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After much research, I had bought the Craftsman model 21807 the previous month. Very effective while it worked, but it was very unsafe, and the direct-drive motor siezed up after 1 week of use. Got a full refund from Sears. Craftsman is my brand and the brand of both my grandfathers but these days, for anything that doesn't fit in one hand and come with a forever guarantee, well, Craftsman has become Cost-Cutting-Man, with every aspect of design, materials and manufacturing on its low-mid price range power tools being skimped on.
I got this saw 2 weeks ago and paid 450$ for it. I had obsessively researched table saws from Grizzly, Jet, Delta, Dewalt, Skill, Bosch, and others. DETAILED information for this saw was non-existent on the internet. I learned a lot from a detailed review on a woodworking website and wanted to give Craftsman one last chance. This saw comes in a box that measures 4ft long x 2.5ft wide x 2.5ft high. Sears brought it out to the pick up truck on a cart, lifted into bed easy with four people total. Used a ramp and one other person to get it off the truck and into house. If looking for a challenge of your strength and use of leverage, it is possible for one person to get it from Sears to your house.
However, upon removing all of the parts from the box, the single largest piece, (top half of cabinet/cast iron table/motor) has got to weigh 200lbs by itself, I could not lift this awkward to grip dead-weight by myself. But, it turns out that you can leave this piece as it comes and still assemble the whole saw as long as you remove the thick styrofoam that encases it. This top section remains upside down as the entire bottom half of the saw gets assembled and attached. At that point I flipped it right-side up by myself, with great effort. So it is possible for one person to transport and assemble this table saw by oneself if help is not available, but you have to be strong like bull and plan your moves well.
It took 8 hours to fully assemble this table saw. The instructions are somewhat lacking but still worked. The next day I spent 2 hours fine tuning various alignments. There are many to deal with, but all of these alignments can be made as accurate as you want with time and effort. The only difficulty I have had is adjusting the blade parrallel to the miter slots. In short, accurately adjusting the trunnions was a trying process, and the front trunnion is very difficult to get at. After two battles with the trunnions, I've got the blade aligned within 1/64 inch of being parallel to the miter slots.
If great care is given to the many alignments, after the refinements are made this saw is just great. With the right blade for your specific use, the 1.75 HP V-Belt drive motor is plenty of power. It runs smooth and quiet. The safety equipment is so well designed that I actually use it. The splitter, blade guard, and riving knives are real quick to take off and put on. This will save people (like me) from kickbacks and losing fingers. Almost all of this saw is heavy duty construction, the only exception is 2 plastic washers for the tilt/height wheels, already broke, already replaced with better ones. Also, there is play in the height adjustment that forces the blade angle off a degree or two, but if you become aware of how/why this happens, you correct it by relieving the tension that is put on during raising or lowering the blade, by just reversing the wheel a little bit after raising or lowering and you will feel the tension go away see the blade go back where you want it.
Hope that helps. For the price, this saw is outstanding. There are a lot of things to dial in to get this saw accurate. That is the only reason I can't say it is perfect. So far, this saw is a credit to the Craftsman name and hopefully they will start making more reasonably priced, quality power tools like this one and make them in America. Please do this Craftsman, it's good business, and all the old-schoolers can stop spinning in their graves.
It is... what it is, made in China although I was concerned about reading the reviews that it was foreign made, the assembly was easier than what they said, but you will need a long afternoon and not just one six pack, but two. Follow the directions about the alignments, are just go on line and search "tablesawalignment". Buy a good quality 60 or 80 tooth blade and you will be better off than using the one that comes with it. Oh did I mention that was 2 six packs for assembly?
I read alot of bad reviews on this saw and bought it with some trepidation. I quickly found that if you follow the directions in assembly and tune-up you'll have a good saw. The arbor stays true and square at full height and the fence is exceptional. I am an intermediate level woodworker and couldn't be happier with it.
