You’ve seen the infomercial. It’s the one tool to rule them all. The Rockwell Bladerunner is touted as a replacement for a table saw, band saw, scroll saw, jig saw, circular saw, etc.
Yeah, I think it’s to good to be true as well.
Nevertheless, it is an interesting tool that I can see a use for in small places. For example, if I would have seen woodworking as way to make money while in college this would be a good tool to keep in an apartment thanks to it’s small footprint and portability. Although I think the college student living in an apartment would be better served with a cheap circular saw and a small bandsaw, or hand tools (due to noise restrictions).
It’s an intriguing tool. Basically a jigsaw mounted to a table. I saw a video by Stumpy Nubs about building your own. He sales plans for his “bladerunner” knockoff. I got a few ideas from his video but mostly just figured out my own design.
Here’s the video. It is a little on the long side. I really need to step up my editing skills, and video shooting skills. For now I’m stuck with, and you are stuck with me filming with my phone and an impromptu camera stand.
I’m underwhelmed. I’m not putting Rockwell’s tool down at all, since I’ve never used it. Maybe they have it figured out. Now it works, Kinda. It doesn’t beat a bandsaw at all. Not. Even. Close. Sure I can cut metal with the right blade, but I think it would still be better to use my vise and use my jigsaw in the traditional way.
Try to make your own. If yours turns out great let me know what you did so I can try to improve my design. However, even if it worked as well as the real Bladrunner, I don’t think it would get much use. A 9″ bandsaw is about the same price, easier to use, and, I think, much safer.
What do you think? What did I do wrong? What would you do differently?