|Review by bobthebuilderinmichigan||posted 02-06-2010 06:46 PM||8506 views||2 times favorited||36 comments|
I was very impressed with the Craftsman 21833 Contractors Table Saw when I saw it in the store. It had many features found on more expensive models – i.e. the motor is 1 3/4 hp and is fully enclosed and quiet with good dust collection. However, all of that becomes worthless if you can’t align the blade to the miter slots. Mine came 1/8” out of alignment! Turns out, the trunion bolt holes aren’t drilled precisely because despite loosening them and knocking the trunions in the required direction, there is virtually no movement at all. Sears has ordered new trunions (I’m not sure that will solve the problem, since the bolt holes on the underside of the table top might just as easily be the culprits) and they have been on backorder for weeks. They can’t say when (or even IF) I will get it repaired. As a result, I’ve only used my saw a couple of times and have had to go back to my little Ryobi mobile saw with zero features. I think those people who have been lucky enough to purchase one without these aignment issues have been quite satisfied. Unfortunately, by reading the reviews on Sears own website, I think that there are quite a few people who have had severe alignment problems. I’m not sure it is worth the risk of going through what I’m going through.