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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.
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?