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Forum topic by BigJerryWayne posted 09-26-2013 02:15 AM 1312 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-26-2013 02:15 AM

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I have been looking for a Craftsman 113.xxxxx contractor saw for about a year now, and can’t find one anywhere. I have been looking at new ones, and about decided just to get a Craftsman 8330, and a good blade to go with it. I looked at the Rigid 4512 also, but the local store, 30 miles away, does not sell them. I can pick a craftsman up at a store about 30 miles away. Both saws are the same price. I know the 8330 had alignment issues for a while. The last review with bad alignment issues that was posted on LJ was roughly 3 years ago, so maybe they have them lined out now. I have seen that the fences are not just real good, but I think I can live with that for a while. Any thoughts?

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#1 posted 09-26-2013 02:46 AM

While I personally know nothing about it, the Porter Cable PCB270TS looks like a good unit for a beginner to intermediate saw and looks like it’s getting good reviews.

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#2 posted 09-26-2013 03:03 AM
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Just two of the 1290 instances of people on here with alignment issues with the Ridgid R4512
I have the Craftsman 21833 myself, and it has the same issue.
I can hardly wait till I can chain this POS behind my truck and drag it to the dump where it should have been years ago.

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#3 posted 09-26-2013 03:07 AM

Contact KnotScot about all your saw needs. He is the guru on here not that others don’t know plenty. He has it all filed and can fill your needs.

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#4 posted 09-26-2013 08:57 AM

I have seen that the fences are not just real good, but I think I can live with that for a while. Any thoughts?

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#5 posted 09-26-2013 09:23 AM

I just bought the 21833 last week. Originally wanted the Ridgid but the nearest HD that carries them is two hour drive.

Factory settings and alignments were all within .005” as best I could find with a dial indicator. I was surprised. Maybe feedback has made some changes happen. Assembly was fairly easy except when I installed the front fence rail on the back. No harm done, just extra work. My fault for not paying attention.

I agree that the fence is okay. That may be an upgrade for later. I would like to figure a way to improve the dust collection. The entire inside of the cabinet is exposed with a large funnel at the bottom to collect the dust. Frequent cleaning out of the interior will be required. I’m wondering if I could fabricate a hood to fit more closely around the blade.

I’ve only run a couple of pieces through so far but that went well. I just installed an Irwin Marples 50T blade and hope to try it out this weekend.

More later.

-- Garry, North Carolina woodworker and engineer - The journey you're preparing for has already begun.

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#6 posted 09-26-2013 10:12 AM

Other than used, the 21833, R4512, PC270TS, and Steel City 35990S (if you can find one) are about the only new options in a full size saw in that price range. Lowes and HD carry the 35990”C” for ~ $900 here…maybe one of them would accept a 20%-25% HF coupon towards one. There’s also the latest version of the Ryobi BT3100 via the Craftsman 21829, if that’s a saw that can work for you. None of these are ideal or has all the bells and whistles, but functioning properly with a good blade and good alignment, all can cut wood. The next step is in the $900+ range for a Griz G0661, G0713, G0715P, or Cman 22116 on sale (made by Steel City).

I took a quick look at CL near Jonesville…..there are a few rusty project saws, but no gems from the get go. Rust is never something I look for, but unless it’s pitted badly (left outdoors in the rain for an extended period), a little “patina” cleans up well and doesn’t hurt anything. The old Emerson saws are a good candidate for a fence upgrade right from the start. There were also some really vague listings that could yield a potential candidate if you call about them….ask for model numbers and pics. (it blows my mind that people describe a table saw as “10” table saw, good condition, $150 with no other details…..might as well list a car that saws “Car….runs good, $2000”!).

Good luck.

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#7 posted 09-26-2013 10:54 AM

I’ve been using the 21833 for about 5 months. I love the saw. It has enough power to cut through whatever I need. The fence is straight enough, haven’t put a dial indicator on it, but I haven’t had any problems. The only issue I have had with the fence is the small plastic tabs on the front which kept falling out. A little apoxy took care of that however

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