Initial thoughts on my Craftsman 21883 table saw

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Forum topic by Carl_Spangler posted 04-07-2013 03:52 AM 1501 views 0 times favorited 0 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-07-2013 03:52 AM


Just set up a Craftsman 21833 10” table saw. Rewired it for 220v which was a bit of a hassle because the instructions (in the manual) were beyond minimal. However, I did find a good wiring diagram under the motor cover plate.

Maybe I got lucky because the saw blade was aligned VERY good right out of the box. Didn’t have to adjust it. The caveat with the alignment is that this saw has to be “backed off” to bring it into alignment when above 2 1/2” blade height. Otherwise, there was a ~0.020” front-back shift without the “back off”. I’ve seen mention of this issue in other reviews so I would assume it’s “normal”. That said, it does emphasis the old adage “you get what you pay for”.

I found the assembly of the split fence rails to be somewhat of a PITA. The fence does seem to lock consistently and I barely had to touch the alignment.

The miter gauge is pretty basic and is a bit sloppy in the miter track. I’ll probably replace it with an Incra 1000HD. I have ordered Incra miter bars for a sled. I didn’t try the stock blade as it looked a little sketchy. The onboard wheels work great.

I’ve only ripped some long Doug Fir 2×6’s but it cut though those somewhat knotty boards like butter. The saw is fairly quiet and has little/no vibration. It passed the standing penny test easily. At $500 (+tax) this appears to be (so far) a good deal for an entry level table saw.

cheers JohnG

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