Deal DetailsPromoted 07-03-2013 at 09:56 PM View Original Post
Good reviews on the Sears site as well as the Home Depot Canada site. I believe at one point in time you could've picked up the Ridgid version on clearance here in the states for about $100. Now that would've been sweet.
Tool Hound also did a nice review on it. And I posted some questions on a few woodworking sites and got a few thumbs up from forum goers saying it would've been their choice of the three and just make sure you use the right blade for the job. I picked up the last one at the Wilmington DE store. But all the other stores in my area were ship to store in a week's time. So I think that would be the same around the country.
Now if this rain can clear so I can work on my porch.
The new Craftsman 10" Professional Jobsite Table Saw has 15 amps of power and features of a full-size table saw in a compact, portable design. The telescoping handle, 6" wheels and on-board storage makes transportation around the jobsite effortless, while the tool-less blade guard allows for versatility and safety when making cuts.
Includes: Table Saw, Blade, Rip Fence, Miter Gauge, Blade Wrenches, Push Stick, Blade Guard, Anti-Kickback Pawls, Hex Key, Operator's Manual
Compact portable design for easy transportation
36-Tooth carbide tipped blade for smooth cuts and long life (accepts 6-in. stacked dado set up to 1/2-in.)
3/4-in. T-slot miter gauge
T-slot miter gauge grooves on both sides of blade for versatility
6-in. wheels for easy portability
Steel tubing roll cage wraps around the saws cabinet housing for added protection and durability
Oversized blade height and bevel adjustment knob
Rear outfeed support helps during ripping operations
Toolless blade guard system includes multi-position riving knife/spreader
Right sliding table extension extends to a 24 in. rip capacity
Self-aligning rip fence clamps on front and rear of table for accuracy
On board storage for blade, wrenches, push stick and miter gauge
Telescoping locking handle extends and locks in place for transportation
2-1/2-in. Dust Port
Weight: 61 lbs
Power: 15 Amps
Setup: Some Assembly Required
Warranty: Craftsman One Year Limited
One of the better user reviews:
Quote :Let me start by saying that I am not a table saw aficionado. I much prefer a radial arm saw for its versatility. But, there are times when a small table saw fills the bill, especially when you are lugging it around to job sites. That's exactly what this saw is made for and does well. Most job site saws are larger and have attached stands. This is fine if all your jobs are accessible by flat smooth surfaces, but they seldom are. The added weight of an attached stand requires two people to carry up stairs or across a field. This saw can be carried or wheeled. It would be nice if a separate folding stand were available for this, but there doesn't seem to be. It does work fairly well to just bolt it to a pair of saw horses.
This saw begs comparison to the similar DeWalt mini job site saw also sold by Sears. The Craftsman saw has many advantages: lower price, greater rip capacity, a real metal miter gauge, a side and outfeed extension, wheels, and a telescoping handle. The DeWalt has a rack and pinion fence mechanism that insures a parallel fence and is a little lighter. It also has a full thickness blade insert and available stand. It was an easy choice for me. I refuse to pay Dewalt prices for a saw with a plastic miter gauge. And besides, I'm still mad at Dewalt for not making there excellent radial arm saws anymore.
This saw is made in Taiwan by a company that also makes saws for Ridgid whose jobsite saw is top rated by a leading consumer magazine. Ridgid actually sold a cosmetically altered version of this saw as a special edition of a while. My saw came pretty well set up right out of the box. I made slight adjustments to the blade heeling, the rip fence, and the riving knife. These adjustments are all easily accessible. The heeling adjustment is particularly easy because of a eccentric bolt which allow precision changes. The guard is the best I have ever experience on a table saw. The splitter is hefty and easily adjustable in three different dimensions. In the past I've never been able to get a good adjustment on cheap splitters so I didn't use them. I may actually use this one. It has toolless, modular kickback pawls and guard. Much heftier than what I am used to on inexpensive saws. One complaint is that the blade insert is not thick enough to allow replacement by zero clearance inserts. Also, it only takes a 1/2" dado. You need 3/4" for shelf inlets. It has a dust collection shroud around the blade an outlet tube. Oddly enough it doesn't come with a bag. I bought a Bosch bag and it works fine. Most of the dust--not all--goes in the bag. I would collect more with a vacuum, but who wants to hassle with that. The fence works well. The miter gauge is sturdy metal but a little loose in the slot. The table extension lock was a little weak when I got it, but was easily adjusted with a turnbuckle under the table. The table is almost perfectly flat with a very slight roll-off at the rear. I don't care so much for the painted table, but I suppose machining it would add a lot to the price.
I bought this to replace another Craftsman saw in this price range. The other was much flimsier, made by another supplier, and not up to professional standards at all, but then it wasn't marketed as such. I think this saw pretty well lives up the "Professional" designation. I used to repair typewriters, so I know machines pretty well. I think this is quite well made compared to much of the junk that is on the market today. I've been a professional builder for several years, and I like this saw. I'd give it a 4.5 if I could. Not quite 5 because of the drawbacks I have mentioned.