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Blog entry by Rustic posted 1798 days ago 1298 reads 0 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi All,

My table saw is going into the shop again for the same problem as all the other times. I changed out the blade and thought I had tightened everything down, well I truned the saw on and heard the fateful sound I have heard so many times before. My heart sunk.

So now I am thinking of getting a new table saw. I think I may go with craftsman this time. My dad has had his for 50 years or so and still runs like a champ. The one I have now is a Ryobi.

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#1 posted 1798 days ago

There are many different levels of craftsman TS’s. What type were you looking at.

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#2 posted 1798 days ago

You should consider in stepping up to the hibrid table saw it is light years a better saw than the other styles Sears offers, on sale you can probably get one for $700 to $800 and you won’t regret it.
Less noise, less vibration, more accuracy and greater pleasure when using it. The 22124 is a joy I have one and have not found any bad reviews so far of it. By the way my previous TS was also a Ryoby.

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#3 posted 1798 days ago

sorry your table saw is on the outs again…...i dont have any experiance with craftsman…but i would think if you get one of there quality saw’s you prob will come out all right….ive had my delta for 14 years and not one problem….its a 3hp…with a three belt drive…so i can only speak with that experiance…..i hope you get up and running soon….i dont know what i would do if my saw was gone…is there life without a table saw……...good luck..let us know what you end up doing…....grizzman

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#4 posted 1798 days ago

for me craftsman is just a way to get on my feet ,
and make some money to get a good tool .
i’ve had to go to sears 3 times over the years ,
and start again .
when i can , i sell them , or give them away ,
to someone less fortunate than me .

they are a good place to visit ,
but i wouldn’t want to live there .

good luck !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#5 posted 1798 days ago

I have to chime in with Patrons idea on my Craftsman saw.

I’m buying a fairly inexpensive saw for around $250, and expect it to let the smoke out of the motor at about five years. ( The last one let go about three months after the warranty expired…) When the replacement motor is $150, I either toss the whole thing, or as in the last one, I turned the top and guides into a portable router table.

This one is the one I have, I like it, and it’s on sale for $189.

But this is the portable saw that goes to the jobsite, or gets loaned out if my dad has some flooring or some dirty or rough stuff that he doesn;t want to cut on his $1500 de Walt…

I think I’m on my fourth or fifth unit that I either have burned up or traded out of over the last 25 years.

It may sound funny, but when my regular jobs all crapped out and I found myself scrambling for income, I could always fall back on feeding my family with my carpentry or masonry skills. I could easily be persuaded that I should have spent twice as much on a better saw, and in the long run I would have saved money, but at the time, cash flow has been the critical element in my shopping decision.

But with all that, I’ve seen guys show up with the $100 really cheap table top saws and I could never recommend even for a boat anchor. I would use my circular saw and a long edge guide and get much cleaner rips on plywood and siding in half the time.

Hope the thoughts help.


-- I don't make sawdust...I produce vast quantities of "Micro Mulch."

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#6 posted 1798 days ago

I think I spent $300 on my craftsman table saw 2-3 years ago. Hard to justify spending more when woodwork is just a hobby, but I wish I would have spent more and got a better one. It probably won’t be a craftsman next time. Just my opinion.

-- Alan, Prince George

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Rick Dennington

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#7 posted 1798 days ago

Get a Delta, and a UniSaw if you can afford it. “nuff said.

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

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#8 posted 1798 days ago

I also have had the Craftsman 22124 for almost two years and it has been great. But I am not sure that they are still selling this model. I do not see it online and it was not in the store the last time I was there.

This seems very odd, since the saw seemed very popular and well reviewed. I guess that Sears has some serious marketing problems.

-- “That it will never come again / Is what makes life so sweet. ” ― Emily Dickinson

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#9 posted 1798 days ago

In all the woodworking classes I took years ago, I was told that the proper pronunciation is “Crapsman”. I was never sure if it was bias or not on the part of a shop that was heavily stocked with General equipment…

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#10 posted 1798 days ago

just to clarify my earlier post, i think that at certain price points, there are better brands. For example, my first craftsman was $200. I didn’t know what i was doing when I made my purchase and it turned out that the miter slots were not standard. The fence was also extremely flimsy. I ended up getting a refurbished ridgid benchtop saw for only $75 more and have something I can work with for quite some time. Just some thoughts.

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#11 posted 1798 days ago

Well, right now with having very little money. I am looking to make a slight upgrade from Ryobi where I can have a “standard” top with a real miter slot. I saw a bench top model at craftsman for anywhere from 99 to 250 bucks. I would love to buy a delta or other high end model. The space I have in my shop plays a big factor. Thanks for the input

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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Brent McAloney

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#12 posted 1798 days ago

I bought the Ridgid R4500, my firt table saw. The saw works great and plenty of power, but it is to big, I should of bought a smaller saw

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#13 posted 1798 days ago

It sounds to me like you should just quit changing blades. Or at least quit using a pneumatic tire wrench for tightening the nut. Sorry, I couldn’t resist.

-- NorthWoodsMan

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#14 posted 1798 days ago

I know this is coming from a shop teacher. But if you spend less than $300 and use the saw more than once an month, you aren’t going to be happy. My personal experiences are with the delta that Lowes sells for about $400-500. I got 3 good years out of that working it pretty hard. I also had the portable ridgid on the construction site for the class I taught. I know 2 co workers that have the ridgid contractor and like it. I looked and strongly considered a Grizzly, but found a sale on unisaws for $1200 in 2005. Being that the shop is my life only second to my family (only because mom says it has to be) I couldn’t justify $1000 on a grizzly at that time.

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#15 posted 1798 days ago

I own a craftsman 10 inch table saw and still using the saw after approx. 15 years. I do have to say that the rip fence sucked so, I installed a Vega Professional 40 inch fence. This fence made a huge difference on the performace and accuracy. I also made a sliding table that I use in place of the miter gauge.

-- Behind every great man is his wife with rolling eyes.

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