I feel this saw met all my expectations and more. So far it's done everything I've asked it to do. It can rip, crosscut, and bevel with exceptional precision. I got exactly what I paid for! Anyone that's giving this saw a hard time is either nitpicking or just complaining with no merit. Without spending that extra couple hundred dollars and getting a heavy 10" industrial saw with a good heavy base under it, this saw is a comparable substitute. The directions were just a tad confusing but if you poses any common sense or are just the slightest mechanically inclined, you can figure things out. The fence was the biggest seller for me. It was actually built with long term use and precision in mind. Being that it's made of aluminum, don't knock it! It's thick walled and isn't going to bow or twist while ripping. It's easy to raise and lower the blade to your needed depth. Granted yes, I'd have to agree with all the other comments that it would be nice to lock the blade in place once you've set it, but again - you're getting what you pay for. The only other thing I'd really change about the saw is having the blade tip towards the right, towards the fence to do a bevel. That's just my user preference. There's plenty of power in that motor to do what you want. After ripping a few 2x4's to make horses to set up shop and not have the motor bog out on me, I knew I had made a good purchase. As for stowing this thing away, I liked it. Just be sure to measure your work benches to see if this saw fits under them. It does stand tall once collapsed, but here again, a stout saw on a good stout base isn't going to be small and compact by any means. The base is sturdy. After putting a $60 4x8 sheet of 3/4" birch through it at nearly max rip width and not having the saw budge on me, that told me someone was using their head when they designed the base. If anyone says differently, I say check your floor! All in all, I say if you wanted a good heavy saw you can tuck away when you're done with it, this is an exceptional pick. If you're running a cheap $99 table saw and want to upgrade to something nice and don't want to break the bank, this is the one you'll want to seriously consider. If you're a homeowner in need of a nice portable saw during a remodel, this thing is perfect. This saw will not disappoint you.
The saw and stand went together easily. The fence was perfectly aligned to the blade. The fence was more than expected in its accuracy. Even to the measuring guide on the table. However, as i turned the saw on for the first time it immediately started to vibrate violently and I shut it off. I checked the table for level to the floor and also the arbor nut tightness. All was good. Turned it on again and same result. I then changed blades to a new out of the package Diablo blade...same results. Checked the arbor nut again and that is when i found the problem...Arbor shaft was loose and wobbled the blade almost 1/8" in either direction. UGH! No adjustments can be made to solve this...especially on a new saw. So i brought it back and the only unit available was a floor model. Before taking it off the floor i put a blade on it and lo and behold same arbor wobble. Checked the cheapest Craftsman table saw on the floor and they were tight as can be. Sears has a definite problem with this saw. If you purchase it just be cautious when you turn it on the first time...or check the arbor for play. As I said, everything was perfect...except the saw. ****, I really like it too.
this saw worked well until one insignificant part failed that cripples the entire saw. the threaded bracket on the motor stripped and now the motor will not raise or lower on the guides. craftsman said it is not a replaceable part = new motor = $300+.
Very good saw for the price. Assembly took approx 30 min and was pretty straight forward.