Now that it's assembled and true, I'm very pleased. I read many reviews (positive & negative), tips, and lessons learned; they all helped me prepare whether I experienced all the same or not. In some cases I'm not sure I feel lucky or maybe a problem I read about was the person and not the product. Make no mistake, assembly of this saw is a challenge; however, if you're patient and methodical ... and the people who manufactured your particular saw were on the ball ... then you should do quite well. What follows are some lessons learned from my experience. Definitely ensure your do a 100% inventory without fail, a couple of pieces are hard to identify the first time through, but checking off as you go will ensure a good reconciliation. Also, identify all required tools / materials And ensure they are available if you want to mitigate delays for shopping. I didn't have mineral spirits and carnauba wax, or a tri-square. As others indicated, the few tools provided are "ok" but can be problematic as the 4mm Allen wrench doesn't fit all that type bolt very well, passable at best. The other two are decent. I only used the thin profile wrench (13mm) once when I was installing the rear supports. It was nice for the center bolts and critical for the right side table bolt (the corner as you face toward the front). Many people stated they could not get the blade and/or fence true. This is where I feel fortunate; no problem with trunnions, and the only tip I have for the fence is when you go to install it, slide it on from the right side. It will not just simply slip into place straight down into the slots. There are a couple of errors in the manual. One is the size of the wrench for installing the blade, "13mm" not a chance and the lack of clarity with installing the fence. I ended up loosing my tension nut before I figured out sliding it in from the end. I was initially concerned when I read that the tension was factory set thinking I had screwed myself, but I realized that all I needed to do was ensure the fence was perpendicular, at the correct clearance from the table top, and square to the table miter slot, then I progressively adjusted the tension in until it held under reasonable moderate lateral pressure and I was satisfied. After fully assembling and completing a few test rips for a project, I was overall very pleased except I noticed I have to tweak the Irving blade to alleviate a slight off-center condition. Read the manual thoroughly, be patient and methodical, and I hope you have the same fortune I did. Lastly, the store staff at my Sears was very helpful.
I'm having trouble getting the ripping fence adjusted, the mechanism is pretty Mickey Mouse, and the riving knife doesn't line up perfectly sometimes. I called Sears and they sent a guy over and he agreed, authorizing about $150 in parts to be sent, including the entire aluminum box frame, and the damaged aluminum guide rail in front. That was in May, four telephone calls later and I'm told the parts probably aren't coming before the one year warranty runs out and a replacement offer will cost me almost $250 more, or 50% more. Take it or leave it. Now the saw is worse, self destructing a little more each time I move the fence. Never again Sears. This saw is priced very low so you can expect some minor problems, but when they happen, the warranty process is only for show and will just waste hours of time and make you a lot more angry.
Even though I had to buy the floor model i've had my eye on this model for a while now. It works great. Only downfall is its being discontinued.
This has been a great table saw! Extra good quality and versatility, heavy duty yet easy to move to relocate. It was a pain picking it up at the local store.... getting someone to help was another story, but we finally got it. Thank you for making a great product!
Could have more adjustment under the table to square saw up