What’s bigger than the Skil Multi-Cutter but smaller than a trim circular saw? If you answered the Craftsman Mini Circular Saw, well, you’re right. But Dremel now offers their own take on the tool, which looks like the 9-months-later result of a steamy night between the Craftsman and Skil. Lacking the Craftsman’s huge fence and chunky guard, the Dremel still looks a lot more versatile than the Skil.
On the surface, the Craftsman and the Dremel look pretty similar. But take a look at the specs and they diverge. Note, for example, that the Dremel spins at a whopping 17,000 RPM compared to the Craftsman’s 2,800. Really, the Dremel’s more like a, well, Dremel rotary tool with the blade mounted sideways and a fence on it than like a circ saw. You can really see the difference when you look at the accessories. The Dremel includes small abrasive (or soft-toothed) “blades,” whereas the Craftsman offers what appear to be miniaturized circ saw blades, offered in only two formats: wood and metal.
In the end, the comparison breaks down and it’s pretty clear that these are three entirely different tools, despite their shared-purpose heritage. The Skil seems destined for heavy-duty box cutting (and cutting open f*&$ing clamshell packaging). The Craftsman looks to me like the world’s smallest trim saw. And the Dremel is perfect for those situations you’d normally attack with your rotary tool, but for which you wish you had a fence.
Price-wise, they differ a lot, too. The Skil checks in at $50, while you’ll generally pay around $100 for the Craftsman and about $120 for the Dremel. Is it worth $120 for the sideways mount, guard, and accessories?
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