatter and the hold down will not hold it down. It is a waste of money. The scroll saw part is nothing close to a scroll saw. Another product to rip off the public.. I thought Rockwell had a good name, but I don’t think that way anymore. I should have taken my money out and thrown it in the street. Disappointed is not even
close to how I feel about this saw (?). My advice pass it on by and don’t even consider it….

December 24, 2010 at 2:08 pm
(3) stef says:

this rockwell bladerunner is the best. I tried it out and it was really good and a very cheap price for this machine so i would recomend for anyone to buy it

December 26, 2010 at 8:25 pm
(4) justin says:

this machine is very under powered machine and can not cut through tile at all it is wobble and the gaurd cant hold down the material. not worth the money

December 29, 2010 at 4:48 pm
(5) Dave says:

Picked up one of these for xmas and basically met my expectations. You get what you pay for. This will never replace any of the tools you currently have. Table saws, band saws, scroll saws, and chop saws are all perfectly designed to do what they do.

This is however a pretty convenient middle of the road for quick and easy cuts that you need to make during most small home repair projects. The integrated mounting and dust control makes it quicker, quieter, and easier to use than hauling out the table saw.

You’re never going to build a cabinet or do a full weekend project with this thing..but I’ve found myself using it frequently for those small, quick, and sometimes late night cuts where I’d typically reach for a handsaw.

Overall worth the $150 for me..don’t buy to take the place of anything you already have.

January 14, 2011 at 1:19 pm
(6) wildwoodgeorge says:

Thanks for taking the time to comment .I will not be buying this tool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

January 15, 2011 at 10:53 am
(7) gary says:

glad i did some searches before buying one of these Bladerunners. i’m retired and do a lot of projects and honey-does. i definitely don’t need an under-powered piece of equipment!

the tv video sure does a great selling job. makes everything look so easy. i already have all their lised pieces of equipment they mentioned that this Bladerunner was to replace.

i’m sure that every tool manufacturer in time will have there own version and now i will just wait until then.

January 15, 2011 at 10:59 am
(8) dave bowen says:

seems to be just another toy woodworking machine for the weekend hobbiest. true woodworkers know thier tools and how to use them.

January 16, 2011 at 7:54 am
(9) keith says:

I too believed Rockwell was a quality name w/ quality tools. I’m very glad I read user comments prior to buying. Perhaps Rockwell should spend more money on research & development & less on hype & infommercials.

January 16, 2011 at 8:10 am
(10) Mainer says:

And probably made in China.

January 19, 2011 at 11:18 am
(11) John George says:

I was impressed after watching it on TV video ad. I was about to order but changed my mind after reading the users comments and reviews. Thanks guys for the comments. Hopefully an upgraded version might be on the way with more power and which accepts more wider blades. No rush I can wait.

January 23, 2011 at 4:22 am
(12) steve says:

WOW i thought it would be great with the people they had promoting it IAM GLADE I WAS ON THE COMPUTER WHEN WATCHING THE SHOW SO I COULD RESEARCH IT BEFORE ORDERING I WAS READY TO CALL!! THANKS FOR THE FEED BACK! STEVE

January 23, 2011 at 5:52 am
(13) larry clark says:

larry

thanks to every one for the comments i was going to buy one but i will not now i can see it is not worth it

January 23, 2011 at 12:54 pm
(14) Marcy says:

Thanks for the comments. I thought the price was too good for what it claimed to do. I have the other tools, just bulky and heavy for quick projects, but guess I’ll stick to them, including my trusty and inexpensive Delta table saw that I got for my birthday many years ago!

January 24, 2011 at 11:26 am
(15) Richard Johnson says:

Placed an order for the BladeRunner. Tried to cancel the same day (Sunday) after I read all the comments. Told I would have to call back Monday. Did so (MondayAM) as was told it had already shipped. Hard to believe. I couldn’t get in touch with anyone with the authority to stop the shipment so I will have to return it. Not sure about this Rockwell Company.

January 26, 2011 at 9:26 pm
(16) Franis Caron says:

Early in my woodworking life I built a similar unit using a $7.00 black and decker jig saw and some plywood. Being a young buck in college there was no money to spare for much in the way of tools. My contraption would cut wood but it had a mind of its own as far as straight and smooth cuts. I have since stocked my shop with vintage Rockwell/Delta tools, all solid workers. The only tool that has comeclose to being the “do everything” tool has been the Super 900 Radial Arm saw, it was touted to to 127 different tasks. It was not a toy, it ment business. After 50 years in woodworking I believe that there is nothing new, just modifications of old ideas.

February 21, 2011 at 11:26 am
(17) monte fielder says:

Listening to the comments that are being made ? I don,t know If I want to buy this product sounds pretty worthless.Though for small hobbies it may not be a bad tool.

