Not that I love everything about the table. The dust-bag, like all, is a joke. The knive takes some getting used to, and it did need some adjustments out of the box. Pros - sturdy, powerful, portable, accurate. Cons - Blade, dust bag, knife adjustment, won't take a standard Dado. This is not a contractor saw, they make professional grade tools for that. This is a home or medium duty shop saw. The included blade is not the best, so upgrade right away, and take the time to make the adjustments and align. This saw will handly almost anything you throw at it around the house, and not skip a beat. Sure, I'd love a better Dado set-up, but with the money I saved I'll buy a router and table and get more precise cuts anyway. I call it a win win. If you are looking for a heavy duty professional grade saw, this isn't it, but for the average user, it's more than enough.
I bought this table saw for around the house use and to do some wood working. It has plenty of power for my needs, is fairly light weight and does an all around okay job. Where it fails it fails miserably. Most notably in the groves for the miter gauge. Industry standard (and what you'll find in the Dewalt and Bosch table saw that Sears sells also) is that the groves are simple rectangles that are 3/4" wide by 3/8 deep. This table saw (and all others by craftsman except for the really high end) are 5/8" x 3/8" and have the addition of 4 of the most annoying little flanges that jut into the groove forcing any guide rail to be 'T' shaped. Apparently, and as far as I can tell, the addition of the flanges is so your miter gauge doesn't fall out in the event that gravity starts working backwards some day. Other than that unlikely event there is NO REASON WHAT SO EVER for these flanges to exist. The miter gauge that they provide is totally worthless with a full 1/16"+ play while in the groove. So precise and accurate cutting is very very difficult on this saw without some serious time commitment by the end user. To make matters even worse Craftsman doesn't make any higher end miter gauges that fits their own odd groove. Though they do make one that fits the industry standard. That in and of itself speaks volumes. This, to me, is very telling of how poorly thought out this tool is and why the flanges serve no purpose. If Craftsman wanted you to only buy Craftsman guide rails or improved miter gauges to use on their Craftsman table saws then wouldn't it follow that they actually sold improved parts to fit their own tool? But no, they don't stock such things for any price and at the same time prevent the end user from using other manufacturers. The end result is that if you intend to use any sort of cross cut jig, box jig or any other jig that requires any sort of accuracy you're going to have to have custom make all of your guide rails instead of just getting them off the shelf. It also means that you won't be able to use any of the high end, highly accurate miter gauges by third party companies like Kreg. Big, big pain the backside here. Craftsman really failed at this to the point that they should have to offer a written apology to all who bought this (and other's like it) table saw. If you're looking for a saw to do some rough carpentry, maybe some simple fence building or maybe even something to just mess around with, then this might be a great saw for you. If you plan to do any sort of box or furniture making, buy something else, anything else and you'll save yourself a lot of headaches. Sorry Craftsman, you did a really bad job on this.
I'm more of a novice when it comes to woodworking, but I do enjoy it as a hobby. I like the sturdiness of this table saw. I needed to cut down some 2x3's and it got the job done effortlessly. So much easier than when I attempted it with my circular saw! I debated a long time before buying this saw. I wanted to be sure I was making the right decision. I must admit that it is cumbersome to put together being as the directions are very poorly written. They list out the parts by letters, but then refer to them by numbers (as others have said on here, so this came as no surprise). I went mostly off the photos to put together the stand, which wasn't that difficult. The hard part for me was getting the blade tight. I'm not that familiar with the terminology they were using and there weren't very detailed photos on how to do it. I somehow managed to get it done. Needless to say, the blade isn't coming off the saw until I have to replace it! The side arms aren't as sturdy as I would like them to be. I owned a Craftsman table saw like this one before. It was made so much better than this one. It was all metal and no parts on it were flimsy. It doesn't matter the manufacturer, from what I have seen of table saws today, none of them are made like they made them back in the day. But, this one is really sturdy. I like it so far. Can't wait to see how it handles sheets of plywood!
As a newcomer to woodworking, I didn't bring a lot of experience to this purchase. I trusted the Craftsman name and I have not been disappointed. Assembly was easy and I was up and running in no time. I have used the saw for basic cuts, rips and a few rabbets. I am already dreaming about an upgrade, but think I have a lot to learn from this saw first! I love it!
