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Forum topic by dardwood posted 09-15-2011 04:14 AM 3216 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-15-2011 04:14 AM

I may have a chance to purchase a craftsman 21833 table saw, brand new the box, for $300.00. This saw looks very similar to the ridgid 4512, porter cable, steel city models. I have heard there is some quality problems with the blade
alignment when lowering and raising the blade. I am just hobbyist making toys but occasionally I would like to cut 6/4
or even 8/4 hardwoods. I currently have a delta 34-670 which doesn’t do the job for ripping even 6/4 doug fir. I would
like opinions on the pros and cons of the craftsman 21833.

Thank you.


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#1 posted 09-15-2011 04:58 AM

I have had mine for about 16 months. Like it fine. It is not a PM or a Uni, or even a Grizzly. But, with a good blade it cuts anything I need. I wish it was more heavy duty in the alignment department but it works, I just don’t think it will hold up for many years.

I like the fence, the riving knife and guard, the cast iron table, the standard miter slots, the ability to mount a dado set, the built in mobile stand, motor mounted internal like a cabinet saw, plenty of power for my work and the fact that the internal works are all steel or cast iron, no plastic.

I don’t like the PITA to adjust the alignment of the blade with the miter slot, the sloppy fit and finish of the light weight arbor assembly and the fact that after every 6 months of occasional use I have to realign the arbor.

But still, for the money, it was well worth the $410 I paid for it; IMHO.
If I didn’t have it, I would rather wait for a deal on CL for a good used, real cabinet saw, but, like the saying goes, “If a bullfrog had wings he wouldn’t bump his ass when he jumps.”

By the way, this saw is almost identical to the Ridgid 4512, made in the same plant, from the same design and the same materials. Perhaps to different quality control specifications; not sure about that part.

The Porter Cable is a sister/twin to the Hitachi that used to be sold at Lowes. Different design. Plastic gear on the arbor tilt/lift mechanism. I didn’t like the flexy nature of the fence on this machine.

I’m not sure about the Steel City machine.

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#2 posted 09-26-2011 04:34 AM

I have a 21833. I need to get or make the tools for alignment but I have been using it for the last few days and Its doing fine for me. the miter gauge that comes with it is trash, although the bar might be useful for a jig or something later on. The fence is alright, but Id MUCH rather have a Tsquare design. Some of the saws had alignment issues that can be found by doing a search on the site

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#3 posted 09-26-2011 05:14 AM

My review of the 21833 is here:

First, if you get of the good ones, it’s really a decent saw for the price, just don’t expect Unisaw or Powermatic performance out of it. Mine worked fine for light work and until I started cutting 1” + hardwoods. At that point the blade alignment issue became impossible to tolerate, and I sold it.
If you get a chance before you buy it, lay a staightedge next to blade and crank it up from lowest to fully raised checking that the blade stays parallel to the straightedge. If you see any deviation, I would run – not walk – away from that saw.


-- Smitty

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