So after much debate, discussions of the pros/cons of the new granite topped Ridgid R4511, going back and forth, research, research, research… I finally settled on the saw I wanted (in theory… I hadn’t seen it yet in person!).
I decided that the Craftsman 22124 was the right saw for me. It fit my shop, and came with a biesmeyer fence, which was really what cinched it for me. That fence is a $350 upgrade to any other stock fence… and it’s the gold standard that all other fences are measured against. As far as I could find, the Craftsman is the only table saw in the $1,000 price range that comes with that fence.
All that said, there was no way I was going to spend $1,200 (retail) for it, and was keeping my eyes peeled online for coupons, sales, etc. I joined the Craftsman Club, thinking that maybe it would be on sale through that… but my club membership hadn’t gone through… anyway…
I had about an hour to kill yesterday early evening, and figured I’d stop by the big Sears in the area. All the smaller stores I had gone to didn’t have that model on display, and I really wanted to get a chance to “futz” with it.
I head to the tools… see a distinctive grey full cabinet… there it is… wow, that fence is smooth…. top looks immaculate… yup, cabinet mounted trunnions… wow, the miter guage has a really nice extension to it, and it’s a perfect fit for the slot… wait… what’s that… a clearance tag? “Originally $1,199 Clearance $849”
I talk to the guy, it’s the floor model only. They’re being told that the bigger tools are only going to be sold through catalog, and need to clear out the big inventory. (By the way, if anyone’s in the market for a Craftsman Jointer or drill press, and are near Burlington, MA, now’s the time!)
After a little negotiation…(Yeah, but the fact that you can’t deliver… I’m going to have to rent a truck, figure out how to get it onto the truck, I’m going to need a mobile base… ) we settled on $749, which I’m very happy with. I even bought the two years onsite warranty, ‘cause I figured I had gotten such a good deal, why not pay to have someone able to come to my house to fix anything that’s gone awry!
Now all I have to do is figure out how to get it home…
Thanks to all of you for your advice, I know knotscott’s going to be pleased!