Things I Like About This Saw:
Power. Twice the power of my old saw, and plenty good enough for all the
work I do. No more stalling out on rip cuts in 2" walnut with smoke rolling
off the stock. And it only takes 110 volts.
Height of the table top. I'm tall, and this saw has a more comfortable
working level, especially after I put it on a mobile stand.
Quiet. This saw is way less noisy than my old Craftsman contractor's saw.
The blade that came with the saw runs quieter than any other blade I have.
Rip Fence. The Biesemeyer is great. It is dead on accurate, locks like a
fortress, and slides like silk across the table. Including this in the saw
package was a major factor in my decision to buy Craftsman.
Outfeed table. The folding support table is a nice touch. It saves me from
having to use extension roller supports for some cuts.
Finish. The saw table is highly polished and is smooth as can be. With a
coat of wax, wood literally floats across it.
Things to Fix:
The table was not parallel to the blade. After a call to tech support, I
loosened the attachment screws and tapped it into alignment. The heeling
adjustment is something the factory should've done.
The printed angle scale on the miter gauge is off a degree on one side. If
you use the positive stops, that's not a problem, but if you are relying on
the printed number, it will leave you off one degree, but only on one side.
A lapse in quality control.
The cast iron "ears" for leveling the blade insert get in the way of
changing the blade. The four of them stick out and scrape your hand while
you work to screw off the nut and washer holding the blade on.
The serial number is unreadable on the model number decal.
Storing the miter gauge and fence in the bracket provided on the left side
of the saw cabinet ends up bumping into the rear outfeed table when it is
Some of the assembly instructions are wrong. So what else is new? One
Example: The rear fence rail is supposed to be fastened to the table with
nuts and bolts; instead, the saw table is drilled with threaded holes for