At first glance, the BladeRunner seems to be a corporatized version of mounting a jigsaw upside-down in a table. Heck, even the second and third glances still give that impression.
The product video on the website further tarnishes the image with its cheesy infomercial feel, especially the part with the BladeRunner doing the jobs of at least five other tools that would normally cost you $500 or more to buy. The fact you can pay for it in four easy payments of $40 doesn’t help the image of an “As Seen On TV” product. Not to disappoint, they even offer to throw in the wall mount, a $40 value, absolutely free.
So why am I even bothering to post the product? Maybe it’s the fact they named it after an all-time great SciFi movie, or maybe it’s the fact that Rockwell has been putting out some pretty decent-looking products lately. I’ve picked up their cordless tools in Menards and the build quality seems to be on par with the big boys like Bosch and Milwaukee, although I do admit I haven’t actually tested one of their products. Anyway, I figured I’d give them the benefit of the doubt.
I think BladeRunner has some interesting features. The control arm is mounted to the back and right of the table, allowing you to rip and crosscut materials. The safety guard covers the blade and provides dust collection, and a shoe on the control arm can be set to hold down the workpiece.
I can see where the optional wall mounting bracket would be handy. One, the saw doesn’t take up precious bench space, and two, you can mount it at your optimal work height rather than being stuck bending over or reaching too high. Other accessories include a circle cutter and a picture frame cutter.
The BladeRunner uses standard T-shank jigsaw blades, so when Rockwell claims it can cut wood, plastic, aluminum, ceramic, or mild steel, that’s no surprise, except maybe ceramic — I didn’t realize you could buy jigsaw blades to cut that.
For $160 plus shipping and handling, you can buy the Bladerunner with the wall mount. We’ll have to watch and wait to see if this is a truly useful tool, or just some misguided marketing project aimed at the late night infomercial crowd.