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syenefarmer

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711 days ago

Almost since the day I got it my miter saws table has been difficult to swivel. It feels like and sounds like there is a sawdust buildup under the swivel table mechanism but I don’t know for sure. Now, it’s not like I don’t clean this saw as I use compressed air to clean it after each use. The saw is a Craftsman so that might explain a lot. For those of you who own different brands than Craftsman/Ridgid/Ryobi, do you have this type of problem as well? I’m about ready to junk this POC but don’t want to buy something different if I’m going to just have the same problem.


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DKV

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#1 posted 711 days ago

If you bought it new why didn’t you take it back?

-- 2014 will be a different year...at least for me it will.

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syenefarmer

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#2 posted 711 days ago

I did and the replacement did the same thing as the original after a short period of time. Do you own a miter saw?

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DKV

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#3 posted 711 days ago

I own the DW708. Have used it for years and have never had a problem. I would keep taking back the saws until I got one that consistantly worked.

-- 2014 will be a different year...at least for me it will.

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Viking

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#4 posted 711 days ago

What model Craftsman is it? 10”? 12”? Slider or non-slider?

I have a 3 year old 12” slider and it works great. The only thing I did was replace the crap blade with a 12” 80 tooth, thin kerf, Dewalt blade.

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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syenefarmer

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#5 posted 711 days ago

It’s a #21253 10” non-slider and returning it is not an option as I’ve been putting up with this situation for a number of years now. A project this past weekend was the straw that broke the proverbial camels back! I’m just tired of fighting with this saw every time I want to use it. I was just trying to find out what makes of miter saws don’t have this problem or is it a common occurrence with most miter saws?

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Greg The Cajun Box Sculptor

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#6 posted 711 days ago

I would buy something else since it seems to be a constant problem. It is definitely not worth the frustration.
I want all of my tools to work flawlessly so I can be the weakest link in the chain…not my tools.

-- Every step of each project is considered my masterpiece because I want the finished product to reflect the quality of my work.

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syenefarmer

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#7 posted 711 days ago

Greg, I totally agree and at some point I will be replacing this saw with something besides a Craftsman/Ridgid/Ryobi. For those wondering why I’m lumping the Ridgid and Ryobi in with the Craftsman it’s simply because they are all made by OWT/Ryobi. In my mind, if I’m having this problem with the Craftsman then I would expect I’d have the same problem with a Ridgid or Ryobi.

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#8 posted 711 days ago

In the 8 years or so I’ve owned my Makita I’ve cleaned it twice. I don’t consider it a big deal…just maintenance. A bit of dry lube at the time and great again.

-- Paul

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PoppaDick

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#9 posted 711 days ago

I have an almost ancient, well used Dewalt DW705 I bought at a pawn shop about 14 years ago, I think. It works great unless sawdust build up makes it difficult – I’ve cut a lot of wet pressure-treated wood and find that this clogs the swivel joint and table quickly. I use compressed air to clean it, but find I have to dismantle and clean the swivel joint once I’m done with a large PT wood project. I’ve also found a good silicone lubricant keeps it working smoothly for longer.

-- "If you ain't happy, change yer mind!"

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waho6o9

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#10 posted 711 days ago

Move up a notch and leave the nonsense behind you. What’s your time worth?

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jim C

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#11 posted 711 days ago

Where are you in Wisconsin.
I have a place on Browns Lake, outside of Burlington, was a machinist and Tool & Die Maker, so I’m sure I could fix whatever ails it.
Free, just because I fix everything I’m capable of for friends and neighbors.

-- When I was a boy, I was told "anyone can be President", now I'm beginning to believe it!

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Rob Drown

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#12 posted 711 days ago

Dewalt 12” slider. 8 yrs. no problem. It took some work to get it adjusted when new, but it has been rock solid since.

-- The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius, 经过艰苦的努力的梦想可以成真

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syenefarmer

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#13 posted 711 days ago

jim c, thank you very much for the very generous offer, that is very kind of you. I live in Madison so unfortunately Burlington would be a little too far to travel.

Rob, PoppaDick and OttawaP , DeWalt and Makita are the two main brands that I have been looking at with Hitachi being another. Thanks for that feedback.

waho6o9, in my dreams!

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Bertha

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#14 posted 711 days ago

That Hitachi is too crazy looking for me, lol. I’ve heard good things about both it and the Bosch. Keep in mind that some of these things are Hyooooooge.
.
The Kapex is $1350.00
The stand is $800.00
The universal blade is $129.00
The hold down clamp is $71.00
You’ll probably want at least the medium-sized extractor (CT-36) for $750.00
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So you’re at $3100.00
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Simply unjustifiable for me and I’ve got a pretty decent shop budget.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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AJswoodshop

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#15 posted 707 days ago

I own a porter cable 12’ miter saw. Its a great saw for a good price!
Here’s a link to my review of it.

AJ

-- If I can do it.....so can you! -AJswoodshop

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