I had to downsize my shop, and this replaces a much larger table saw. I have used the saw to rip plywood, hardwood, framing lumber, and pine boards. I have also used it for some minor dado work. The saw has had all the power I need. It is accurate, and stable enough. I can store it away in the corner of my new tiny shop, then pull it out and work under my carport or in the backyard. The only drawback is getting used to the short distance from the start of the table to the beginning of the saw blade cut (having spent many years with a much larger saw). For me this is a matter of adapting. I'm very pleased with this saw's performance.
I have had the saw for about a year and a half and the stand has collapsed 3 times now and will not stay locked at all now. Seems a very serious design flaw and is dangerous the way it is. Before you use it put some weight on the ends of the table once you have it setup to make sure it will hold.
Pros= lightweight, compact, easy to move, cuts softwood & hardwood, decent power. Table extensions are fairly good, but cam locks need adjustment from time to time. Cons= unstable, too light for cutting large pieces safely, tends to tip over if pushing heavy stock through. Miter slots have no grooves to hold miter gauge so it constantly falls off (usually on a foot). Table insert clips in place, but clip is spot welded and it broke off after one month of normal use. Spooky to cut thin pieces off of anything. Motor tilt very poor, won't cut an angle accurately without a lot of fussing with angle stop screws.
DADO blade compatibility was a key factor that led me to buy this saw. Right after I purchased the saw, I ordered the DADO insert on searspartsdirect.com and they kept delaying the order far after the return period of the saw. Now the part is no longer available (I just confirmed this over the phone with them) and I am stuck with a saw that doesn't meet my requiremenets and I can't return.
I ordered this saw about 6 months ago. When it came the dust collection part was broken. I contacted sears to see if a replacement was available rather than returning it. They ordered the part for me. 6 months later and its still backordered. I contact sears and they say its no longer available. And now its too late to return it.. Thanks a lot Sears..
I researched table saws before buying this one, and I couldn't be happier. I am a new "do-it-yourselfer" and the saw suits me perfectly. It was not difficult to put together and I really like the fact that it stores away in a compact fashion. The table is metal and the lower housing is plastic, which is fine with me--quality materials are used where they are most needed. Compared to other table saws I looked at this saw provided a lot of value for the money and does everything I need it to do for home improvement projects.