For the price, I think this is a great addition to my workshop. I have enjoyed being able to use in in my hobby. My last Craftsman saw was cheaper and smaller and I was very unhappy with it because I could not use standard accessories. It has been very stable, accurate, safe, and easy to use. The adjustments I had to make were very easy and straight forward as well. This is a very good saw.
I have had this table saw for awhile now. I love it and it has the power for any project I need. I like the wheels and the lifting mechanism. No problems with it whatsoever. Great tool....
Researched Contractor saws for a while. Was ready to pick up Ridgid but this went on sale and since I saw both saws were pretty much the same. Pulled the trigger. Haven't used it yet but I am looking forward to it.. Got for about $450 after redeeming points.
for the money it would be hard to beat this saw. I was impressed dureing assy. its quality built everything lined up perfect. it does require at least two people when its time to turn it rightside up. I read the instructions at least twice before each step, take your time and follow the instructions they are well written. compared to the other (junk) thats flooding the market today, I was pleased to find a well made saw.
I have owned this saw for 3 years. My novice level of skill allows me to build beds and kitchen cabinets for personal use. The saw gets the job done, but it simply lacks the POWER to rip hardwoods such as walnut and maple. Plywood and pine works fine, but even after you align your fence and ensure blade alignment the saw just doesn't have the rear end needed for hard woods. The mobility, stability, functions, and size really fit a small to medium wood shop well. I would like to replace the motor with a larger one, because I want the good features the saw offers.
To begin with one of the caster sets was defective. I thought, no problem, I'll get it replaced and I can put it on after it's put together. Putting it together is a NIGHTMARE! I've put together many pieces of complicated machinery in the past and this was the worst. It would help if they put pictures that you could actually see. They tell you to use flat and lock washers with the nuts and bolts that hold on the front and back rails. Only problem is, even using the longest bolt it is impossible to get the nut on with both the flat and lock washers on 2 of the 4 bolts on the front AND the back. Had to leave the lock washers off. 4 bolts hold the stabilizer bar to the front and back rails. Using the nuts that they said to use only 3 of them would screw on. Not a chance on the 4th. The last straw that convinced me to return this, even though I had it all together, is the miter gauge keeps jamming in the left channel. It works fine in the right. There is no way that I am paying over $500 for this piece of junk. Craftsman used to mean quality until they started having everything made in China.
This unit was not the easiest thing to put together, really takes two people to get it out of the box and set up. What really concerned me is it has NO POWER. I can't even rip a 1X board and forget about 3/4" plywood -- the blade will stop no matter HOW SLOW you push the material in. I tried two new blades before it was clear this China product is worthless for any type of "Contractor" or even homeowner work. I would not recommend this. I haven't decided what to do. The motor is hard to get to and the cost to put in a bigger motor isn't worth the trouble at this point.
If you are ripping through any wood 1/2inch or more it will take forever. It just do not have the power. Acts like it is run off a spring and runs down. I am running it on the 220 V hook up.
Asssembly of the saw base was a little difficult due to screw holes not always lining up. A straight-edge placed across the table, perpendicular to the blade showed about 1/64" daylight in the middle of the table. Things that are supposed flat ought to be. I decided I can live with it. The saw exhibits very little vibration and is relatively quiet. I wish the fence would slide a little easier--perhaps it will as it wears in a bit. I hope to produce good work with this saw. Now that I have operated this saw for awhile I am beginning to have some doubts about its quality. The fence, when moved, doesn't remain parallel to the blade. When switched off a rattle has developed as the motor slows down to a stop. When I wanted to use my Oshlun dado blade set the motor overload switches off before the motor has a chance to come up to speed. Is the overload sensor defective?
Wood Dale, IL
Packaging is big, bulky and heavy definately a 2 man job to manage this. Installation instructions vague but not difficult to understand and put together. If have trouble putting this saw together you shouldn't be working with sharp tools. Took me 3 hours to put together. Rip fence and mitre guage are adequate, buy a better blade don't even install the included one. This is a quality heavy duty saw, love it I'm glad I purchased it.
