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I have owned this saw for about 6 months now. I was pleasantly surprised with the sturdy base and minimal vibration when the saw is running. The casters make moving the saw a breeze. I don't have a dedicated shop so having my machinery on wheels is a must. Assembly is reasonably easy if you read and follow the directions. There are times that you will need assistance such as unpacking the saw and setting the saw upright. The installation of the fence rails on the outboard side of the saw can be tricky due to limited space to get washers, nuts and wrenches. My advice is to be patient and know most similar saw from other manufacturers has the same issue. The fence is higher quality than I expected. It moves smoothly across the table, is elevated from the table and locks firmly in place. I did have to shim the fence to get it parallel to the miter slot. My fence was far enough out that the limited fine adjustment was not enough. With a little work my fence is within .005 inches over its length. Out of the box the blade was parallel to the miter slot (within .002 side to side and as the blade is raised). I had read other reviews indicating that this could be a problem, however I did not find this to be the case. My advice is to purchase a saw gauge, or make one like I did to take these measurements. It is critical to make sure everything is aligned before operating the saw (this is no different from any saw you would purchase). The miter gauge is adequate for cross cutting small stock. It is not adequate if you want to cut accurate angles. Again, this is pretty much true for all stock miter gauges. I have since replaced the miter gauge with an after market miter gauge. The in closed base helps keep the dust down. I have not hooked this saw up to a dust collector but I plan on doing so in the future. Know that you need to clean out the dust box after use. Saw dust tends to build up inside the cabinet (standard good main thence practice ). I will admit that having to remove six hex screws to do this is a bit tedious. I will replace the hex screws with something a bit move convenient in the future. Overall, a great saw for the wood worker that has space limitations. I am pleased with my purchase.
Wanting a small, portable saw that would handle ripping 2x4s and basic job site work, this was a great buy. The base is really heavy duty and the saw has handled the work thrown at it easily, even in 104 degree temperatures sitting outside in the heat and dust.
The directions were pretty good, but there are some issues with the assembly. I think when you put the wheels on, it would be easier to put the axles on first, and the put the wheels on the axle. The blade was close enough, only off about .001. The fence was crooked, so I loosened the 2 alien head bolts on the top of the bar and got that aligned. The screws in the front only seem to tighten the fence to the rail. The blade insert was set to low, had to get longer 5mm bolts and add a shim. I checked the belt tension very early in the game. The miter gauge grooves in the table are wider on the left side than the right side, so the gauge is a little loose on the left. The whole assembly took about 5 hours and I have assembled several things over the years. It would seem that every saw is a little different! It's not a precision machine, but it could be close with a little more time spent on adjustments. I have not used it much yet, but seems to work well. I am happy so far! More later after I have used it longer.
This table saw is AWESOME. I have had and still do a radial arm saw and a smaller bench top 10" table saw. I was making drawers for my kitchen cabinets and just could not get the accuracy OR had problems if cutting large stock (on radial arm saw). So either or. I started looking for a better/larger table saw and they are plentiful for 1000$ and up. I got this on sale for less than 1/2 that. I discovered the following: If you take your time, you can set this saw up so that it is very very accurate. It makes nice square cuts, and doesn't have heeling, kickbacks or other issues. The dust system is very simple, in fact, it works so well I disconnected it from my dust collector. The saw dust falls straight down into a funnel in the bottom I put a bucket under it and when its full, it goes in the compost pile or garden. The dust collector did only slightly better, but its noisy. This leads me to my one minor complaint and that is even with a dust collector (vacuum to clarify) lots of saw dust collects on table and work. Some expensive saws have system that comes down through blade guard etc, whatever. I just keep a little shop brush handy and brush down through blade, (then down into my bucket). The vacuum didn't get any of top dust, so I unhooked. The saw is powerful, and the table large enough to do sheet of plywood (with effort) but I had NO CHANCE to ever consider that. I couldn't cut anything more than about 18" because radial arm would not extend that far out and little table saw fence only went to about 15-16" This saw does it all, dado, large stock, accurate cuts, and power. I love it and for the price? WOW what are you going to suggest in place of it for under 500? There is NOTHING. This is an excellent value and an excellent saw. If you are thinking of stepping up to a bigger better saw? GO FOR IT. Disregard some of the reviews, some people compare this to a 3500 cabinet saw and thats ridiculous. For the price you cannot beat this and even saws costing 1000$ dont always compete. Its a great buy and a great saw. I love it. Best purchase I ever made, my woodworking has improved 100% and the scope and kinds of projects are now limited only by my improving skill and time available. I can do anything I need to do with this saw. Definitely a "5".
Comes in a million pieces. Be sure to have enough time in order to get it put together. Very sturdy. The fence works really good and keeps the boards straight. Nice quality and works great.
