I am happy to see the Craftsman "Professional Grade" saw get reviewed.
I will be looking forward towards your review as well as others in the
rest of the woodworking magazine world. I think you are right about
these new saws being a little hard to get right now. I was very lucky
to get one right away within a week of the first display. Believe me,
it took some elbow wrangling and a very cooperative store mangager to
get it so quickly. Who knows! Maybe I'm the first one to buy one and
actually be using it on a daily basis! So far, I have been very happy
with the performance and accuracy of the cuts it makes. The Beismeyer
works as advertised and ripping is very smooth. The hold down miter
comes in very handy and has proven to yield 90 degrees every time,
once I set the positive stop. I am waiting til Monday for a dado
insert. Too new to have them stocked in store. Here in the Seattle
environs, the saws are on display in the Alderwood, Shoreline and Soho
stores. I'm sure there are others, but I can't verify.
Well,.........hope you have as much fun putting the saw together as I
did! I'm still using the steel cage it came in as a staining rack. For
others out there who might be curious, it's definitely worth a look!