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#1 posted 12-01-2012 12:42 AM

The BT3000 is the earlier iteration of this saw; later was the BT3100. As far as I know, the only change was to boost the motor amps from 12 or 13 to 15. Can someone verify whether this is true? Oh, I believe the stand was different on the newer version too. I had a BT3100 for a couple of years, and never found it underpowered. I used a Diablo blade. I am unaware of any other 10” saw that can cut a 4X4 in one cut. I came to like that saw quite a bit, though I admit I didn’t use the sliding miter very much, but a SMC instead. Sold it when I got a well-used Unisaw, because I lacked room for both. I never used it as a jobsite saw because it was a bit heavy and awkward to move.
Can’t help wondering about C’man’s version of it. Sears puts out contracts for bid, and may use Ryobi, Skil, Black and Decker, and probably others according to whoever can cut the most corners and cost Sears the least. I have come to be convinced that Sears always specifies crappy bearings and other critical parts in their tools. I had their little jobsite saw for a while. When you started it up, you could see the blade wobble about 3/16” until it got to speed and smoothed out. Under load, it slowed down and the wobble returned, of course leaving significant saw marks on the work. It sounded like they had used pea gravel for the ball bearings. Noisiest saw I ever used. So I’m wondering if anybody’s tried the Craftsman version of the BT3100, and what your impression of it is.

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