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#1 posted 01-03-2013 01:33 PM

First of all, your final comments are the choice that I would make. I had one of those Craftsman job site table saws a while back. Just like you, my wife bought it for me for Christmas. I actually used it for several years, but eventually gave it away to someone and bought a contractor saw (used). That was a huge improvement, but now, I wish I had held out a little longer and saved up to buy an actual cabinet style table saw. If I were in your shoes, had the money, and my wife would not be too offended, I would return the little saw you have and either get a refund or exchange it for a different saw with the features that I wanted. Craftsman does sell “real” table saws with normal 3/4” miter slots that can use normal table saw accessories. They are usually in their professional series of tools. Their “Hybrid” saws (which means cabinet style design with contractor saw power) have been quite popular and have decent features at reasonable cost. Certainly worth checking it out. Otherwise, if you don’t want to exchange this saw, you may want to consider building the saw station that Norm Abrams (New Yankee Workshop) designed and built for his show. You can find plans and video here:!/~/product/category=1855062&id=7916588. It would greatly enhance the functionality of that little saw. Ultimately, that saw will be a compromise for you over the long haul, but as has often been stated, it is not the tool that determines the quality of the work, it is the skill of the craftsman. There are many examples on this website of very high quality work being executed with very simple tools. Personally, I’ve gotten to the point that I do a lot of my own work with hand tools. I’m to the point that I am considering getting rid of my table saw all together to make room for a larger work bench in my shop.


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