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Craftsman 21802 (10 in. Table Saw with Stand)

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Review by michaeldmunro posted 10-13-2009 03:56 PM 6519 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
Craftsman 21802 (10 in. Table Saw with Stand) Craftsman 21802 (10 in. Table Saw with Stand) Craftsman 21802 (10 in. Table Saw with Stand) Click the pictures to enlarge them

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!

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#1 posted 10-13-2009 05:15 PM

does your saw have smooth miter slots or does it have a few little “teeth” to help hold the miter gauge down to the table? Mine had teeth and that became the reason I needed to replace it. I couldn’t use any homem ade jigs. I hope they changed that.

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#2 posted 10-13-2009 06:32 PM

My dad has one of these, and while it’s no cabinet saw, it does OK for utility-grade projects, such as crosscutting and ripping cedar fence pickets, and cutting 2-by lumber for quick work benches. One of the better features is that the whole thing weighs about 30 lb complete, so you can pick it up and set it right where you need it.

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#3 posted 10-14-2009 03:18 AM

You’re on your way now. Next comes the router table, then the drill press, then the …. oh you know the rest.
Christmas is coming, better start making your list. Nice job on the review. Thanks for taking the time.

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#4 posted 10-14-2009 03:19 AM

good review enjoy your new saw.

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#5 posted 10-14-2009 04:51 AM

i had a saw similar to this and it was my first TS as well. For $100 it was the right tool for me at the time. Plus it’s size makes it portable and less intimidating than a big cabinet saw. Other than outgrowing it the only problem I had with it was the fence. The fence was always out of square and eventually broke and I had to rig up my own which took FOREVER to set up for each cut. Anyway, I still have mine buried on the bottom shelf in the garage and I’d like to use it for something but I need to fix that fence issue;)

My only advice is watch that fence and make sure you don’t get any wicked kickback.

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#6 posted 10-14-2009 05:28 PM

Congratulations on your first table saw. I remember when I bought my 5 function combi machine. I used the tablesaw right away, but I was very new to woodworking, so I just tiptoed around it for quite a while before I actually got up the nerve to try the other 4 functions.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

#7 posted 10-15-2009 02:10 AM

I had two of these and took them both back. I couldn’t get the blade to line up with the miter slot or fence. The first one I tried to adjust the blade using the alen screws and they stripped. I got some replacement screws and still couldn’t get the blade to line up. The second time around was about the same. I’m a very paranoid woodworker these days, and all of my tools frighten me to some degree, but a misaligned tablesaw will keep me out of the shop. I’m glad to hear you’ve had better experience.

-- Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect. Vince Lombardi

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#8 posted 10-18-2009 09:24 AM

To answer HokieMojo’s question, the miter slots have little tabs (teeth?) to hold the miter gauge in the track. They don’t do a very good job and there’s a lot of slop in it. I’m going to run a few layers of duct tape trimmed to fit the miter gauge rail to “beef up” the rail. That should hold the gauge tighter to the tabs while letting it slide. I’ve fund that a light coat of WD40 in the slots helps too.

To add to Tim_456’s comment about the rip fence, I agree that it is less than accurate when it’s used. I’ve taken to using my speed square a lot to make sure the rip fence is square to the table and parallel to the blade.

Again, for the price it does a pretty good job. My next project will involve using a dado blade for the first time and also cutting some compound miter’s.

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#9 posted 10-20-2009 01:24 AM

Just wanted to add an additional comment on the rip fence… make sure the tension screw is tight enough or the fence will travel on you and you’ll end up with an out of square cut. Found that out tonight while cutting legs for my scrap wood workbench project. Doh!

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#10 posted 07-19-2011 06:20 AM

I had this saw and was just about half way through putting down 2200 sq. ft. of laminate flooring when the motor burned out (just past the warranty period). A replacement motor would have cost almost as much as a new saw, so I upgraded to a Craftsman Professional model which had a combination blade raising/tilt system that began to freeze up (despite all attempts to lean, lube, and dis-assemble), and of course it was just beyond the warranty period as before. So after doing the research that I hadn’t done before, I decided that a Rigid R4510 was the right saw for my budget and the garage space where it would have to be stored. It was a decision I should have made much earlier.

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