|Review by jake||posted 01-16-2009 10:50 AM||6369 views||0 times favorited||8 comments|
I often make furniture for my home and family. I have a larger miter saw but it is too big and heavy to easily move around and I have a small shop space to deal with. I had an old 8-1/4 Delta miter saw that died after 20 years of faithful service that I would often pull out to use, instead of the 12 incher. I missed that little guy and saw the Craftsman 7-1/4 sliding miter on sale for 99.00. It is usually about 169.00. The small blade is fine for one inch material that I usually use and it will cut 2 inch masterial as will a circular saws blade. It tracks very smoothly, and holds its settings well. The small blade is relatively stiff due to its smaller diameter and cheap to replace. It came well packed and all settings were dead on out of the box. I find myself using this saw more and more, due to its decent cutting action and light weight and small size. It is much quieter than the larger saw as well, so nice to use when family is around and I am in the shop working. The first three numbers of thier products are the mfg. code. It looks like this saw is put out by the same company that is making many of their Craftsman Professional line, like their circular saws and routers. They have been getting good reviews as well. Seems like Sears has moved to better tools for a reasonable price, as until recently I found them overpriced and lacking in quality/features even at thier sale prices. Nice to see them working to bring the name back to a level of respectability. As most people know the bigger table saws are put out by a division of Steel City, and when on sale are a good value. If you need a handy saw that is easy to tote and doesnt take a large foot print, check this out as it is not just a toy. The 12 inch Dewalt is gathering a lot of dust now but glad I have it.