I've wanted to add a miter saw to my little shop for a few years. After doing a lot of research and reading decided on this Craftsman 10 inch sliding compound model. With an online sale + a coupon + points I had + an additional %5 off I managed to get the saw from $117. And I had it within 20 minutes with in-store pickup. DEAL! Now about the saw itself; it was well packaged and assembly required was minimal and self explanatory. Once set up I gave it a once over checking the various moving parts and knobs as well as checking out the overall build of it. It was all in good order and very solid. I was also happy to find that the “laser trac” is switchable and that the switch is covered by clear rubber boot to keep dust out. There’s also a safety you have to engage before pulling the trigger to start the saw. Not that I’ll be loaning it out to anyone or anyone else will be messing around with it but you never know so that’s a nice feature. The supplied 60T carbide blade is pretty nice. The clamp is what you’d expect and the extensions are alright. I like that they have stops you can flip up but for long pieces you will need more support. I made a few test cuts on scrap and out of the box it was very close to accurate but it did need some small adjustment (like a degree at most). This is where I stopped and read the manual. I’m not new to using these saws but I find that reading the manual is helpful and most people that experience issues are usually those who fail to read the manufacturers literature. Finger through it. After doing that I got my squares and followed the manuals instructions to calibrate the saw. I had absolutely no trouble and after a series of various test cuts the saw is dead-on. The laser, which other reviews have voiced concern, is also straight on. The entire ordeal took maybe 45 minutes. I had no problem getting through a 2x12. Saw slides smooth, not the fastest (switch to a more aggressive blade if you want speed) but it was fine for me. And the detents for angles seemed good to me. A cut at 45 degrees came out perfect according to my squares so I don’t think there’s a slop issue. Other reviewers have had the carry handle break on them. I have not experienced this but I wouldn’t be trying to carry the weight of this tool with one hand and a PLASTIC handle in the first place. It would be awkward anyway. I lift it from the base. I’ve also seen people saying the handle to lock down an angle has busted. You people have to be trying. Honestly, how hard are you cranking that thing down? A couple turns until you’re tight and you’re good. We’re not sealing a leak on a submarine here. The dust bag is useless as others have said but I don’t know what you would expect given the science going on. It’s a saw, they create saw dust. I haven’t tried it with a vac yet. All in all I think this saw was a great purchase. It’s a quality tool at a good price and it’s given me excellent results. I’d recommend it
I've had this saw for just over 2 years when it broke. Straight out of the box, the angles where close, but not accurate at all. If you want perfectly square cuts or trying to make a picture frame with 45* miters, plan on having some serious gaps. The red angle lock on the bottom of the saw is made of plastic with WAY too much flex. I've seen as much as 2 degrees of deflection. Also, as you screw down to lock the angle in place, it moves away from the angle you originally set. I have spent multiple hours tuning the saw to get an accurate cut, but all the cheap plastic means it doesn't hold true for more than a couple cuts. Additionally, I recently had the screw lock break on me. The screw goes through a nut that is held in place by plastic. While locking an angle in place, the plastic broke so the nut is able to freely move now. I can only cut angles at the notched locations which, again, are very loose in fit. If you are only going to be using this for rough work, all these issues may not be a problem (but I'd just recommend using a circular saw in that case). I've ended up just using this to cut longer boards down to manageable sizes, then cut to their final size/angle on other tools. If you plan on using this to cut accurate angles, like I was, look elsewhere.