|Review by michaeldmunro||posted 10-13-2009 03:56 PM||8321 views||1 time favorited||10 comments|
This being my first product review, I might miss some obvious things, but I’ll give it my best shot.
At around $100, the Craftsman 21802 10 in. Table Saw is a good beginner’s saw. This is also my first table saw. I had no expectations other than when I was done I would be able to cut wood with it! The assembly was easy and I had it together in about 30 minutes or so. All the parts for the stands fit nice and everything lined up where it was supposed to.
After assembly I set about to square the blade up to the work surface. Here is where this saw lost a star from me. The hex bolts holding the motor in place were cranked down very tight to begin with. I suppose this could be a safety issue, but it made it hard to square the blade. I had a hard time getting my hands in there to get to the locking nut under the motor. There’s just not a lot of room under there. I was finally able to get the bolts loose and square up the blade.
After tightening the bolts back up I took it outside for a test run. The motor has enough horsepower to cut lighter stock. If you’re cutting hardwood, take your time feeding it through. Now, this could be due to the stock blade, so I won’t say that the saw is completely underpowered. Just take your time.
The miter gauge and the rip fence are passable, but you will want to measure two or three times when you set up for a cut. They are made very cheap and I don’t know how accurate they are.
Hope this helps anyone looking to buy this saw. I’ve been able to get a floor out of it. Now on to my workbench!