I don't usually write reviews, but I was so happy with this saw I felt like I should! I'm building barn doors for my garage with X-shaped crossbucks. I have an old plastic miter box that I have used with poor results and so this time I was determined to make the project go faster with a power miter saw. I didn't want to spend too much money as I'm not a contractor or pro-woodworker, so it came down to about three saws at around the $100 level. ****** had a Skil saw and a Hitachi, both 10 inches, both 15 amps. But neither of those had the laser and... the kicker... if you don't know much about miter saws, what you should know is that the blades are very expensive ($35-$65 and up) and the more teeth the blade has, the finer cut you can make and the less damage to small pieces of wood. The saws at ***** came with 24-tooth blades, while the Craftsman comes with a 40-tooth blade. That is a significant difference and worth about $35 right there. Secondly, the Craftsman comes with a laser guide (yes, it is battery-powered, but that's still better than no laser at all). I was expecting to find the laser is just a gimmick, but no... in fact, after using it, I wouldn't buy another saw without a laser! The laser helps you line up your cuts and the blade cuts precisely to the right of the line. You could just bring the blade down and see where it falls next to your line, but when you are cuttting angles, it is MUCH faster to use the laser! It is really not a gimmick at all and very good reason to buy this saw over others without a laser. One last point, this saw must be a best seller for Sears, because it felt slightly beefier than even some of the more expensive saws there. The markings on the mitering plate are permanently imprinted in the metal (not stuck on with a sticker, as in some other saws) and the bevel adjustment markings are riveted on, not a sticker as on some higher priced Sears saws! So, all in all, if you are looking for an entry-level power miter saw, I don't think you could do better than this one!
we purchased 2 of this from a jig vendor, (new) we cut 1-1/2" x 2-1/2" x 1/8' PVC angle on a stationary table and jig at 45 deg. the handle broke on one of the saws, ( plastic, faulty design ) I am searching for the repair parts,
This is a great value for me. I use it rarely, not on a jobsite all day, everyday. For me, it fits my needs very well. I should have bought one years ago. It is SO much easier to use a miter saw than a circular saw to get quick straight crosscuts. I had been missing out. Not now! Thanks, Sears Craftsman for all the years of tools.