Purchased saw May 2016. To reduce fence movement and misalignment I tightened the bolt on the end opposite the lock down lever, not 100% true but less than an 1/8th. Just an average woodworker with home projects so I'm fine with tolerance. To eliminate wobble in stand I added additional bracing using 1x3's all around. Secured with 1/4 bolts. Used holes already in legs. Saw/stand nice and sturdy now. Works great for me.
I gave this only four stars because of the manual/assembly instructions and channels for the miter guage. The schematic of the unit lists the parts alphabetically, however the assembly instructions lists the parts numerically, and refers to packaged parts with a letter. Nothing is labeled or numbered. Illustrations are often vague and a bit misleading. I had the feeling that somewhere in China, somebody was laughing at my frustrations. Once assembled, however, I found that the miter gauge was right on at 90 degrees, but the fence was a bit off, and a bit frustrating to align. The channels for the miter gauge have protrusions, which I presume are to hold the miter gauge in the channel, had I known this I would not have bought this saw. I needed to make a miter sled for segmented cutting, and the protrusions greatly limit the travel of any type of sled. It's something I can work around, but not as efficient as a smooth channel. I would not recommend this saw to a fellow wood worker, but for someone not needing the capabilities that I need, this would make an excellent saw, except for the instructions.
After looking at many saws from Sears this looked like the one that was a good medium duty saw. After putting it together and using it for a awhile I found that the saw met and exceeded my expectations. The blade that came with it wasn't the best so I didn't even open it. I recently got the compact 10 inch miter saw from Sears which has got to be the best miter available in its category, I used its blade and bought a 80 tooth blade for that. This table saw has many features and is very practical to the skillful home owner. I can see it isn't meant to be a used all day but that's ok, this is designed for the "prosumer"
Works great so far, not too bad to put together!
Horrible assembly instructions. Parts numbers don't even match up with assembly description. Can't believe there haven't been lawsuits and injuries. Finally got the saw together, but it **** sure wasn't easy.
Even new would not rip a 4x4. Just no where near the quality I expected from the Craftsman name.
Awesome saw. Everything I needed. Would
Recommend this product
Have not used it yet - just assembled it
Table saw is great like the laser. Helps ensuring that you have a strait line. The bag underneath doesn't catch everything but it is ok.
The directions are good. The parts are pictured on a single page with letters. Some are grouped under a single letter. The directions themselves have their own drawings and refer to the various parts with numbers instead of the letters.
As noted in other reviews, the t-slot is only 5/8" instead of industry standard 3/4".
After installing, I set the rip fence on the left of the blade and found the cut to be about 3/32 short. I readjusted the guide line to get a perfect width. Then, I switched the fence to the right side and found that I now had a 3/32 error. Thus, the blade and guides came out of the factory zeroed for the rip fence being on the right side of the blade. This means the left side ruler was off by the thickness of the kerf - 3/32".
I then set my miter to the preset 45 deg. and cut a 2x2. Turning the miter to the other side and cutting another 2x2 resulted in a perfect match with a perfect 90 deg. angle.
The table could be a bit heavier, or the stand. For the person who will be using this saw in the same place, the development of a set of floor anchors would be a great addition.
Wish stand was easier to install, however it was worth the effort. Can do rip cuts easily and precisely. Had to put my own reference lines with combo square to get a true square cut when I use the rip fence. Other than that great p
Poor example of Craftsman name! Never thought I could or would say this, but I wouldn't tell anyone for to buy this. No matter what I do it won't stay square and the top is abrasive.
I ordered this saw online and had it delivered to my local Sears store. It arrived when they said it would and pickup was quick and easy. My 14 year old son and myself assembled the saw one evening. It is a great quality saw and I would recommend it to anyone.
Only bad thing I can say is that the knife on the back not straight with the saw blade when you due 45deg cut it gets in the way
I bought this as a backup saw so I stored it away for a little over ayear before I opened it. I found that the base is made from cheap molded polystyrene plastic and it had either been broken in shipment, or at the factory. A replacement base cost almost $50.00 with shipping and tax.
Had I known that the base was cheap plastic I would not have bought the saw. Who in his right mind makes a table saw out of plastic?! The pictures look like metal. I will not recommend this junk to any of my friends, and regret giving Sears money for such a cheap and badly designed product.
This is not a professional grade machine. After reading multiple reviews on how poor the quality is, let me put this simply...it's intended use and price point are for a homeowner doing light projects. If your a cabinet or furniture maker, this is not the machine for you. There's a reason why an Escillade is more expensive than a Tahoe.
