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Craftsman Automatic Power Switch

Craftsman Automatic Power Switch

1221 days ago by David Grimes | 10 comments »

I just purchased this item recently, but it works exactly as described and is a problem solver for me. I searched Lumberjocks to see if there was already a review. I see many references to this product, but no review. I did not know that this product even existed until about a week ago, so maybe my review will make it easier to find for future new Lumber Jocks. I found mine for $24.99 at the local Sears store. I used a $10 off coupon and so actually paid 14.99 plus tax. This grey pl...

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Great Mortiser - Wow, makes square holes!

Great Mortiser - Wow, makes square holes!

1294 days ago by Terry Burks | 12 comments »

After recently completing a project that required creating more than 20 mortises using a drill press and chisels, I decided it was time to seriously consider getting a bench top mortiser. After reading a number of reviews online, I visited my local Woodcraft store and looked at the Jet, Delta and Shop Fox models they had on display. Based on what I saw, discussions with the salesman, features and price, I decided that the Delta was the best they had. I was told that upcoming sales would br...

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Craftsman 14" Bandsaw - Nice product for the price

Craftsman 14" Bandsaw - Nice product for the price

556 days ago by dustyal | 25 comments »

After reading reviews, I went with the Craftsman 14” Bandsaw… driven by price, $340 and convenience of pick up. So, no delivery charge and in Delaware we have no sales tax… so that was the price… $339.99. Set up was easy. The box weighs only 170 pounds… easy enough for neighbor and myself to get down flight of stars to basement. Packaging was great.. no problem. I set up the stand, and then made a small cart with wheels for it. This saw does not come ...

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Craftsman 10” Contractor Table Saw Model 21833 - Alignment

Craftsman 10” Contractor Table Saw Model 21833 - Alignment

1543 days ago by smitty22 | 63 comments »

Previous review by Bobthebuilderinmichigan and good info from BoardRunner are here:http://lumberjocks.com/reviews/1225After a few months and a couple of projects with this saw, here are some observations ;In short, the 351-218330 seems a very good table saw for the price, with most everything I needed included. The rip fence is very good for a saw in this price class, and with a good after-market miter gauge (I caught the Incra 120 on sale) and an upgraded blade, performance is very good. ...

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Excellent value for a riving knife equipped saw

Excellent value for a riving knife equipped saw

1494 days ago by gbook2 | 16 comments »

This turned out to be a very good saw, but only after experiencing a lot of problems with manufacturing defects. Positives are as follows: the saw is very solid at 270 lbs, and the built in caster set makes moving it very easy there are few cheap plastic parts, everything is cast iron, steel, or aluminum the built in riving knife / splitter is very nice arbor lock is nice when changing blades fence is 30” it has hooks on the side of the saw for all the accessories Sear...

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How I finally got a handle on tanged tools.

How I finally got a handle on tanged tools.

559 days ago by Brad | 13 comments »

When I first got into sharpening my own saws, I crafted file handles out of wood scraps. The unshaped, rectangle wood pieces dug into my hand and didn’t allow for much filing finesse. Next I tried making handles out of thick lengths of oak dowel rods. Better, but it didn’t feel comfy in my hand. So next, I applied my drawknife, spokeshave, rasps, files and sandpaper to a large circular piece of wood (a former curtain rod), down to a handle-looking thingy. That worked ok, ...

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Craftsman Professional series #315.218290 Tablesaw with folding stand.

Craftsman Professional series #315.218290 Tablesaw with folding stand.

2409 days ago by Dadoo | 13 comments »

This is my personal review of my Craftsman saw listed above. I work out of a two car garage that I need to park two vehicles in, so I need a saw that is light and portable, and that leaves a small footprint when stored. About a year ago I literally burned up my old Rockwell tablesaw and went on the hunt for a new one. Brands like Bosch, Makita and Rigid weren’t readily available to see, touch and examine…and Sears had this one “on sale” for $350.00. There was a Dewalt ...

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One Great Product

One Great Product

2368 days ago by Woodshopfreak | 10 comments »

I was wanting a jointer for a long time. I was looking, but most were upwards of $400, and I am not willing to fork over that kind of money, so I opted for a cheaper, but still efficient one. I saw the Delta, but it had aluminum table, and although it looked very nice, the lightness of it didn’t make me really that happy about it. I was going to get the 4 inch craftsman jointer, when I said to myself, I will grow, I will later want the bigger version, I will be mad I made the desision t...

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Great features, Horrible Alignment Issues

Great features, Horrible Alignment Issues

1658 days ago by bobthebuilderinmichigan | 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 truni...

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Blade alignment issues all of the sudden

Blade alignment issues all of the sudden

1165 days ago by NormG | 15 comments »

I purchased this saw as an upgrade February 2010, at a very good price with the blessings of my wife. I initially had some of the same issues others had with the set up of this TS. My son saw an entry in LJ’s that very helpful and I joined. I changed the bolts, washers, etc. What was the most help was an entry that suggested loosening the 45/90 set screws in front of the blade and everything just fell right into place. The saw was packed well, it did not have damage and/or missin...

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