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Forum topic by ClassicHauler posted 01-12-2014 07:56 PM 1529 views 0 times favorited 24 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-12-2014 07:56 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tablesaw drill press miter saw lathe bandsaw

So, im a really big fan of craftsman automotive tools and i am about to buy some woodworking tools, primarily power saws i will most likely go with rigid or dewalt for power drills, but i was wondering if anyone has any experience with craftsman’s power saws.

-- Doug, Italy

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#1 posted 01-12-2014 08:03 PM

In general Lumberjocks do not recommend craftsman tools as they have a bad reputation.

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#2 posted 01-12-2014 08:05 PM

What’s a “power saw”? Is that like a tablesaw, a radial arm saw, a scrollsaw, a circular saw, a miter saw, a bandsaw, a jigsaw or ? Because Craftsman doesn’t make their own tools, they just buy the flavor-of-the-year and have their name put on it. A particular tablesaw they sell might be made by the greatest company in the world and another model might be made by two drunks in the basement of an abandoned, haunted chicken processing plant.

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#3 posted 01-12-2014 08:12 PM

In this day and age….
One can not assign a level of quality to a company.
Each tool/machine must be looked at as the separate entity that it is.
Many tools/machines are made in the same factory and just painted a different color.
Researching reviews for specific models is the only way to accurately judge quality.

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#4 posted 01-12-2014 08:17 PM

Doug, I have lots of Craftsman badged tools, as well as Rigid, Delta, Dewalt., Ryobi, etc. No Festool though :-) I think that if you do your homework, scour the various forums and woodworking magazines you will be able to separate the wheat from the chaff, so to speak. I think that any tool manufacturer has gems and lemons, that’s just the way it is.

I have had good luck with Rigid and their lifetime guarantee. A word of caution though—you must follow Rigid’s warantee proceedures to a t in order to access these benefits.


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#5 posted 01-12-2014 08:48 PM

Thanks to you all for your replies, it is all good info and it is exactly what i was trying to find out as far as woodworking tools are concerned. Thanks.

-- Doug, Italy

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#6 posted 01-12-2014 09:06 PM

The last time I was in the U.SA. I went to Sears tool department they had some nice radial arm saws there , if I remember correctly they were craftsman type. They looked very nice to me with the availability to raise and lower the saw from a handle at the front very useful plus digital readout also very nice so I can’t find fault for the small prices asked of course how they actually performed I can’t say have safe fun Alistair

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#7 posted 01-13-2014 01:50 AM

I have an “ancient” Craftsman 10” TS, the one with the cast iron wings – probably about the last one made by Emerson/Ridged before Sears crapped out and took on the Ryobi junksters to make their power tools. Never had a problem with it.

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#8 posted 01-13-2014 05:47 AM

esp the older craftsman, like 103.XXXXX series, wonderful tools.
Some of the industrial line is very good too, if you can find it 2nd hand.
There was a 6” craftsman jointer on CL for $100.00, seller sold it out from under the poster here, But something like that was a good tool.
Don’t over look older Delta too.
I have a 60’s short bed jointer, a 40’s unisaw, and a 60’s 14” delta bandsaw. All quality tools. (those 3 all Delta)
Don’t know if you were thinking New Only though?

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#9 posted 01-13-2014 06:20 AM

I’d not buy anything power tool wise with a craftsman lable unless it was over 30 years old. But that’s just my opinion after trying to ressurect one of their routers.


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#10 posted 01-13-2014 06:23 AM

another point to consider. What are you trying to achieve. Will you be a frequent user of this “power saw” or will you be using it only a few times. What budget are you allowing yourself for a “power saw”. Maybe narrowing down what you want to do will help you decide which kind of “power saw” you might need.
Research the reviews, ask questions here, search the web and decide what will best fit your needs.

It’s very hard to answer such a “generic” question, but in general craftsman does not have a good reputation. I do not own any craftsman tool. Years ago I had (before I moved) a craftsman table saw and it was well built and very good except the fence which was a simple pos.

Good luck in your research.

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#11 posted 01-13-2014 06:27 AM

I stopped buying sears power tools years ago,but some of their table saws are identical to the Ridgid 4512 and some of their routers have good reviews also.

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#12 posted 01-13-2014 10:20 AM

It’s too complex of an equation to generalize all Sears woodworking tools as being the same….some are very good and are very competive, and some are not. There’s often little to no correlation between tools of the same brand. To get an accurate assessment, it’s best to evaluate each of the more significant tools on their own merit.

The current Craftsman 21833 table saw is the same as the Ridgid R4512 (made by Dayton AFAIK), their 21828 is the same as the Ridgid R4516-1 (made by TTI/Ryobi), their 21829 is a reincarnated Ryobi BT3100, their 22116 hybrid saw is made by Steel City/Orion and is very similar to the SC models. The new line of routers made by Chervon Power has been very well received for good value. A lot has to do with what your usage will be like too….if you use them hard daily, I’d definitely lean toward a professional grade tool, and would expect to pay more, but as an amateur user I would not overlook them as a whole.

Things can change pretty rapidly in today’s tool market….both for better and for worse. Once you’ve made up your mind to completely dismiss a brand because of the name plate, you’ll remain ignorant on the future progress of that brand, and will have no idea how good or poor each of the new tools is. (ie: my Dad’s 1973 Pinto had a bad transmission, therefore all future Ford’s are junk too). We see evidence of that on these forums on a regular basis. We’re all entitle to an opinion, but it’s much more valuable to have some facts to back the opinion.

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#13 posted 01-13-2014 11:31 AM

It has been declared by this forum that Craftsman power tools have a questionable reputation. A very broad brush declaration I might add. But yet no one went out on the limb and recommended what power tools to buy.

Furthermore, I won’t either because I don’t know enough to know what this fellow needs. Does he want to become a professional wood worker or an infrequent weekender or somewhere in between.

My only advise is don’t go cheap for the sake of cheap. Whatever class of tools you decide on, buy the best you can afford. Note that I said the best…not the most expensive. You might find the best (for yourself) in a garage sale or you might find it at a high end wood shop.

Good luck on your quest.

Whatever you decide to buy, stay safe.

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#14 posted 01-13-2014 01:50 PM

Hello. New guy facing much the same delimas. I’ve been wanting to get into wood working most of my life and finally have reached a point where I can start. I’ve been scouring the web and reding a lot trying to find the best price for quality products. I’ve got a fair amount of Craftsman stuff but msot of it older. I did recently buy the Router Combo that was reviewed in Handyman Magazine awhile back while it was on sale. Most of my other “power Tools” from Craftsman are the C3 line of battery powered tools. I bought a set a few years ago after they first came out and have gradually added to it over the years. My only complaint about them has been the original batteries taht came with them. They would start to short out and in turn destroy the charger also. Since then, I’ve begun using the multi-charger they sell and gradually moved over to teh LiOn batteries they are beginning to sell for them. So far, I’ve had a couple of them for about a year running on the same charger with no issues at all.

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#15 posted 01-13-2014 03:09 PM

I buy Craftsmen wrench and socket sets not because they are the best but because they give me very good service for the money and I’m quite happy with them. I have also used them in an industrial maintenance setting. They just seemed to make very good economical sense. However, I don’t recommend their woodworking tools.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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