October 13, 2010

RotoZip ZipSaw Multipurpose Cut-Off Saw


RotoZip is on the verge of releasing something called the ZipSaw which seems to walk the line between a 'grinder' and, well, a 'grinder.' It looks like a good one-stop tool for a tile installer, but it's likely that anyone could find plenty for it to do.

It really is just a grinder with a slightly modified body shape, optimized for cutting rather than grinding. So the difference is an ergonomic one. It has the same detachable side handle as a grinder and the same power (7amps - there are plenty of grinders that get up into the 12-13 amp range, but they're built for hours of metal grinding, not tile work like this tool).


When equipped with a RotoZip XWheel, the ZipSaw is capable of a flush cut, which is a nice feature. Because there are XWheels available that can cut metal, tile, and wood, this looks like the ZipSaw could be good tool to have around, especially for a bathroom or kitchen remodel. The dust collection system makes it even more appealing. We've never had any issues with our RotoZip and in fact, we're constantly impressed with its durability, which gives us high hopes for the ZipSaw.

The tool, a couple wheels, and a dust collection kit will be sold for $100.

Due in stores on November 8th.

Press release is after the jump...

New ZipSaw combines the best of an angle grinder and jamb-saw into one

MT. PROSPECT, Ill. (Oct. 1, 2010) - Recognizing the limitations of typical flush-cut saws and angle grinders, RotoZip® combined their best features to create a more powerful, purpose-built cut-off saw. Today the company introduced the new ZipSaw™, their most versatile saw yet.

Using input from remodelers and tile installers, RotoZip optimized the ergonomics for cutting rather than grinding. Although the ZipSaw features a 7-amp grinder motor and drivetrain, it is specially designed for cut-offs. For superior control, the ZipSaw's slim, ergonomically designed body features a front grip area and side-assist handle. A soft grip helps to ensure user comfort while built-in dust collection reduces airborne debris for a cleaner work area and improved visibility. This is especially helpful when removing old grout from bathrooms.

The ZipSaw's range of compatible accessories makes for an extremely versatile tool. Its universal wheel flanges are compatible with all RotoZip wheels as well as standard 4-inch grinder wheels. Pair the ZipSaw with XWHEELS™ or Zip® Wheels, and you can tackle straight, curved or notched cuts in a variety of materials, including tile, wood and metal. Whether making tile cutouts for toilet flanges and drains, or flush cuts in baseboard and doorjambs, with XWHEELS the ZipSaw delivers a fast cut with better accuracy than traditional tools.

Unlike single-purpose tools, the new ZipSaw is outfitted to handle multiple applications, making it a quick solution to challenging installation and tile projects. For example, installing new flooring often entails adjusting the height of existing baseboards or doorjambs. The ZipSaw system allows users to simply flush cut them in place, instead of removing them and repositioning them.

Cutting floor tile usually requires multiple tools (e.g., wet saws for straight cuts and nippers for curves). It can be a slow and messy process, but with the ZipSaw tool and a tile XWHEEL accessory, users can make cuts as they're needed, quickly and accurately. Just plunge and cut or begin cutting from the edge of the work piece.

Other features of the new ZipSaw include: a slide switch with lock-on, replaceable motor brushes and a removable flush-cut guard with quick-adjust.

The ZipSaw retails for $100 and will be available nationwide beginning Nov. 8 at major home centers and industrial supply houses. The ZipSaw will be sold in a kit that contains the following items:

• RFS1000 ZipSaw
• Dust-Collection Kit
• Auxiliary handle
• 2 wrenches
• Universal flanges
• 1 Wood XWHEEL and 1 Tile Zip®Wheel OR 1 Tile XWHEEL

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Posted by Doug Mahoney at October 13, 2010 5:25 AM
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