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Forum topic by HallTree posted 11-16-2010 02:29 AM 4154 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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HallTree

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11-16-2010 02:29 AM

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I am thinking of buying this table saw.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xB4hWbDoSi8

Any of you LumberJocks have any comments?

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon


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#1 posted 11-16-2010 02:48 AM

Looking at your blog it looks like you are a particular craftsman. If you are thinking about building furniture with this saw you might want to think about upgrading some. I don’t think you will be happy with the accuracy.

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#2 posted 11-16-2010 03:22 AM

Stay away from it. My father in law has one and it is very unstable. I think I would look at a ryobi before I bought this one. If money is not an issue I would go with the dewalt. I don’t remember the exact model number but its the bigger of the two (that is if your looking for a benchtop saw). I had one of these and it was great and the fence was the most accurate I have seen on a benchtop. If your not looking for a benchtop and again if money is not an issue then I love my delta contractor saw. A lot of factors play into choosing the right saw but if it were me I would stay away from craftsman (definitely that one).

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#3 posted 11-16-2010 05:24 AM

Blakep is right stay away dewalt is good if looking for a shop table saw a grizzly contractor saw is about the same price as a quality bench top and it will give better results and last a lifetime

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#4 posted 11-16-2010 12:09 PM

IMO for around the same money you’d do better with a good used full size contractor saw if you’ve got the space. You’d gain table surface, mass (stability), reliability, smoothness, quieter operation, and growth potential. If you can swing $400, a sale price on a new Craftsman 21833 or Ridgid R4512 would also be an excellent step up.


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#5 posted 11-16-2010 01:01 PM

I agree with knotscott I had one of the cheaper craftsman. If you look at the utube video closer the miterslots are not t slots. Mine was that way it makes the miterguage sloopy, and you can’t get a different one for it. The top is allunium. I have the bottom one that knotscott posted on his reply. It is more money and if you do have the space, it would be a better choice than the cheaper one. I love that it has a t slot miter track, and the table top is cast iron..

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#6 posted 11-16-2010 04:14 PM

I got the professional line version of this jobsite saw from about 7 years ago. It has more power and a much more stable folding base. I loved the saw and built a number of projects with it. Its portability necessitates the non-standard shape of the miter slots. This is to keep the miter guage from falling out while it is being transported. The nonstandard parts have another impact: It has limited upgrade potential. The cam-lock system used by craftsman to lock the adjustable wing fails after a few years which requires some creativity to overcome. My saw will be on craigslist.org in a few days as I picked up a 1969 craftsman from a neighbor for $25 and have been reworking it into a nice contractors saw, otherwise I would still be cutting along with it.

If space and portability/storage are an issue, these new jobsite saws are good, but you need to go into the purchase with an understanding of their limitations. Also, as direct drive saws, when their motor goes, they are done. Until then, they are screamers compared to contractor saws with univeral motors. My professional series had a price tage of $500 new. I got it for $350 or so. I am going to ask $100 for it on craigslist. I know you are not inthe Cincinnati area, but as a jock, I would negotiate the price if you had a way to get it.

Good luck and do your homework. Guy’s with deep pockets will tell you that a cabinet saw is a must, but for many of us that isn’t in the budget. Some of the wood mags have done great reviews of these saws in the last year. Check them out.

Justin in Loveland OH

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#7 posted 11-16-2010 09:47 PM

Thanks Guys. You have given me some things to think about. I have a very small workshop and that will be the deciding factor.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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#8 posted 11-16-2010 10:48 PM

One thing that you could consider doing is getting a contractor saw and putting it on a mobile base. I did this for a bit untill I got my shop organized. If you still don’t have enough room for a contractor saw then check out the dewalt, the ridgid and the bosch benchtop saws. They are all supposed to be great saws but the dewalt was just my personal preference.

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