|Review by dnick||posted 02-10-2012 05:23 AM||20735 views||2 times favorited||8 comments|
I’ve only had this saw 3 1/2 months but I think I can give a good review. I have to start by saying I did not shop for a new saw. I had a 7 year old Craftsman21140 that Sear’s techs basically ruined, & this is a replacement, but I had to pay $250. out of pocket. You could see that on my ” How I wound up with….” forum post. I really have nothing to compare this saw to, but the 21140. This is a significant upgrade. I really liked the 21140. Doesn’t look that good now. I assembled with my best friend, not difficult, instructions o.k. The center table is flat, but both wings were slightly warped. We spent more than half the assembly time shimming the wings & while we could never get dead flat across the whole table it seems to be within acceptable limits. The box wrench broke in half the first time I used it. The insert is crap. Really bad. They glued some black sheet metal at the rear of the insert and it sits proud of the rest of the insert. Stop a piece of wood dead in it’s tracks. Sent a new one, same. Had to file it down so I could make zero clearence inserts. I really like that it’s really easy to make the inserts. just cut the rectangle to size, round over the corners on the drum sander, & rout( I used a forstner bit & chisel ) a shallow recess on the bottom underside. I’ve read all the debates about granite vs. cast iron. I only had 1 magnetic jig. I think, if the granite holds up, I will like not having to clean the cast iron. I’m getting older & my elbow hurts. This thing is really solid, no vibration. The outfied table is a really nice feature. The saw comes with a splitter & a riving knife. The blade guard & pawls must be attached to the riving knife after it is inserted & it’s awkward & difficult. Mostly I just use the splitter. The fence is nice & heavy , sraight but not dead flat, wavy or bumpy. apparently ithe fence pads are attached with carraige bolts in interior slots, & everywhere there is a carriage bolt, there is a slight bump out on the exterior face. The pads are supposed to be replaceable, but I haven’t figured out how to do it yet. If I look at my zero clearence inserts, I see significant runout. Don’t have a gauge to measure this, sure don’t know how to fix it. It has plenty of power & for me it really is an upgrade. If I was shopping for a new saw, I have no idea if I would have bought this saw. I surely would have looked at other brands. This could have been a great saw, but they dropped the ball on the details. All said & done, it’s such an upgrade for me, I couldn’t give it it less than 4 stars.
-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.