I currently have a 16.8V craftsman, which has been OK, but not great.
If I were looking again, I would look for a nicer 12v or possibly 14.4v
that would be a little lighter and easier to maneuver. I've seen a few
comparisons/reviews in magazines - Wood magazine Feb/Mar 05 recommended
the Dewalt 14.4 (followed by the Panasonic 15.6, IIRC).
Popular Woodworking Feb 03 recommended the 12v Panasonic with NiMH
batts, followed by the Porter Cable 12v, or the Craftsman 12v as a
bargain option. (This PopWood article is available to download at
See the recent thread on "NiCad Battery Memory?" and related links for
some discussion on battery types, chargers, etc.