I purchased this Sears "cabinet" saw back in late December on sale. It is a
Hybrid (not a cabinet / not a contractor's table saw - sort of a mixture of
All in all, I like it. It replaced a 15 year old Craftsman table saw that I
just simply wore out. It needed a new motor, the top was steel and not cast
so it was just beat to death but I made a lot of saw dust with that baby.
Regarding the new saw, it cuts true and I just love the Biesemeyer fence. A
well worth investment. Quieter too and I like that in my enclosed shop.
Here are a few things to note from my experience...
Make sure you have help. The sucker is heavy. The saw for the most part
comes pre-assembled but it is a bear to get in and out of the truck from the
store. Comes in two boxes but the saw is bolted to a metal pallet. The
fence comes in the second box.
It will take two to set up and install the cast iron extensions. Heavy and
cumbersome considering the way they get bolted on and leveled. Rest of the
assembly and calibration is straightforward. The blade guard & splitter are
a definite improvement over what Craftsman had in the past. The guard /
splitter come off with the loosening of a knob. You do not have to remove
the blade guard, etc.
Speaking of blade guards, for about $20 or so, invest in a zero clearance
one and do not use the stock guard. Opening is large (what were they
thinking?) but the nice thing is that the guard on this model is the same
size as the Delta left tilt table so you can order the Delta model from just
about anywhere on the web.
Dust collection is fair. There is a 4" duct on the back but I found that I
still need to open up the side door and vacuum the inside out from there. My
dust collector is fairly powerful but does not seem to have enough to clean
out the saw. Coming from a contractor's saw where all the dust was on the
floor, anything was an improvement.
One addition I do like is the outfeed table that drops down. It is only
stamped steel but better than the adjustable roller stand that I was using.
Hope this helps. Buy it on sale when they are taking another 10% for the
"Bsmug" < email@example.com> wrote in message
Click to see the full signature.