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Forum topic by Mitch77 posted 11-25-2013 04:52 PM 6767 views 0 times favorited 57 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Mitch77

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11-25-2013 04:52 PM

Topic tags/keywords: table saw advice opinion

Hi,

Our church needs a portable table saw.
And we need a cheap one.
I know very little about these things.

The choices are two Black Friday offerings;
The Kobalt and the Craftsman 10” Jobsite Table Saw with Folding Stand (28463)

I already read the thread about the Kobalt 10” Portable saw.
I do understand that the Craftsman will probably share some of the same weaknesses.

My question is which of the two would you guys pick if you were limited to these?
And why?

Thanks very much

Craftsman – http://bit.ly/18jaVMU
Kobalt – http://low.es/18jb0A7


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Kaleb the Swede

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#1 posted 11-25-2013 05:04 PM

Hi Mitch. I would say you are almost looking at exactly the same saw. Other than the Kobalt having a dust collection port and the craftsman has a place to see the angle of bevel cuts.

I would go look at them myself and determine what you are going to do with them. See how the base feels, how the fence moves and locks down, what other small bells and whistles are contained therein.

If you are going to be ripping things inside of the church then maybe the kobalt would be the way to go because of the dust collection. Other than that I don’t think it will make that much difference.

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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Clint Searl

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#2 posted 11-25-2013 05:08 PM

Neither; get a Ridgid, the best of the bunch.

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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TaybulSawz

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#3 posted 11-25-2013 05:13 PM

What’s your budget? Many times you can find a Good Quality USED Contractor Saw on Craigslist that would be better than the Cheapo Depot saws at the big box stores and for the same price.

-- Still got all my Fingers!!!

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knotscott

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#4 posted 11-25-2013 10:20 PM

Is price or the NEED for portability or price driving your decision?

If it’s price, I’d look to a good used full size contractor saw….much more upside potential. If it’s portability, I’d try to get one of the better portable jobsite saws…..Ridgid, Bosch, and DeWalt top the list, but usually cost more…..refurbished or black Friday sale prices can drop the price a lot. There is a Craftsman 21828 that’s the same as the Ridgid R4516 that might worth a look.

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Micahm

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#5 posted 11-25-2013 11:09 PM

I heard some lowes and home depots will accept the Harbor Freight 20% off coupons, if you luck out you could get a better one like the dewalt and get 20% off on it? Not sure which stores accept the coupon though. IF that is still to high, you could always use it one the cheaper ones and get the cheaper ones 20% off possibly. Might as well ask no matter which you get, the worst they can say is no we cant accept that.

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hobby1

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#6 posted 11-25-2013 11:21 PM

Hi
from personal experiance, I have a very light portable craftsman table saw with a foldup stand, this is a benchtop saw, not the kind shown, however I like it alot, it is very acurate, the fence stays locked down tight, due to a small guide flange on the back of the table, to keep the fence from lifting up, a excellent feature is the back support, which your picture shows also, it pulls out on the back side, to handle the outfeed, very very convenient, to use for long ripping cuts, my saw has both the left and right table extensions, the one pictured has only a right side extension.

The one you have pictured has a smaller right side rip capacity, of 24 inches, while the kobalt one you pictured has 30 inches, this maybe something to consider, depending on the width of material you want to work with, all in all I am very pleased with my craftsman table saw,

The kobalt saw shows very good reviews, you should read the reviews on both saws, to see what would best work for you.

As kaleb mentioned if possible its good to look at them in person, and check for stiffness of the fence and how easily the controls work on both saws.

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CharlesA

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#7 posted 11-25-2013 11:25 PM

I see you asked this question, “My question is which of the two would you guys pick if you were limited to these?”

I’d go with the Craftsman. Why? For $19 you can get a full parts and labor 2 year warranty:
Full coverage for parts, labor,and service
Call whenever you need us
Full protection from normal use
Full protection guarantee, all service provided by Sears

I generally avoid extended warranties, but this seems like a deal.

Charles

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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Knothead62

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#8 posted 11-26-2013 12:23 AM

I had one from Ace Hardware and it was a real good saw for general cutting. It was on sale for $99 a few years ago. I imagine a lot of those saws are made in the same factory. See where they are made.
Craftsman only keeps parts for usage for a few years. When they are gone, you are outta luck. Wife has a Kenmore sewing machine- belt is no longer available. Have to go to a specialty store and match it up.

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CharlesA

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#9 posted 11-26-2013 12:25 AM

I agree that Sears only keeps parts for awhile, but my guess it is better that Kobalt for that.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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DangerDoug

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#10 posted 11-26-2013 09:56 AM

Take a look on Craig’s List / Ebay – I know if I needed the best for the least, I’d go for the “contractor grade” Powermatic OR Delta semi-portable.
You’ll really want t a good solid trunnion and good fence.

E.g. This used be $999, that was a deal! http://www.amazon.com/Powermatic-1791229K-1-75Hp-30-inch-Riving/dp/B007HC6BNO/ref=sr_1_fkmr1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1385459431&sr=8-3-fkmr1&keywords=powermatic+32%22+contractor+saw

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knotscott

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#11 posted 11-27-2013 02:45 AM

Still with us Mitch?

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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paxorion

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#12 posted 11-27-2013 03:22 AM

The Craftsman you referred to is practically a carbon copy of the Porter Cable PC220TS. I posted a similar question a few weeks ago about the Kobalt table saw and concluded that it was NOT a worthwhile choice due to the fence being very frustrating to align. http://lumberjocks.com/topics/55050

-- paxorion

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Mitch77

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#13 posted 11-27-2013 03:43 AM

I’m here but disappointed.
I need to choose between the two but most reply’s disregarded that.
So a special thanks to Charles A for addressing the question.

Clint tells me to get a Ridgid but fails to tell me why.
I read a lot of very bad reviews on the Ridgid and how the motor dies early and often and you’ll get no help from the company.
I did find one used for $200 (plus a 2 hour drive)

BTW – I have searched Craigslist and local Ebay deals for weeks.

I just went and looked at both saws that I have to choose from.
The Craftsman can’t take a Dado at all and the Ryobi can take 1/2 to 5/8ths.
The Craftsman has smaller rip widths as well.
It’s difficult to find sets of specs to compare on these two saws.

I’d love to get the bigger better Craftsman jobsite version but it’s double the cost.

What exactly does “the fence being very frustrating to align” mean?
Do you mean keep it square with the table?

thnx

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CharlesA

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#14 posted 11-27-2013 03:50 AM

If you look a the specs of the craftsman, it says that it will take a 6” dado up to 1/2” wide.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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shampeon

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#15 posted 11-27-2013 04:14 AM

I know very little about these things.

You came here asking advice from people with more experience, and are disregarding that experience and narrowing your choices unnecessarily, and are then upset that the advice isn’t confirming your inexperienced instinct.

I’m not trying to be a jerk, but these kinds of questions are impossible to answer well. You’re looking for an inexpensive saw, but don’t apparently believe that buying a used saw would get you a better saw for your money, or that the brands you’re choosing from aren’t going to get you a very good saw.

If you want a good saw, you can find a decent used saw for less than $100 if you try. If you want a brand new saw that’s any good, you have to raise your budget. Otherwise, flip a coin to choose between hobbyist, entry-level portable saws that aren’t really meant to be used regularly.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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