This saw is what I wanted and expected. At almost 300 lbs it is a bit of a beast, but it works well. I would have given it 5 stars, except the fence is way off and I cannot adjust it. The run out was more than 3/16 of an inch. but by the time you try to adjust the fence, you are clamped tight to the rail and cannot move the fence. Alignment was not a problem as the saw came preadjusted and using my dial indicator was impressed with the setup. . Power of this machine is nice. I work with Black walnut and cypress woods and this saw cut both with ease. There is no vibration, and saw noise is greatly reduced. By the way, my old saw was probably a 75 year old Craftsman contractor saw, all cast iron with an external motor. I have rebuilt it twice and it's on its second motor. It also is on its second blade arbor and a month ago, the blade developed a slight wobble. Sign that it was loosing a bearing again. Enough was enough. Because my shop is small and after research, I got this saw for $450.00 It moves around easily, perfect for my shop. Was worth the buy and I'll warranty the new fence today.
I did not experience any of the alignment issues I've seen in other reviews. I was going to get the Ridgid. Both Ridgid and Craftsman saws are made by Dayton (I believe). But I got the sears on sale, less than the Ridgid, and the Craftmans is 15amp compared to Ridgid's 13amp. The only reason I did not give it 5 is because they included a warped saw blade and the instructions left a lot to be desired. I took it out of my truck piece by piece because I did not have anyone to help. I took my time to assemble the saw and was able to lift it up. This is a great saw for the home workshop.
The moter that powers the saw is not large enough. I could not ripe a inch pine board with out stoping to let the motor chatch up. This did not happen on my old model 113.342691 Ceaftman saw with th same electral power supply. I wish I could buy a new cable drive for my old saw. How can you make me happy with this purchase?
I'm a third generation furniture maker that builds fine furniture and cabinets for a living. While i have a much more expensive cabinet saw in my shop, i purchased the Craftsman contractor saw to take to larger job sites that i may need to custom fit built in banister bookcases and such. it is a little heavy to move around but the casters do a good job, and i'm fortunate enough to have an enclosed trailer with a ramp, so it moves around easy enough. it would do well in a garage workshop that it needed to be moved often. I had no alignment issues, it did need to be adjusted to be true, but was not difficult to align. I can see by the mechanics that there COULD be an alignment issue with blade elevation, but mine does not have that issue. As for the assembly, it is not bad at all. It took me about 2 hours and i was able to upright it afterwords with the help from my 11 yo son (who weighTs 90 pounds on a good day) so it's not bad. I did spend another couple of hours casually fiddling with adjustments to make it perfect. i was a little skeptical of the rip fence at first, but after adjusting it, it works great. The motor is smooth and more than powerful, at 1.75 horsepower. I suspect the reviews that cannot cut through plywood either have a junk blade, or did not check the belt tension. I run mine off of 120 since i move it around, and it has plenty of power. Today i ripped some very hard maple with no problems, it cut through like butter and had a nice edge (although i still clean the cut edge on a jointer) Worst part of the saw really is the assembly of the rip fence guide rails, but it's not too bad, you just have to be patient and understand the mechanics of how a machine works. Since i paid 450 bucks, it is a world away from those plastic portable models that simply cannot do the job, but it is not a professional cabinet saw, so don't buy it expecting it to be.
Eagle River, WI
After reading many reviews on this saw, and not being very happy with a few of my recent Craftsman purchases (9" band saw and circular saw), I was hesitant to buy this table saw. I was concerned mostly about the alignment issue that is pervasive in this model (including the Ridgid r4512). But, they must have corrected that, because mine is perfect throughout the height adjustment range. Assembly was really not that bad...although the box is really heavy. The saw works flawlessly...very quite, minimal vibration, accurate fence, mobile base, flat table. For the price, I don't believe there is a better table saw.
After a considerable research I decided on this saw for my hobby building projects. It's quite a bit more than what I'll be using it but I am glad I got it just recently and have not had much chance to use it as much. The only thing that I can share my experience with the saw was changing the saw blade and aligning the blade insert. Here is what I found: (1) Even with my average size hand, it was very difficult to remove the nut and a washer from the saw blade arbor because the small clearance between the arbor and the sheet metal cross panel (what ever structural function of that panel is?!). I am dumbfounded why this panel is so close to the arbor since there is at least 8"+ empty space between this and the outside shell-panel. (2) The blade insert is supposed to held down by a single (small round) magnet instead of the hold down screws but it's questionable how well this is going to work with so dust and other than perfectly flat metal inserts. Also my just installed zero insert (made of plastic) can be adjusted by height adjustment four screws, but can not be secured down to the table!! While I am new to woodworking, I am retired toolmaker with mech. engineering background and have been around machine tools design as well as application all my adult life, and am just puzzled if the above mentioned are just designer's oversight, or it's something else?! Btw, as you may have guessed it, English is my secondary language.
