Not that I love everything about the table. The dust-bag, like all, is a joke. The knive takes some getting used to, and it did need some adjustments out of the box. Pros - sturdy, powerful, portable, accurate. Cons - Blade, dust bag, knife adjustment, won't take a standard Dado. This is not a contractor saw, they make professional grade tools for that. This is a home or medium duty shop saw. The included blade is not the best, so upgrade right away, and take the time to make the adjustments and align. This saw will handly almost anything you throw at it around the house, and not skip a beat. Sure, I'd love a better Dado set-up, but with the money I saved I'll buy a router and table and get more precise cuts anyway. I call it a win win. If you are looking for a heavy duty professional grade saw, this isn't it, but for the average user, it's more than enough.
I bought this table saw for around the house use and to do some wood working. It has plenty of power for my needs, is fairly light weight and does an all around okay job. Where it fails it fails miserably. Most notably in the groves for the miter gauge. Industry standard (and what you'll find in the Dewalt and Bosch table saw that Sears sells also) is that the groves are simple rectangles that are 3/4" wide by 3/8 deep. This table saw (and all others by craftsman except for the really high end) are 5/8" x 3/8" and have the addition of 4 of the most annoying little flanges that jut into the groove forcing any guide rail to be 'T' shaped. Apparently, and as far as I can tell, the addition of the flanges is so your miter gauge doesn't fall out in the event that gravity starts working backwards some day. Other than that unlikely event there is NO REASON WHAT SO EVER for these flanges to exist. The miter gauge that they provide is totally worthless with a full 1/16"+ play while in the groove. So precise and accurate cutting is very very difficult on this saw without some serious time commitment by the end user. To make matters even worse Craftsman doesn't make any higher end miter gauges that fits their own odd groove. Though they do make one that fits the industry standard. That in and of itself speaks volumes. This, to me, is very telling of how poorly thought out this tool is and why the flanges serve no purpose. If Craftsman wanted you to only buy Craftsman guide rails or improved miter gauges to use on their Craftsman table saws then wouldn't it follow that they actually sold improved parts to fit their own tool? But no, they don't stock such things for any price and at the same time prevent the end user from using other manufacturers. The end result is that if you intend to use any sort of cross cut jig, box jig or any other jig that requires any sort of accuracy you're going to have to have custom make all of your guide rails instead of just getting them off the shelf. It also means that you won't be able to use any of the high end, highly accurate miter gauges by third party companies like Kreg. Big, big pain the backside here. Craftsman really failed at this to the point that they should have to offer a written apology to all who bought this (and other's like it) table saw. If you're looking for a saw to do some rough carpentry, maybe some simple fence building or maybe even something to just mess around with, then this might be a great saw for you. If you plan to do any sort of box or furniture making, buy something else, anything else and you'll save yourself a lot of headaches. Sorry Craftsman, you did a really bad job on this.
Overall I feel this saw was an excellent purchase. I am very satisfied with the price and there were no dimensional adjustments needed. Although I think the shipping was supposed to be 3 days...I received it in less than 24 hours...I was amazed!
My only negatives: the assembly instructions... I was able to figure them out but they could have been much better. The initial list of the components were labeled in alpha but when you get into the directions they are listed numeric so there really is no way to look at the part picture and match it up with the assembly directions. I was also missing 1 bolt, but was able to pick one up for penny's at the local hardware store (was only for the extension table so it didn't hinder me in any way). As with other reviews and other equipment, it is hardly worth using the dust bag but I can deal with that as it will be used in the garage.
As initially stated I feel this deserves 5 stars. The saw itself is fantastic for my amateur needs and again, awesome shipping!!
Bought this for my son-in-law and he loves it. Has already built several things for the house as well as a few wedding gifts and home owners gifts. Will get his monies worth for sure.
So you bought this saw and you think you can start using it? Forget it.
It seems like the manufacturer did not leave any bolt to assemble himself and there are plenty of them.
After 4-hours I was only 80% done, I broke and returned the saw.
It looks like a “Build Your Own Saw” Kit.
Always enjoy a craftsman tool. In the store I was worried about the plastic parts on the table saw but I thought I'd give it a shot. Putting together the saw the parts appear to be stronger than the floor model that probably has been abused. Time will tell how well the saw holds up but I am looking forward to using my new saw.
The saw is good for beginner stand point. It has has everything it needs and has the extendable sides for big sheets of wood. Light to move around the garage.
I really like this machine has great power! Would recommend it for sure
works great, nice and heavy duty, nice for any project.
I bought this saw almost two years ago and i am more disappointed in it now than i was the day I set it up. Honestly I bought it because I couldn't afford a 5-800$ saw so I settled for this one.Woodworking to me is prettymuch a hobby but I do make money at it so i make my purchases sometimes based on that income and need. But as I write this I am looking into other brands and saws of better quality. As one guy plainly and honestly put it this saw is for lite duty infrequent use only.The laser is absolutely useless and inaccurate, so unless you like looking at it take it off or ignore it.The tabs on the miter slots are a total nuisance and the miter slot itself is an 1/8th wider than the miter gauge bar itself,the miter gauge is made entirely of plastic/aluminum as most are now days,and very inaccurate as well, the throat plate sits low in the middle,high on the exit end and low on the entry end, you can put it in a vise to try and flatten it/even it out but the dimples on the underside and the tabs on the frame are the problem.The side extensions as well as the back extensions are of little use, extend them any at all and they drop down below the cutting table by as much as a half inch if not more when fully extended.You will have to prop the extensions up with something to get any kind of support with them.If you're using the fence on either extension with it extended then you will have to take extra time to square the extension/fence to the blade or your cut will be nowhere near accurate. The cranks for both the blade and the miter setting HAVE to be kept clean,blowed out frequently, the housing for the motor is made of soft plastic and sits too close to the saw caseing, on the side not getting enough air nor having enough exhaust, traps saw dust to easily.The motor gets hot,putting a strain on the bearings.There are no ports for a vacuum so you will have to cut those yourself but youre gonna have to fabricate at least two throatplates so you might as well make a day of it.There is a reason Sears is closing stores right and left and selling the craftsman product/name and this as well as products like this is one of them.A lot of people will take this saw out 4 or 5 times a year to cut some molding,a 2x2 or 2x4,maybe cut a pc of ply wood,mdf,luan,paneling etc. then this saw is for them it should last them a long time if they dont mind their miters being off,their cuts being uneven and their sheets being out of square, but if you are like me and use your saw almost daily for much more you will regret it when you get it.In Six months youll realize enough is enough,not much longer youll be looking for something else. There was a time that the craftsman name meant something, from power tools to hand tools but over the years thats become less and less so. Becouse of the price compared to the quality of their product they are failing as this saw will later down the road.