What are your thoughts on the brand new Saw-Max


What are your thoughts on the brand new Saw-Max

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The Dremel brand is anxious to hear your feedback on the new Saw-Max. Who has purchased one and used it for a project? What are your thoughts? We would love to hear them here: http://www.dremelnewsroom.com/epks/SawMax_Dremel3000/saw-max.html.

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I was trimming out windows at my brothers camp and ran into a problem.  When they put the pine siding on the walls they ran it too far towards the windows.  In order to trim the windows I had to build out the windows with 2x3 pine to make it flush with the finished walls to receive the trim.  To do this I had to cut back all the pine siding around the windows about one inch. 

Fortunately I had brought my saw max incase I ran into trouble and I was glad I did.  I set the depth adjustment to 5/8 and cut back all the siding.  It made short work of all 7 windows, without it I don't know what I would have done.  The tool is easy to use and is controlled very easily unlike a lot of other tools.

I also experimented cutting 3/4" maple flooring and was surprised how easily it cut. Well done dDremel.

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Hi! It´s a nice tool, but honestly I was expecting more, I found it no so easy to control for precision cuts; free hand cuts where not much precision seems to be the strenght of the Saw Max.
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Mine just died on the job. Blade seems to be spinning at full throttle, but began to stall when plunged into the soft plastic. Now the spindle lock has failed. I was cutting 1/8 Inch aluminum diamond plate and when I finisished I went to change the blade and the spindle lock will not engage. I just can't win on this deal. I will call on monday to find out what needs to be done with the tool.
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Got the Saw Max for xmas. Had to install a kitchen sink and thought it would be a good first test.... Marked out the cuts on the laminate countertop. Got the first two sides cut and noticed the tool getting very hot at the end of the third cut. Started the last cut and noticed smoke "leaking out" and the motor making a noise and the blade speed dropped. Unplug the Saw Max and finish the job with another tool..... Not real happy with the way it performed.... Let's hope repair service is better. Tool seem like a good idea. I just want one that will work and not die out of the box....
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I bought a Saw-max last night to use on a project today.  I bought it based on my extremely positive experience with the Dremel rotary tool that I've had for 10+ years.

Unfortunately, I was very disappointed.  I was unable to make accurate cuts, even on 3/4" pine.  The kerf is wide and without an edge guide there was no way to make consistent cuts - I was regularly off by 1/8". 

Then I used the saw-max to cut metal, and it almost caught on fire - seriously, there was thick smoke and a burnt plastic smell, I assume from sparks melting the wheel guard.  I tried stopping every ten seconds or so to let it cool down, but it kept smoking, and I had to finish the job with my regular dremel.  Why is this tool supplied with a metal cutting wheel if the housing of the device can't handle the job?

I plan to return the Saw-max tomorrow.  I hope Home Depot will take it back. 

Hopefully with changes this tool will be more useful.  It needs a metal housing around the blade, and it should come with an edge guide.  If those changes are ever made, I would consider purchasing another.

Sorry, I wish I had better things to say.  Sad

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Hi, this is Beth from Dremel Customer Service.  I'm sorry that the Saw Max didn't meet your expectations.  Can you share with me what you expected it to accomplish that it didn't? Thank you for your response.

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Hi, this is Beth from Dremel Customer Service.  I'm sorry the Saw Max didn't perform up to your expectations.  Yes, you are right, perhaps a straight edge would have helped to assist you in your project more readily.  (All the attachments for the Saw Max are available directly through us).  If you haven't returned your Saw Max back to the store, we'd truly like to assist you with this, along with discussing your application(s) further.  Please feel free to call one of our representatives on our toll free phone number of 1-800-437-3635, Monday - Friday, 7:00 am - 6:00 pm, CST.  Thanks so much!

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Beth, I've already returned the Saw-max, but here's what I was trying to accomplish - cut a 2" x 3/4" inch pine plank into lengths, three of which had to match exactly.  Without an edge guide, I was unable to get these to be exactly the same.  Some of that could arguable be operator error, though I don't have this issue with my circular saw.  I'm sure with time I could have found a way to make this work, perhaps using a different piece of lumber and some c-clamps to make my own guide.  I did see that an edge guide was mentioned in the owner's manual, but I couldn't find any mention of a Saw Max edge guide on the Dremel website or anywhere else, and it wasn't clear if the edge guide for the Trio or Rotary would work.

The other part of my project was to cut a sheet of 16 gauge steel.  The longest cut was 12" long.  I used the blade for metal and began cutting.  There were lots of sparks, much more than I see with my Multi-max dremel.  The tool got hot, and within a minute smoke started to come out of the wheel housing and the vacuum attachment port.  I tried cutting in small segments, five to ten seconds, with a cool down in between, but there was still smoke.  If I cut for much more than thirty seconds continuously, the smoke got thick and I was concerned about fire, so I stopped using the tool.

I hope that info helps with future enhancements to the tool.

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Thank you for your reply.  Sorry you ended up returning the Saw Max after all.  We DO make a Straight Edge Guide for the Saw Max (it's an optional purchase right now through Dremel direct only), but depending on the width of your cut, it may not be what you would use.  As another way of doing your cut you could clamp or nail a straight piece of 1" lumber to the sheet as a guide.  Use the right side of the foot on the Saw Max against the board guide.  Also, please follow these suggestions as well: 1.  Always clamp wood down with a vise or fixture - makes your piece more stable for cutting.  2.  On the tool there is a "cutting guide notch" which will help to give you an approximate line of cut, and 3.  Remember to position your body to either side of the wheel - not in line with the wheel.                                                                               As always, Dremel truly appreciates your input and detail of your experience and be assured that your comments will be forwarded to the proper teams in the organization.                                     If you have any further questions for us, please feel free to call us on our toll free phone number of 1-800-437-3635, Mon-Fri, 7:00 am - 6:00 pm, CST.  Any of us would be happy to assist you.

-Dremel Customer Service Team


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