Rockwell RK3440K vs RK3441K
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Pitting the old against the new. The Rockwell RK3440K vs RK3441K. Two great compact circular saws both of which are highly regarded by hobbyists and pro's alike.
There are a number of compact circular saws available such as the Dremel Saw Max or Ultra Saw, the Versacut however gained huge popularity since it's launch. It has now been replaced by Rockwell with the RK3441K Compact Saw.
Before comparing one against the other let us have a brief look at each saw individually outlining the features and performance of them both. Below you will find a quick review of each.
Rockwell RK3440K Versacut Review
The Rockwell RK3440K Versacut is a lightweight highly portable mini-circular saw. It is geared towards one handed operation on sheet materials that are less than two inches thick.
The RK3440K gives all of the cutting functionality of a larger circular saw in a highly portable and maneuverable compact design. The only major piece of functionality missing from the Versacut is the omission of a bevel feature i.e you can only make cuts at 90 degrees.
The Versacut is designed to cut different materials that have a fairly thin profile. It comes with three different types of blades. One of each for wood, aluminum/PVC and one for ceramic tile.
It is specifically designed for ease of use with one hand. Being able to make precise and clean cuts quickly and efficiently on site can save a lot of time. The rear mounted motor on the Versacut gives it a well balanced feel and can help to reduce user fatigue over extended periods of use.
The depth adjustment is quick and easy thanks to a well placed lever, making the transition between different cutting depths a breeze.
The Versacut uses a laser guide to greatly increase your cutting accuracy especially over long cuts on sheets of wood.
It comes with a large/small allen key, laser batteries, 3 blades and a carry case.
- Powered by a 4 Amp motor
- Laserguide technology
- Weighs 3.4 pounds
- 24T Carbide blade
- 44T HSS blade
- Diamond blade
- No bevel
Rockwell RK3441K Review
The Rockwell RK3441K is a newer version of the Verscut above. It features a 5 Amp motor with a max no-load speed of 3500 RPM. It has a 4-1/2 inch blade that is capable of cutting up to 2 inches in depth.
It is capable of cutting up to 45 degree bevel. At 90 degrees it has a maximum cutting depth 1-11/16 of an inch and 1-1/8 inch at 45 degrees.
Unlike the Versacut it does not have a laser site but the line of site is still well maintained due to a clean and well organized body design and a parallel edge guide.
Again like the RK3440K Versacut the RK3441K is more suited to right handed people. The line of site is favored for right hander's as the blade and line guide are mounted on the left of the main body of the saw.
The updated model follows a similar design layout as the original. The motor is still rear mounted giving you a great balanced feel in your hands and a smooth movement over a flat cutting surface.
- 5 Amp motor
- Max speed 3500 RPM
- Max cut depth 1-11/16 inches
- Bevel cut at 45 degrees 1-1/8 inch
- Weighs 5 pounds
Rockwell RK3440K vs RK3441K
Comparing such similar compact saws is not always going to be easy. However the RK3441K is the winner as it definitely the more powerful cutting tool. Not only is it the more powerful saw with it's 5 amp motor but it also has a deeper cutting depth.
Both power and cutting performance are the most important attributes of these types of saws and the RK3441K is out in front on it's older brother.
That being said it would have been nice to maintain the laser guide that came on the original Versacut RK3440K.
Also given that the RK3441K compact saw is generally cheaper than the RK3440K Versacut then it is pretty much a no brainer that the RK3441K is the better buy.