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 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.
Bought this because of the reviews, first one that was shipped looked like it was sent dont a flight of steps the saw had the case cracked, took that one back exchanged it, the box looked better, i opened it took out all the parts and put it together, every thing was great until i got to the last part to put on the rip fence, it was broke , now i have to get another one should just take the whole thing back to get my money back, rip fence is a little chinsey.If you decide to get one look at the box, if it's not perfect tell them to get you another one.
I bought this product to replace the similar one which was bought about 10 years ago due to its motor burned. Compared against the old one this saw has a few improvements. 1. The saw base can be removed from its stand, making it easy for transportation 2. Blad guard and splitter are redesigned to eliminate the adjustment required in the previous model
This is a good saw for the weekend wood worker that may use it twice a year but as for me I need one that is of better quality as I use it every week
Mechanically EXCELLENT!!! Documentation for assemble could use an update. Assembly instructions looks like it was done in China. More pictures would be good and stickers to identify the parts
I think you get what you pay for. It is under $300 and you can tell when using it. The pictures are better then the saw is in person. I only plan on using it a handful of times a year. I bought the 5 year plan that is available and it was $330 after tax
I have an old version of this saw from about 1999, give or take a year. I have used it a lot over the years for many projects like, remodeling my kitchen, building a desk, speakers and many many small projects. Just yesterday a motor bearing froze. I looked at all of the new table saws on the market. There are some nicer ones than mine for less than $300. But they are not that much nicer. I decided to order a three dollar bearing off the WEB and fix it myself. The newer models of my saw have upgrades that I wish mine had, such as the laser and wheels. I may buy a new different brand to get upgrades not offered by sears and sell my old one. The non-standard 5/8" miter slots always prevented me from making a sled. I really have missed a dado blade all these years. No table saw should be made without it. But being new and naive in 1999 and new to power tools, I thought all table saws accepted dado blades. I also like the new more accurate rip fences and dust collection systems on modern saws. And the wheels...I want the wheels. My old saw will still work as good as new when I get the bearing replaced. The new version of this saw is better than mine, but none-the-less it is outdated. Buy something better. Your future self will thank you.