I had to return the first contractor saw I bought due to missing parts--namely nuts and bolts, and I could not align the trunnion more than 1/8 of an inch--it was off more than 1/4 of an inch. To my amaze, not one of the salesman had a complaint on the saw. Looking on this site I discovered it had an outstanding review. I then decided to try again and am very pleased. Nothing was missing. It is a fine piece of machinery; however, I do suggest that if you decide to purchase it, do yourself a favor and take it out of the shipping carton at the store. Check it very thouroughly for damage. The first one had a severely cracked trunnion leaving adjustment impossible. The second one is fine. In the process of assembling the second one I discovered that all of the parts were in bags or wrapping not like the first one.
I was quite concerned when Sears personnel brought the box out to my car because it had been damaged and taped in many places. Once I got the box home I took inventory and to my surprise all the parts were there. The assembly went well until I got to the brace item 30. It had square holes in one end not allowing the bolts to fit through. I called Sear's and they sent it out within a few days and it was correct. Once I adjusted the table insert level with the table top the magnet does not hold it in place because it's too low. I could not push it up from the bottom because there is no hole drilled through. I tried to drill the magnet but its too hard even with a good drill bit. I have some ideas but I will call Sears to see what they suggest. The blade checked out square to the miter gauge slots. The paint has rust spots under it in quite a few places and the fence can only be removed at the far left or right."Not user friendly" Not a bad saw for the price.
Since my earlier review was rejected, I will only describe the tool, not the situation. saw is labeled as a "contractor" table saw but the unit I purchased is unable to saw through 1/4" plywood without having the blade stall every 3-4". Sears professionals have attempted to correct this problem but after a few cuts the same problem was back.
After doing some research and browsing, I decided on this table saw. I knew the set up would be time consuming but the effort in setting up the table would come out in excellent cuts for my wood working hobby, I have a small complaint with one of the adjustment screws for the face plate. I have yet to be able to adjust it. It is refusing to budge. A gorilla might have installed it. The safety switch is a nice feature. Plenty of cord length to roll around my garage to the available work space. Easy adjustment to the front measuring bar. After setup I was 1/32 of an inch off and corrected fairly easily.
Love this saw, would highly recommend to any one on the fence about quality. This saw is a beast! Very well made. Cuts true with new Freud blade, very stable, but easy to move around shop when on the wheels. Looking forward to many years of good use with this saw.
After hours of careful setup and assembly, this saw is a real lemon. The parallelism of the blade to the miter slots changes with the height of the blade. This problem cannot be adjusted. Also the miter slots are different sizes. I made a jig that works great in the left slot but when i tried it in the right the miter bar would not even fit in the slot. Last and worst of all is the fence. HOURS spent trying to set it up correctly then rip about 30 ft of 3/4 oak. 1st cut=1.5 inches, last cut =1.625 inches. And I never touched the fence once. Even a tiny adjustment tighter on the adjustment nut and the fence is too stiff to even slide. Oh also the blade that comes with the saw was WARPED. It would not cut worth a **** so I put a micrometer on it and it was over .015 of an inch different when spinning the blade. All of these things are a deal breaker for me and I think ************** builds more solid tools....I mean toys. This is not a pro tool. It is a DANGEROUS anchor.
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I've had this saw for almost a year and it works great. It did throw the belt off the first time I used it but after reapplying the belt and putting proper tension on it this machine has worked great.
The good: good saw for the price, fits into my limited space but delivers plenty of power for ripping and crosscutting hardwood The bad: unit came with a intermittent fault in the run capacitor. Sears service bringing a replacement unit next week under warranty. When the unit runs it is very smooth and has little or no vibration. Crosscuts and rips in hardwood very easy Recommendations: get help unloading this from your vehicle. Box size + weight makes this very awkward to handle. Check the belt tension while you are performing the adjustment and setup. When aligning the rails, leave the whole assembly (including the table extensions) loose and clamp the two halves together, then tighten and align. Good value for anyone that wants to do furniture and cabinet making and doesn't want to spend 1K plus for a Grizzly or a Jet.