February 28, 2011 at 7:53 pm
(18) Kevin says:

Thanks everyone. I just got a new home and I am looking for some power tools to start a few projects and the wife’s honey-does list to stay out of trouble. I see that this will not help with that. So the seach goes on. If anyone has ideas please let me know.

Thanks
Kevin

March 6, 2011 at 10:45 pm
(19) RUBEN says:

A FRIEND OF MINE HAD ONE AND I TRIED IT. WAS THINKING OF GETTING ONE UNTIL I TRIED IT. VERY UNDER POWERED MY BAND SAW WORKS ALOT BETTER. SORRY ROCKWELL I DO HAVE SOME OF YOUR TOOLS BUT I WON’T HAVE THIS ONE.

March 10, 2011 at 8:49 am
(20) andy wilson says:

I purchased one of the bladerunner from the tv ad commercial. Really looked impressive on your show. After I received it, wasn’t impressed. The other negative comments that you posted, were very true to the performance of the unit. It really is a labor for the saw to cut through wood, with a lot of chattering and the guide arm bouncing. If it looks to good to be true, then —-. I think that I wasted $189 on a bad product with a good name. Andy

March 26, 2011 at 5:44 pm
(21) Les says:

I bought the piece of crap. I could train a retarded beaver to cut wood more accurately and efficiently!

March 28, 2011 at 6:59 pm
(22) charles smallwood says:

well,i saw this dude cutting a 2ft x 2ft pc of plywood and the depth of the cutting surface wasn’t even close to that.Must have to turn it to finish cutting tru. It’s like all the other junk sold on t.v. I don’t think i will be investing 160.00 in this little toy. Too liteweight to hold up. My ryobi 3500 table saw comes with saw and router,jigsaw attachments.Had it over ten yrs and runs like new.

March 29, 2011 at 7:45 pm
(23) Tom S. says:

I have been reading reviews, the ones from supposedly professionals, like wood working TV shows praise this tool. Now this site lot of negative comments, that’s for the honesty.
Thinking Rockwell must sponsor them? Like the Rockwell sonic craftier, handy tool.
I have all the major tools, guess I’ll use my jig saw to cut 1/2 inch oak flooring, so I don’t have to get up and down.
Thanks every one Wait for better model

May 3, 2011 at 6:47 pm
(24) Arnold says:

Got one for my birthday, it wont cut a straight line and is underpowered for general around the house projects.Try to lock in the part that holds the wood down and after a few cuts the wood starts bouncing off the table. My scroll saw from Sears does a better job and that cost me $99.00. I am returning this as I an satisfied.

May 23, 2011 at 12:22 am
(25) rfrieh says:

Unfortunately, Delta and Rockwell are not of the same standard of woodworking tools they were in the past. For example. I order two different Delta 31-300 12 inch disc 6 x48 belt sanders. Both tools had over .015 wobble in the disc with over .040 of end play. I sent both tools back (from OR to Tenn). It is my opinion that powermatic will be the way to go now that the quality of Delta has past. In addition, craigslist is full of vintage delta tools at great prices. Delta has been bought by Black and Decker and their machines are made in China. My larger home shop tools: unisaw, 14 bandsaw, heavy duty shaper, 36 heavy duty lathe, 13 and 15 heavy duty planers, 6 inch jointer, drill presses coupled to an Onedia dust collector.

June 13, 2011 at 1:09 pm
(26) GGG says:

Thank you very much for your reviews! I am looking for a nice birthday gift for my husband and the Rockwell Bladerunner informercial make this tool look truly impressive. Just the thing! Thank you very much for your advise. I shall continue on my quest for a nice present.
I am really very tired and upset with all the lies and misrepresentations of every infomercial. Where is the Better Business Bureau? Nothing, not one single thing depicted and/or claimed in any of them is true!!!!!

Thanks again guys for the heads up!

Shame on Rockwell for the misrepresentation. Won’t buy your products ever again!

Perhaps this is another piece of horrid product made in China.

P.S. Example: I’ve been a swimmer for over 50 years. Purchase about 12 competition swimsuits every year. Last one I received in the mail, from the brand I have been using for the last 10 years didn’t fit at all. It’s as if I have to grow another piece of body part for it to fit properly. They are now making them in China!!!! So whenever I order more swimsuits I have to make sure it is not manufactured in China!

June 23, 2011 at 5:45 am
(27) martin says:

thanx for the comments everyone, greatly appreciated!!

June 30, 2011 at 5:28 pm
(28) Danny says:

Shame on you Rockwell !! Was getting ready to order this but decided to read reviews first. Glade I did not waste my money. Maybe I will take another look at this when they fine tune it..

July 10, 2011 at 8:23 pm
(29) audrey says:

i am glad I read the viewers comments i was going to get this for my husband but will not be buying it now!!!

