Happy Friday everyone! In case you missed my post last week about the Rockwell BladeRunner X2, Rockwell Tools is giving one away right here on the Small Town Rambler blog! Be sure to complete the entry at the end of this post before December 8th for a chance to win this portable saw!
I have been trying out my new BladeRunner X2 so I could show you how well it works and because it’s my new tool, which is comparable to a kid getting a new toy. I told my husband when it arrived at our door that I felt like the Dad on A Christmas Story when he got his new leg lamp. It was that exciting for me!
In the first post, I had plans to use the BladeRunner X2 to cut tile for my fireplace hearth. That hasn’t happened because I still haven’t settled on a new tile for my fireplace. The associate at Home Depot said that choosing the tile would be the hardest part of the project. He was right!
I did some wood cuts this week to show you how it works. I’ll start by telling you how easy this saw is to set up and operate. It takes seconds to insert one of the blades that are included. You simply pull the red button (on the left) over, insert the saw, and it locks into place when you release the button. Then you can adjust the guard to keep the piece you are cutting in place. It really secures the piece you are working with and doesn’t allow it to move around so you keep a consistent cut.
Since I also hope to install new flooring in my kitchen soon, I thought I would try a vertical cut first. It did a great job cutting a very straight line. With the larger rip fence the new BladeRunner X2 comes with, it makes it easy to guide your piece through the saw for a straight cut.
I also cut a piece using the miter gauge, set at a 45 degree angle. The miter gauge was so easy to use and gave it a nice, clean cut.
Because I didn’t have all the material needed to show you all that this tool can do, I can’t give a complete review yet, but I will definitely use the BladeRunner X2 for my future projects! I’ve really enjoyed trying out my new BladeRunner and would highly suggest it for many reasons. First, it’s so simple and easy to use. It’s easy to switch the blades and set your piece in place for cutting. It really does a nice job making a cut and it’s portable! It weighs less than 15 lbs., so it’s easy to take along in your vehicle to another job site or move around to your desired workspace in the house. My Dad really likes the BladeRunner too because it can do so much and it’s easy for him to borrow! Finally, a tool he doesn’t have that he can borrow from me…usually it’s the other way around!
I would also recommend the BladeRunner because it gives me the feeling of safety. When I first started using power saws, they made me really nervous, especially when I got into a hurry and it would throw the piece I was cutting. I’ve learned since to take my time and have become more steady, but the BladeRunner X2 really gives you more control with the guides and the guard which locks into place. I would highly recommend it for someone who might be nervous about using other power saws or those who are just starting to use power tools. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying the BladeRunner X2 is just for those who are new to using power tools. It’s perfect for professionals as well and would make it easy for them to travel to different job sites, since it’s so lightweight and versatile.
I hope this review helped give you a better idea of what the BladeRunner X2 can do. I plan on using it as much as possible, so look for it to be used and featured in my future project posts!