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I wish I had this years ago

I wish I had this years ago

01-27-2011 04:56 AM by HokieMojo | 8 comments »

My wife got me a craftsman impact driver for my birthday a while back. I know some people like to pick on craftsman, but I already had their cordless drill and I wanted to stick with interchangeable batteries. I use the 19.2V Ni-Cds. I know a lot of people swear by the Li-Ion, but those cost a lot more money. Now I’ll be able to upgrade in the future if I want, but based on my experience so far, I have no plans to do so. This thing is AWESOME! I can drive a 3” screw into a...

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Sears Contractor Saw 21833

Sears Contractor Saw 21833

01-14-2011 06:19 AM by GeorgeK | 14 comments »

I think I’ve read most of the postings on the 21833. Picked mine up today. Based on what I’d read I expected a big forklift or crane to appear but there was just this little guy pushing a hand truck. He and a buddy pushed it up on the trailer and away we went. Off loading it was a breeze. Backed it up to my shop door and a couple of us carefully lowered it to my hand truck and wheeled it into the shop. Getting all the parts out of the box was a pain because you have to break up...

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Excellent value for a riving knife equipped saw

Excellent value for a riving knife equipped saw

07-20-2010 09:24 PM by gbook2 | 17 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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Craftsman 10” Contractor Table Saw Model 21833 - Alignment

Craftsman 10” Contractor Table Saw Model 21833 - Alignment

06-01-2010 09:38 PM 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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Grinding wheel dresser

Grinding wheel dresser

05-13-2010 03:21 AM by hairy | 11 comments »

Did you ever do something dumb, then follow up with something stupid? OK, I’m the only one. Anyway,I wore a big groove down the center of my grinder that I sharpen lathe tools on. Then I went to Sears and got this. This is a good idea, it just doesn’t do a good job. The wheel I was dressing is 120 grit aluminum oxide. I assumed this would be a harder material. I quickly wore this out and still had a groove. The instructions did say the plastic would wear down as you use it. Th...

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Great features, Horrible Alignment Issues

Great features, Horrible Alignment Issues

02-06-2010 06:46 PM 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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Craftsman 12" Sliding Miter

Craftsman 12" Sliding Miter

12-25-2009 08:55 AM by Bob Kollman | 7 comments »

This miter saw has been very good purchase, I made some compromises in order to have a sliding compound miter sooner rather than later. I choose this one because of price $230.00 (I think the regular price is like $330.00), and durability. When I looked at the display model, it was firm and square. The saw has all the power I need, and most of the time I’m using it for cross cuts, and simple 45’s and 22.5’s . Out of the box everything was squared up, I had to make a slight...

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Craftsman Tool Storage (or I can do it by myself)

Craftsman Tool Storage (or I can do it by myself)

11-13-2009 10:35 PM by Viking | 3 comments »

http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_009H0027000B?vName=Tools&cName=Garage I have been “making do” with a Craftsman 26” x 16” rolling cabinet and 26” x 12 tool chest that was purchased in 1971 but, decided that after 38 years it was time for more tool storage. Initially looked at some of the stainless tool cabinets at both Sears and Lowe’s but finally selected the Craftsman 40” wide black steel set listed above because the 1971 Craftsman s...

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Screw-Outs Don't Work

Screw-Outs Don't Work

11-07-2009 01:32 AM by papadan | 20 comments »

http://www.craftsman.com/shc/s/p_10155_12602_00952154000P?keyword=52154&sLevel=0 LOML saw Bob Vs commercial and bought me a set a couple years ago. Today, 1/2” wood screws holding cabinet door hinges that have stripped out phillips heads. Guess what, Bob V can kiss my A$$! These things are supposed to bite into the screw and back it out, all they do is spin in the stripped head. Even tried an impact driver and nothing! This system won’t let me give -5 stars or I would!

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Craftsman 21802 (10 in. Table Saw with Stand)

Craftsman 21802 (10 in. Table Saw with Stand)

10-13-2009 03:56 PM by michaeldmunro | 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 ...

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