Every so often a new tool comes on to the power tool market that reinvents a process and changes the way we do things. The new Saw Max by Dremel is, I feel such a tool.
Dremel have created a tool which will change the way we approach the pedestrian task of cutting timber, plastics, tile, stone and steel. The Saw Max wraps all of these applications up into one easy and safe to use tool.
The heart of the Saw max contains a worm gear drive which transfers a massive amount of power to the carbide tipped blades, which gives the Saw Max an almost unstoppable feel. With the ability to connect a dust extractor the saw max has an extremely efficient dust collection system which gives you a cleaner and healthier work environment.
The Saw Max can, when coupled with the SM600 flush cut blade can be used as an undercut saw to quickly and easily undercut door frames and skirting boards to insert new flooring materials.
I’ve had a good chance to test this tool so please click this link, Dremel Saw Max to read my in depth review on this amazing new tool.
I hope you enjoy this review, I had a lot of fun playing with the Saw Max, and writing this article
As always your comments and questions are always appreciated.
Keep safe and have fun,
Hi Bryan, thanks very much for this review.
I think Dremel is often underrated because it is inexpensive. I got hold of a cordless MultiMax a while back and was very impressed.
I didn’t even know the SawMax was coming … it’s not on the Dremel Australia web site!
I’d be very interested to know when you would lean to the SawMax v’s when you would have typically used an angle grinder, multi tool, jigsaw, etc (it seems to fall in amongst all three and more – particularly with the plunge capability).
You mentioned “flimsy” in relation to certain bits and that the unit was getting hot after a relatively short period of use. In your opinion, could you rate it;
A) a very useful tool, despite minor shortcomings
B) a good tool to have if you don’t already have X?, Y? and Z?
C) a really good idea, but probably better to wait for “gen II”
Thanks again for this.
Thanks for your comments.
I feel that the saw maw will be a bit of a game changer when it is properly introduced into the Australian Tool market. This tool will allow a lot of people who’ve been nervous about worried about “toothed” blade cutting devices to enter and hopefully embrace woodwork and allied crafts.
You asked when I’d use the saw max in my workshop. I’m currently renovating a house at the moment and during testing I used the saw max on a variety of different applications. I found myself reaching for the saw max rather than the circular saw to cut sheet timber materials as well as cutting a lot of 290 x 19 pine for a shelving unit.
For under cutting surfaces such as door frames and skirting boards it’s considerably faster than using a multimaster or multimax tool.
As far as cutting metal I’d only use the saw max for small jobs as the discs, like any grinding disc wear quickly. For large cutting jobs I’d still turn to my 5″ grinder.
I don’t foresee any problems with the adjustment handle on the saw max even thoug I said that it appeared flimsy.
In testing it performed perfectly and I had no problems with it slipping or loosening during use.
Regarding your comment about the machine getting hot.
I ran this test to assess hoe the saw maw performed under pressure. In normal application it’s unlikely you’d use the machine continuously cutting hardwoods. Usually when a tool gets extremely hor you start to see issues such as fluctuations in speed, but as I said in the article there was no noticible deterioration in performance.
In conclusion I’d say that the saw max is a really good addition to any workshop!