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post #21 of 29 Old 05-29-2012, 05:51 PM
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Blade Runner Warning

At age 70 I needed to retire, downsize my 5 bedroom home to a 36’ Toy-Hauler RV and my 2 car garage(shop) to a 16’ cargo van. That meant replacing older bigger tools with small more versatile tools. This was my first (and last) attempt to do that on the Internet.

Buying the Blade Runner, to put it bluntly, was a big mistake. The problem was the guide. (1) The manufacturer “punched out” its chassis, instead of using forged material. (2) There are only two blade rollers instead of three. (3) The adjustments are too little, and for the most part in the wrong places. All this resulted in a “cosmetic” and dangerous guide that never stayed adjusted.

My old jig saw is more precise and it’s definitely no match for the mini-band saw I’ve since bought. You would think the above would make one mad. No! But the following did.

After emailing the distributor for authorization to return it and boxing it back up, I was reminded of the famous words, “Read the fine print.” Original cost shipped to me: $193.00. Cost of returning it was; original shipping; my shipping cost; insurance; and a whopping 20% restocking charge. Total $109.56. You do the math. Now, that made me mad!

I have no one to blame but myself, but I am left with the piece of mind that I do not a poorly engineered and potentially dangerous machine in my new shop. If this commentary saves just one person a hand, fingers, or even nothing more than a hundred bucks, then writing it has been worth the time.

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Ouch, that's an expensive lesson to learn. Thanks for sharing your tool review with us.

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post #23 of 29 Old 05-29-2012, 07:08 PM
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At age 70 I needed to retire, downsize my 5 bedroom home to a 36’ Toy-Hauler RV and my 2 car garage(shop) to a 16’ cargo van. That meant replacing older bigger tools with small more versatile tools. This was my first (and last) attempt to do that on the Internet.

Buying the Blade Runner, to put it bluntly, was a big mistake. The problem was the guide. (1) The manufacturer “punched out” its chassis, instead of using forged material. (2) There are only two blade rollers instead of three. (3) The adjustments are too little, and for the most part in the wrong places. All this resulted in a “cosmetic” and dangerous guide that never stayed adjusted.

My old jig saw is more precise and it’s definitely no match for the mini-band saw I’ve since bought. You would think the above would make one mad. No! But the following did.

After emailing the distributor for authorization to return it and boxing it back up, I was reminded of the famous words, “Read the fine print.” Original cost shipped to me: $193.00. Cost of returning it was; original shipping; my shipping cost; insurance; and a whopping 20% restocking charge. Total $109.56. You do the math. Now, that made me mad!

I have no one to blame but myself, but I am left with the piece of mind that I do not a poorly engineered and potentially dangerous machine in my new shop. If this commentary saves just one person a hand, fingers, or even nothing more than a hundred bucks, then writing it has been worth the time.

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This brings up one question. Was the fine print available to you before purchase? To be specific, before you paid the $193.00.
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I also have to do a major step down in shop and tools (medical reasons) and am curious what mini bandsaw you found? I'm looking at the Rikon 10-300or10-305 (don't know the difference?) if anybody has any feedback.
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Blade Runner Warning (con't)

After mentioning that the "fine print" was only available on the packing list the supplier said they "would be refunding" the entire amount." We'll wait and see! This would be a good saw, if they'd just re-engineer the guide.

I also am looking for a small band saw that's in the $200 price range with blades that are not half the price of the saw.

Found a 4" table saw but it seems to be made out of gold or some other precious metal. When you total up the options (which should be included), like a fence and guide, it's about what I paid down on my first Piper Cub.

Right now I'm glad I have a lot of small (muscle powered) hand tools.
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I have recently purchased the Blade Runner. Yes it is a saber saw mounted upside down w/table. The saw will not replace a good table saw or scroll saw, but for most home projects or a crafter it is easy to handle. I like mine , I know it's a$100.00 tool so you can't expect it to perform like commercial quality tools.
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Smile Blade Runner

Hi, I posted a reply on this tool about a week or so ago. At that time I hadn't really used it for a project just testing it. The first thing I did before starting a project was purchased some quality blades. The new blades made quite a difference. I see things that I need to tweak, but all in all I like the saw. Like anything else, it has it's limitations.

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Just saw a TV ad for the Rockwell "Blade Runner" and wondered if anyone here has used one and if so with what results?

Seems to me like something I could get some good use from but I'm always a little leery of those "as seen on TV" type gadgets.

Thanks for any help,

Paul
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