Yes, there is wiggle in the miter slot. Yes, the miter slots are not standard dimension. I assume this is for safety since, once the miter gauge is in the slot, you can't accidentally remove it and risk hitting the blade. Grind the tabs off and you now have a standard slot.
The side extensions are a joke. Once fully extended they couldn't support the weight of a 2x6. Luckily I have another old saw that broke which I use as an extension table now.
The dust bag is good in theory but you still have dust to clean up after its full. No exhaust port for vacuum hookup.
The blade adjustment gears are made of plastic and I anticipate them wearing out soon. They will wear out eventually its just a matter of time.
The blade that comes with the saw is garbage. Replace it immediately.
The throat plate is cheap, hard to level and get zero clearance. I scoured the internet looking for a zero clearance throat plate for this found that they just don't make them. I did read of some people making their own due to it's weird shape, but now we are getting into the professional woodworking area again.
The power is fine for this saw.
It has wheels on one side for easily moving around your shop and is fairly light since it's made out of aluminum, not cast iron.
The laser track, blade guard, and knife I didn't even bother assembling.
In conclusion, this is a basic table saw for the basic homeowner. Not for super accurate, professional quality woodworking. I did use this to make some tenons and they came out fine. Just make sure that you fully tune the saw before you use it.
Spend a little extra and get the contractor grade if you plan on doing anything more that basic ripping and non-precise cross cutting.
This is the perfect saw for the homeowner or hobby worker. The expanding sides make it easy to cut larger pieces. The safety feature of the removable key make it ideal for those who have children in the home and want to make sure that it is not able to be turned on. The sawdust catcher works great. All in all I would purchase this saw again.
I'm just starting to get into woodworking and putting together a little work shop so I bought this saw thinking that Craftsman "was" the best, in one day I went out I spent well over $2000. But for the past year I've been fighting this saw, I can't even make a simple picture frame I can build a house with it but not a picture frame. I've made sled jigs, miter jigs, used all kinds of wood and they work great the 1st day then I have to much play or too tight and yes I know wood swells so I went out and bought some 3/4 by 3/8 metal miter sliders and wouldn't you know it they don't fit " too big" I was at the point of having a huge garage sale. Today I went Sears web site thinking I would just buy some from Sears that are made for my saw. I read this review and in 5 min I realized it wasn't me it was this Craftsman table saw I spent well over $200 bucks for. I'll include that review but I wish I would have seen it before hand and it would have saved me a year's worth of flustration and headache. The person that wrote this review is right on the money he said everything I was thinking but better. I am very disappointed in Craftsman for the 2nd time that's why I went with a stihl chain saw. Here is that review.
I bought this table saw for around the house use and to do some wood working. It has plenty of power for my needs, is fairly light weight and does an all around okay job. Where it fails it fails miserably. Most notably in the groves for the miter gauge. Industry standard (and what you'll find in the Dewalt and Bosch table saw that Sears sells also) is that the groves are simple rectangles that are 3/4" wide by 3/8 deep. This table saw (and all others by craftsman except for the really high end) are 5/8" x 3/8" and have the addition of 4 of the most annoying little flanges that jut into the groove forcing any guide rail to be 'T' shaped. Apparently, and as far as I can tell, the addition of the flanges is so your miter gauge doesn't fall out in the event that gravity starts working backwards some day. Other than that unlikely event there is NO REASON WHAT SO EVER for these flanges to exist. The miter gauge that they provide is totally worthless with a full 1/16"+ play while in the groove. So precise and accurate cutting is very very difficult on this saw without some serious time commitment by the end user. To make matters even worse Craftsman doesn't make any higher end miter gauges that fits their own odd groove. Though they do make one that fits the industry standard. That in and of itself speaks volumes. This, to me, is very telling of how poorly thought out this tool is and why the flanges serve no purpose. If Craftsman wanted you to only buy Craftsman guide rails or improved miter gauges to use on their Craftsman table saws then wouldn't it follow that they actually sold improved parts to fit their own tool? But no, they don't stock such things for any price and at the same time prevent the end user from using other manufacturers. The end
miter gauge sucks. not the standard size miter gauge track like mostly all models with 3/4 inch. tried to buy a tenoning jig to fit the table and had no luck, since i like to do mortise and tenon on projects.sears doesnt even sell one for this model, and cant buy to many extra accessaries for this table saw except a 6 inch dado blade. this is the only down fall to me with this model, but love the extensions on both sides. i would recoment if not going to use tenons and mortising.