This is a terrific value for the money. It performs as well if not better than other brands costing up to twice as much. It is easy to use and has safety first features. Do not see why anybody would want a non-sliding mitre saw (that most others sell for about same as this) when they can have this one.
The saw is ok - cuts are straight and miters are fairly tight. The laser is difficult to see when using outdoors, even in the shade. My biggest gripe is the sorry plastic "handle" on this saw. After finishing a job the other day, I picked up the saw by the "handle" which pulled apart from where it is attached to the motor housing. Half the screws stripped out of the motor housing and the other half broke through the upper handle's plastic. I have been trying to get replacement parts through parts direct, but the motor handles are backordered for a month! I imagine they replace a lot of these handles. If you buy one of these saws, be sure and not use the handles as handles. Pick up the saw from under the base.
Got on sale for $200. works great, but wanted to be able to cut wider material so I started looking at sliders and ended up getting this saw. saw is good enough for my light duty non-professional needs around my house. Slider moves precisely and setting up saw to cut square took around 15 minutes ... it was "pretty close" out of the box. I agree with everyone else that the dust bag does not do much "collecting". light weight and easy to move around and store away. i would recommend to anybody.
Nice entry level saw. Small blade size, compact size for easy storage. Very simple to use. I've had no issues. I have a larger one also, and I prefer this unit!
This is a great machine, very easy to use. Love the handle for transporting. Could be a little lighter. Easy to assemble. I'd highly recommend it. No issues this far.
Was a little disappointed when I first used the laser. The laser is not very bright and does not project a sharp line on the wood. It doesn't project directly on the cutting line, either. It shines to the left of it about 1/8 inch. Called the help line and was told "that's just the way it is". Other than that, it appears to function as it should in making cuts in wood. I don't know how much the laser adds to the price, but it's not worth it.
Large and heavy duty. Very pleased with quality. Enjoying doing the woodwork easier with the miter saw now. Detailed crafts need this kind of saw for more accurate cutting so knew Craftsman products would be my best solution. Very pleased with the purchase.
Just can't beat it for the price. Does everything very well as expected.
Easy set up out of the box. Looked at several brands before settling on the Craftsman.. This is a great saw for the weekend DIY. Used it only a few times but so far it is well worth the money. Was able to get this on sale and that helped make the decision
I have used this saw since 2011. It cuts accurate through thin molding or 4x4s. I really try to use it for anything I can because of how clean and accurate it will cut. It has held up well over the years and I would recommend it to anyone planning on using it every weekend for years. I have used it almost every weekend and enough to replace 2 blades. One small problem I have is I wish the back fence was a little longer towards the blade for small cuts. The major problem I have is the "Miter Handle Support part 2dwh" is cheap and flimsy, It is the piece that holds the trigger and locking mech to adjust from straight cuts to 45 or other degrees. This made from cheap plastic rather than metal like higher end units. It has broke and been repaired several times. Another reason it breaks is the poor design. There are 4 screw holes that bolts this piece to the unit. These holes are attached to the Miter Handle Support by a lip that is just over an inch long and quarter of an inch thick.If you press hard enough with your hands it would more than likely break let alone real use on a saw. The bad news is craftsman no longer has any real warranty with their saws. The good news is Craftsman finally makes a replacement piece for about $40 taxed and shipped that is made from metal.
With that piece being broke your saw will slide all over the place and never allow you to make a straight accurate cut. So I would suggest to spend the extra money and buy the next level up. It already has the metal Miter Handle Support for the price difference of this saw plus buying a replacement metal support handle. So they are really the same price at this point and you wont have to wait 2 weeks for a replacement.
I was uncertain whether or not to indulge in a compound miter saw when I already had a chop saw. I decided to mitigate some of the cost by going with a 10" saw, and I could not be more pleased. This saw has a very smooth action. The guard retracts with no pull. With very little effort you can make very reasonable cuts using the laser. The degree measurements on the saw are accurate enough that I don't feel the need to verify each adjustment using a compass or square for work like trim. Most importantly it is a great toy to add to the shelf! It is a pleasure to use. Thank you craftsman.
This is a top quality saw. The blade and fence were perfectly square right out of the box. Very solid build quality. I chose this over the 12" version, and I don't think I will ever miss the two extra inches. You can make very precise cuts with this saw. Also, I was surprised that it came with such a high quality 60 tooth blade. I purchased a quality blade along with the saw, but I found out that that was unnecessary. I am very pleased with everything except that the laser is not as accurate as I would like.
This is a great saw for a great price. I was able to cross cut an 11" piece of plywood down to the length I needed, rather than use a circular saw for the cut. The dust collection bag works decently well, although there is still a fair amount of saw dust that does not go through the dust chute. I tested out the dust collection with a shop vac hooked up to the dust chute and i'd guess that about 90% of the dust was caught by the vacuum.
So, I purchased this a few years ago, used it quite a bit doing contract work, dropped it out of the truck, setting it up, you name it. Used it for cutting tile, shingles, wood, you name it, and it wont die. I left it upside down for 6mos in storage, turned the blade once, and bam, worked like new. Never had any equipment work like that. Just recommend getting a good blade, like a diablo, for it and it will never give up on you.
-Out of the box the plastic on the back of the slide was broken
-Upon assembly the plastic piece the the primary angle screws into snapped (so ti can't be locked at an angle)
-Upon use the laser was out of alignment
That being said, it was one hundred and seventy dollars, so I can't complain too much. It was purchased to be used for a deck build (I purchased the Craftsman saw stand as well). Cutting 4x8 doug fir joists (large deck) was possible but the saw would come very close to stalling and really struggled when cutting the entire 4" width and sliding across the 12"... in the saw's defense these were 100lb+ wet lumber 4x8s so they are far from easy to cut.
I have used a number of miter saws. This unit is clearly sub-par to Hitachi/Dewalt/Bosch etc. but at half the cost it will get most jobs done. If you are going to use it lightly and don't mind a few broken parts along the way it's a decent tool, for heavy duty use I would stick with a higher end unit.
After putting it together and getting it setup on my bench I decided to take it for a test run to check it out. A strong saw that seems to rip right through wood. No problems there. The angles were off. 0 degrees was off by a degree or a little less. 45 degrees way off. The problem with it seems to be the tightening handle to lock it into place. When you leave it untightened it is close but when you tighten it the angle moves to the right and now your at 44 degrees. This is the same thing as the zero degree mark. Tighten it and it will be at 1 degree the opposite direction. I can typically get it set after a few test cuts but I shouldn't have to. That is why the degree marks are on there. Oh well I am stuck with it now. Would I recomend it? Nope
Great buy! Bought to build the wife a book shelf that measured 7'x4' and I have not built anything before. The saw worked great cutting a 2x10, was very easy to set up and start using.
Already recommended it to some friends
Needed a reliable miter saw, a friend showed me his craftsman he has had for 15 years with no issues as a contractor. So I took a chance ,let me tell you no disappointment at all it has exceeded my expectations. Thank you again
It's not the most high quality saw but I already knew that when I bought it. Slide out tables are cheap and not very useful. The laser light is unaligned and loose. Perfectly fine for work that doesn't demand perfection. I'm using it for door casings and base trim in the house now... Miters are alright. Nothing a little liquid trim can't fix. I do love the material size it can handle.