July 23, 2011 at 9:14 am
(30) Mark says:

I appreciate the comments. I was about to buy it, but thought I should read up on the reviews. I am glad I did.

July 28, 2011 at 6:11 am
(31) c denis says:

I was going to buy one. I will not now that I can see it is not worth it. Thanks to every one for the comments.

July 31, 2011 at 8:22 pm
(32) Reunpack says:

I just watched my father inlaw try to cut 3/4 in piece of oak wood in half. Keep dreaming! Lets just say, “it didn’t happen.”

August 2, 2011 at 8:50 am
(33) woodworking says:

This isn’t a table saw, guys. Consider the types of tasks for which the tool was designed. Think of it more like a combination between a jigsaw and a scroll saw, and the types of cutting tasks one would appropriately choose such a saw to cut, and you’ll have a good idea of the practical uses for the Blade Runner.

September 16, 2011 at 1:43 am
(34) John says:

Just watched the infomercial for the Bladerunner, thought I would buy one for my son for Christmas. Glad I checked the reviews, ain’t happening. Horrible Freight will make one soon for $39.00, won’t buy that one either.
Thanks guys for saving me my money………..

October 23, 2011 at 7:51 pm
(35) bonnie says:

thank god i read these review because i don’t have the money to waste. Just once i wish a company word would be good. why do we have to put up with companies selling us junk.

November 11, 2011 at 2:48 am
(36) Rev. Bill says:

Had already decided to tell the wife what i wanted for Christmas…. Glad i saw all these reviews….. Don’t need anymore junk cluttering my shop…. Guess you could always use it for a boat anchor or tire chock…..Thanks everyone.

November 19, 2011 at 8:27 am
(37) Bill Stahle says:

So glad I happened upon these comments. I was seriously considering purchasing one of these saws but after reading these responses, I definitely will not. Thanks for making up my mind for me.

November 23, 2011 at 5:59 pm
(38) G. Silvis says:

I’ve had my bladerunner for sometyime now & just got the chance to use it today. It’s a wonderful machine if yoy are only cutting 1/4″ stock any thicker & its overloaded. But in the off chance I might me cutting some 1/4″ coasters it will be my tool of choice.

December 11, 2011 at 8:41 pm
(39) Randy W. says:

Just purchased mine, wish I had read the reviews. It won’t cut a piece of tile, It won’t cut a straight line, and anything over 1/2 inch will shut it down. Scroll cuts are a joke! Taking it back to Lowes tomorrow.

December 14, 2011 at 6:00 pm
(40) Patric Howley says:

My wife gave me one for my birthday. It is junk. It will not cut wood, metal or plastic as indicated. In fact it would be easy to hurt yourself with this item. Make sure you wear safety glasses because the guide will not hold the wood security, etc., and the item breaks loose and flies at you. I do not believe that the engineers who designed this saw used it to cut various items before it was placed on the market. If they had, it would not be on the market. I will keep it a while, so as not to upset my wife. But I will not buy any other product from Rockwell without reading reviews. This was a waste of money. Rockwell should give everyone who purchased one a refund or at least a credit toward another tool.

December 15, 2011 at 1:16 pm
(41) Teddy says:

I love how people leave comments about this tool blasting it as if it were a table saw or something. It’s a jigsaw mounted upside down in a table, people. Nothing more. If you wouldn’t cut it with a jigsaw, you wouldn’t cut it with a Blade Runner. For people who think this will replace all of the other tools in their shop, they’re ignorant. For people who understand what it is, it works just fine.

January 8, 2012 at 10:16 am
(42) Carolyn says:

I also was planning on buying the blade runner for a birthday gift. I watched the commercial and saw them cutting metal, tiles, wood and it looked liked it was doing a good job. After reading the comments that people have posted I am not sure. One said it would not cut tile but it showed a thick pc. of tile being cut. How can they perform the work on TV but not work for people who bought it?
I would appreciate a feed back please!

June 21, 2012 at 7:11 pm
(43) JarvaD says:

I have the Rockwell Blade Runner, and it’s a great multi-purpose saw for my hobbies. If the manual is followed and right blade, it does good clean cutting. Regarding comments about vibration, I have had little to none after I put a non-skid shelf-liner under it. The vacuum port is great in collecting sawdust. A professional woodworker friend borrowed it a week ago to cut some 2-inch thick wood to make several curved cuts for a garden vine support, and said he was impressed. I showed him some clean cuts in wood that I made, and he said they are better than his table saw. Woodworking is not my profession. I’m an IT software engineer with woodworking as a hobby. To make straight cuts, use the miter guage, rip fence that came with the blade runner.

October 28, 2012 at 11:30 am
(44) Ken Nixon says:

Wish I had read the reviews. Useless piece of machinery. Vibrates so much you can’t cut anything accurately. Under powered as many have said. Might be OK for someone cutting cardboard.

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