"I have to review this saw as the only review on here very nearly put me off, as it probably has many others. The other reviewer is a perfect example of someone that shouldn't be allowed near power tools and should pay for someone else to do the work for them.
I bought this as i needed a small blade to cut laminated MDF - the bathroom wall cladding type. I was hoping this might cause less breakout / damage to the surface than any of my other saws. Thanks to the small blade and extremely high speed, this worked better than expected.
The construction of the saw is superb, much better than the pictures appear. The black blade housing and foot are actually metal, when they appear to be plastic. The depth gauge works well and stays locked in place.
Cutting a straight line with this is simple, the saw blade and the cutting line are perfectly visible. Possibly more visible than either my Dewalt or Bosch skill saws. The blade marker on the front of the tool is also accurate. The straight edge guide is solid and accurate. I haven't tried the 2 x 4 guide (and will probably never need to) but it should work OK. If your not cutting a straight line with this tool or the blade is jamming, then you are not using it properly. It has a fairly small blade, so any jerky hand movements will naturally cause a crooked line (same as using a jigsaw).
The motor is typical of Dremmel, it's well built and doesn't struggle unless your forcing it. The speed of the motor (17,000rpm) is impressive and creates a neat cut, but with a lot of fine dust - I haven't tested the vacuum attachment yet, hopefully it takes away the majority of it. It's a shame that there's not a soft start on the motor as it can easily catch you off guard, but so long as you are aware when starting, its only a minor thing.
I bought this a few weeks ago for convenience on the one job, and since then i have used it for loft flooring, shelving units, rebuilding kitchen cupboards around box work, cutting sheet metal and ripping various MDF and plywood sheets. Definitely a good purchase. The blades seem to be lasting well, but as they are an original size it might be tricky or even expensive to get replacements in the future.
All in all, a well made little machine that has has already paid for itself."
18 of 18 people found this review helpful.
Share this Review:
Review 2 for Dremel DSM20 710W Compact Saw Kit 240V
"I purchased this saw for very small woodwork jobs, and thought it would be a useful addition to my toolbox. How wrong was I? It is virtually impossible to cut accurately with this saw, as the blade is totally obscured by the guard. You have to rely on a marker at the front of the saw to follow your cutting line. Unfortunately, the last 2 inches or so, has to be blind/freehand making it very difficult to get a tidy cut at the end of the saw run. The detachable saw guide is a joke. Again, it's impossible to get a straight cut using this as it tends to twist and causes the blade to jam. It''s a pity really, as the construction of this saw is excellent, as is the motor power.
It might be OK when mounted to a saw bench arrangement, but as a hand tool it fails miserably....not cheap either!"