Got the 22114 home. Called a buddy to come over to help get it out of the
truck, into the house, down the stairs, and into the basement shop.... wish
I would have called 2 buddies. After freezing outside getting everything I
could get out of the packaging on my own and breaking my back getting this
sucker into the shop I'm happy.
I realize that some folks (hint Steve K.) are not fond of Craftsman so I
wont take it personally. :-) 6 months ago I wouldn't have even thought of
buying a Craftsman, but after all of the positive things I have read and
seeing the saws I thought long and hard about it. I was really close to
buying one of two others... the General International 50-185 and the Ridgid
TS3650. I'm sure I would have been very happy with either... especially the
General. The General would have required a 105 mile drive, and a definite
blade purchase (which I did anyways, but like having the 'cheaper' one for
free to use on crapwood). There was more than one time that if a HD
'salesperson' would have talked to me to discuss a discount I would have
probably had one of them in the back of my truck. Im glad I didnt buy one,
though. I kept hearing about arbor issues and a wobbly base - both of which
could be fixed, but I wasnt digging the thought of fixing something before I
even used it. And, to be honest, I like the hybrid style of the Craftsman.
It suites the home shop pretty well. So Im not apologetic about buying it.
I'll let you know if I still feel this way after I finish assembling it and
get to making sawdust.