I was at the House of Crapsman yesterday doing some sh*pp*
ng (yuck) to see
what I could scare up to give Dad, for him to lose.
I picked up one of the old line Crapsman contractor's saws with the
Align-a-Rip and waffle wings for somewhere around $3-400 last spring. The
saw used to retail for around $580, I think.
I understood it was on closeout as part of an out with the old, in with the
new deal, but I hadn't been back to Sears to look at the new until
I didn't really crawl all over them and kick the tires and stuff, but they
looked pretty damn impressive to me. I thought this one I have looked
impressive nearly a year ago, but the new Crapsmans seem to be built out of
a heavier gauge of steel, with much more robust fences (still two-piece
rails though *) and just generally a surprising amount of ass to not be a
Delta or a JET or some brand that the Wreck doesn't crap all over on a
They even had a cabinet saw with a Biesmeyer fence. That really surprised
me. Nobody sells cabinet saws off the floor around here, and I sure never
expected to see one at Sears. It looked well-built, but then I've never
seen any other cabinet saws that weren't serious industrial stuff, so I
have no basis for comparing it to a Unisaw/General/Powermatic/etc.
I figure since it's Crapsman, the Wreck won't like it a bit, so I thought
I'd find out what people don't like about the new saws. I don't really
care one way or the other, since I won't be shopping for a table saw again
for years, if ever, but it's always good to waste time bitching about how
tools that I can actually afford, which are actually available in person
for cash and carry purchase are far inferior to things that are more
expensive, and more difficult to buy.
(* I never have got the rails quite right on my saw, and the fence is still
tilted imperceptibly away from the blade toward the top. The bevel wheel
is hard to use because I can't feel what it's doing, and have no idea when
it has hit one of the supposed stops. I've decided to stop fooling with
the adjustments and just see what I can do with it though. So far, so
good. It's immensely better than my Skil 3400 was, so as a question of
perspective, I sure can't find much fault with my behemoth sized hunk of
cast Crapsman iron, waffle wings, trifling adjustment problems or no.)
Michael McIntyre ---- Silvan < email@example.com>
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