Shasta Lake, CA
It seems like the reviews for this saw are mostly good, but there are a few negatives that I'd like to address, and share my experience. As -everyone- has stated, yeah, the box is seriously heavy... but once you get it into your garage the hard part is over, and assembly can be completed by one person fairly easily. With a bit of struggling, my wife and I were able to unload it from the truck, but it would have been way easier with a third person. The other comment I see over and over is "this thing took me all day to assemble". I have no idea how this is possible. The instructions are very clear, all parts are nicely separated and properly labeled. Without help, I was able to put mine together in less than two hours, and then spent another 45 minutes squaring the blade to the miter slots, making adjustments to the rip fence, aligning the riving knife, etc. Honestly, if it takes you an entire day to assemble this saw, you probably shouldn't be operating power tools. Now, onto the known/possible issues and my .02 regarding them: 1). "Blade alignment Issue": I can't speak as to how common this problem is with the Craftsman 21833, however, I checked mine with a dial indicator following the methods described on the internet for the Ridgid R4512, and the problem is not present on my saw. It's definitely worth checking your saw to make sure your saw isn't affected by this issue. Lots of good information is available easily by searching Google/YouTube for "R4512 Blade Alignment". 2). "I can't cut through a 1/4" sheet of plywood without stalling out the blade". Ok, now this actually was an issue for me... I started out using a 50 tooth combination Freud blade and it was stalling out every few inches cutting 3/4" plywood. I stressed out about this for a bit, and then noticed there was no tension on the drive belt at all... in fact, it was slipping off the motor a bit. I put proper tension on the belt and now it runs great. The blade spins up to speed almost instantly and maintains power all the way through every cut I've made since (including hardwood). This is an easy adjustment to make, so if your saw seems under powered, I suggest you check this first. All in all I think this is a great saw... I got mine on sale for $450, which is a heck of a deal for what you get!
the saw can packaged very good. The thing got put together in about seven hours. The first problem was aligning the saw. That took two hours and was very awkward. aligning the fence was frustrating and saw wont stay aligned. after all done and everything aligned this is an excellent saw
this is an excellent table saw after initial set up works great cuts true and accurate too heavy to be a contractor saw but very good for a woodshop saw works like a cabinet saw have had no trouble out of it have custom made thirty kitchen cabinets with it with out using my joiner for glue edge.
This awesome saw will complete our home wood shop. I went in to Sears just to see a price comparison and went home with a saw; at a lower price, a more powerful motor and a bigger working surface.
I almost didn't purchase this saw for all the the bad reviews. I am very happy that I did. The saw was straight forward to put together "doesn't take that long maybe an hour" the table was easily adjustable and having the correct tools laid out and ready helped as well. I am remodeling my house and wanted it to have perfect cuts and it does. So much adjustment on the table I really like it. The only reason I get it four stars is the steel sides should be made of cast iron and then you wouldn't find a better table for the price. Don't be afraid to buy I looked for the past 3 months and pulled the trigger and have been happy since I did.
Lake Villa, IL
I While shopping for a tablesaw I noticed this saw looked a lot like one ******* had on sale. I bought the one at ******* for $100.00 less than the Sears model. Easy setup. After reading the owners manual I downloaded the one for the Sears model. They were identical except for the front page. Only problem I have is the rip fence does not stay aligned. Have to adjust it every day.
This is listed as a "Contractors saw", I categorize it as a Shop saw. I say this because a contractor generally moves from site to site and this saw is way to heavy to be transporting it around. You "will" need 2 people to load/unload and assemble this saw. This is a very heavy duty saw and perfect for the shop. I like the extended table length and 4 independent swivel casters on front and rear that allow easy 1 person movement on a concrete or wood floor. Good scale readout on front of fence. The blade squareness as opposed to the table is near perfect from the factory and mine needed very very minimal tweaking to set up the blade for optimal square cuts, just follow the easy to understand instructions and you are set. In my opinion this saw is well worth more than what I paid at a cost of $500, give or take a few dollars and cents. I would value this as a $1500 saw! I recommend this saw to anyone that has a wood shop and needs a good quality table saw.
Once together, this saw and table are sturdy and work very well. The issue is getting it together. The instructions are mostly clear but the pictures are horrible. Many times, by trial and error, had to back track and take pieces apart to move on to the next step. The front bar with the measurement increments was time consuming and had a couple nuts that were placed so no wrench fit to tighten. Other than the unclear directions, the final product is as needed for building my furniture. Will be used pretty heavily.