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Sears Craftsman Professional 15 amp Portable Table Saw 21829 (Ryobi BT3x Clone) - $364.99 + Tax & Free In-Store Pickup

aerodynamics 898 424 September 19, 2012 at 02:50 AM in Home & Home Improvement (9) More Sears Deals
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Last Edited by aerodynamics September 19, 2012 at 02:53 AM

For those not in the know, this is a rebadge of the famed - and discontinued - Ryobi BT3000/3100 series table saw which was regarded as an accurate and, with the router table accessory, portable muilt-tool workstation. It has its own forum [] and a fairly large aftermarket and mods community. The folding stand IMO is worth its weight in gold for someone short on space.

I've been tracking this saw for well over a year and this is by far the lowest I've ever seen it. History shows it's been lower but that was ages ago (long before I ever wanted one) and Sears has steadily raised the MSRP since. For the longest time, this has been sitting at $509-525 so at $365 I personally think this is a rather hot deal.

Price breakdown as follows:
  • $499.99 - 15% off select tools (no code, just add to cart) = $424.99
  • Apply code SAVEONTOOLS to take another $60 off = $364.99
  • Add your state tax + S&H or choose free in-store pickup

Total for me including CA tax and pickup in-store was $396.93. I almost bit at $424 but the $60 off code made it a no-brainer.
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Last Edited by aerodynamics September 19, 2012 at 07:05 PM
15% off ends 9/20.

SAVEONTOOLS code good thru 9/29.


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i have the ryobi version, but with the fixed base, not the wheeled base. got it on clearance from home depot for under $200. it is a very good cutting saw. i would like the measuring guide to move a bit smoother, but its a minor issue. overall a great saw. not sure i would spend $370 on it.
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Gosh, what a blast from the past! I had forgotten that Ryobi marketed a version of the fabled BT3100 under the Sears Craftsman brand. When Home Depot stopped carrying the Ryobi version I thought amateur woodworkers on a budget had lost a valuable tool option.

This is an astonishing tool. The BT3100 was a radically different take on the homeowner's table saw.
- Completely shrouded and ducted cutting blade for effective dust removal, and a true riving knife under the blade guard that raises, lowers and tilts along with the blade for maximum safety against kickback.

- An extruded aluminum rip fence that locks front and rear for perfectly square rip cuts and comes out of the box equipped with milled accessory slots for feather boards, auxillary fences and other accessories.

- An innovative sliding miter table with adjustable miter fence (also with milled accessory slots) in place of the notoritously inaccuarate, pint-sized miter guage you typically see on portable consumer grade saws of this size.

- It even features an integral router table as standard equipment, to allow you to mount an inverted wood router and utilize the rip fence and miter table for precise milling.

It was ahead of its time and compared to most of the Skil and low end B&D homeowner crap offered in big box stores, it still is. Judging from what I can see in the pictures, this Sears version inherits all those innovative features, plus a clever folding, wheeled platform.

What it wasn't was a particularly powerful saw and it lacks a magnetic safety switch (admittely rare on low end portable saws). So if you trip a fuse and forget to turn the tool off, it'll immediately start running - unattended - as soon as you flip the breaker back on from the basement

And it's a tool that does not tolerate well rough treatment or use by operators who don't take the time to properly set it up and use it the way it was designed, which is for precision woodworking versus high volume, rough production work.

This is a really smart buy for people who want to get into the craft of woodworking, as opposed to rough carpentry.
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Last edited by majorhavoc September 19, 2012 at 05:54 AM
I bought one of these on an open box deal at Sears a couple years ago for $350. I jumped on it then since it was normally priced $499. I love this saw. Perfect for me since I'm working out of my garage on small projects. The folding mechanism is awesome. I haven't used the router attachment yet, though.
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Another satisfied owner of this saw. It can be a little bit of pain to get set up properly, but once it is, it is awesome. As noted above, there is a great online community supporting this saw.
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Should I get this or a miter saw (in the same price range, I think I can get a dewalt 12 inch double bevel, no slide) for an upcoming deck building project?
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For 300 mile radius, keep getting that it's not available.

This item is currently unavailable for store pickup. Limited quantities may be available in your local Sears store. Please check more stores, expand your radius, or select Shipping

Any way to use SAVEONTOOLS code in-store?

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Should I get this or a miter saw (in the same price range, I think I can get a dewalt 12 inch double bevel, no slide) for an upcoming deck building project?
Yes, I would recommend a dewalt 12" dual-bevel miter saw for the deck job. It will be much faster and easier to get straight cuts on the large boards. I have used the crap out of my Dewalt 12" miter over the years. I only now purchased a Bosch table saw w/ gravity rise stand to cut some very long precise cuts for some cabinets I made, and some wood flooring I had to rip. Beyond that, my Miter saw has seen FAR more use than the table saw.
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Is it difficult to set it up? I read some reviews on complaining about the difficulty. Some even had to return them back to the store because theirs couldn't be set up correctly. I've read lots of good things about the ryobi saw over the years and really like the portable feature of this saw.

Currently I have a cheap, small table saw. When I bought it 15 years ago, I just put it up and have been using it for the last 15 years without checking if it was really squared or straight. I haven't been doing any precision stuff anyway, just some rough cuts. So I really don't have much experience of setting up a table saw.
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not one within 300 miles of my location. WTF sears.
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crap - had it in cart and can't checkout anymore
broke the first rule of SD - buy first, think later.
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Yea not available anywhere and delivery is $70
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It was available a minute ago at all three nearby locations by my house. Then suddenly it is OOS within 300 miles. Something is not right.

My hunch was right. It became available again.
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Last edited by polymixa September 19, 2012 at 08:48 AM
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Should I get this or a miter saw (in the same price range, I think I can get a dewalt 12 inch double bevel, no slide) for an upcoming deck building project?
I have both a table saw and a miter saw. Miter saws are really just for cross cuts 10-12 inches across. Band saws are ideal for thin rip cuts, dependent on the throat size. Table saws are more versatile with both rip cuts and cross cuts, but probably would need to remove the rip fence and use a miter slot jig to cross cut 90 degs across deck boards. Rip vs. cross cuts []

For building decks, I would think all you need is miter saw for cross cutting, since the deck boards are no probably no wider than 10 inches. But you may want a table saw for more versatility later.
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