Have used saw several times on 1" pine, 2" spruce and laun. Have had no problems cutting any of the above. I have used both pinned and non-pinned blades for various projects and have had no issues whatsoever with changing them. I have also used round blades (they cut in both directions) which also function well. I have yet to break a blade.
I struggled for 2 hours to get this to hold plain end blades. It simply won't hold the really small ones. The design for holding plain end blades is very bad. As you screw in the hold down screw, it torques the holder so far to the right, the blade comes right out. If I had a third hand, maybe it would work. It handled pin-end blades just fine. However, I took the saw back to Sears, and it won't handle 1/2 of the blades it says it handles. Brad
Worst product from Craftsman I have ever bought. Don't waste your time and money on this product. Have ruined 5 projects because of very severe Vibration. Blade hook up on bottom is very difficult.
works great Craftsman is a great brand been using them since as far back as i can remember
Got it for Christmas gift. Works great. Good quality.