REVIEW – Craftsman Table Saw (10″)
It may seem that I am neglecting my site here. I am not so much doing that on purpose… family life as it turns out is quite busy. (who knew LOL )
I recently purchased a 10″ Craftsman Table Saw from Sears. So far so good….
TOOLS – Craftsman Table Saw (10″)
CRAFTSMAN®/MD Limited Edition 10” Table Saw with Stand:
Sold at Sears stores and online at sears.ca
Item # 097 827 835 10
brand you know you can depend on and trust.Only at Sears!
- Riving knife system designed to keep wood tight against the fence after the cut is made.
- 15-amp, 3-HP ball-bearing motor produces 5000 rpm no-load speed
- 10″ carbide-tipped blade; laser for accuracy; Self-aligning rip fence with quick release
- Mitre gauge with 45° adjustment left and right
- 2 handwheels for independent height and bevel control; Dust collection system
- Rear outfeed supports for longer pieces and a large work surface
- 37½ W x 23 D x 39″ H overall dimensions; 26 W x 19½” D diecast aluminum table plus a 24″ left and right extension; quick-release base
- 2-year warranty
Picking this saw up with our xTerra was no problem. It fit quite nicely in the back of the SUV, I lifted it in with small effort.
Upon getting this baby home I promptly set to opening the box. I was greeted by a block of Styrofoam, as these things often go. I had a giggle at the fact the instruction manual had been taped to the top of the box, not to be missed! As we often “miss” these things, I believe that was probably a good idea.
After pulling apart the hordes of foam and plastic bags and things, I sorted the parts. More than to just get an inventory of what was there… but to gauge the scope of this assembly
project, which seemed a bigger job at the time than it actually turned out to be.
Once a quick inventory was taken, assembly begins. The instructions need to be taken with a grain of salt. I mean it’s easy enough for me to figure out what to do, but if you were not
so mechanically inclined, the directions are rather iffy. It began with the leg assembly. I won’t go through all the steps, because that’d just be silly. But, I’d say it took about 45
min – 1 hour to properly align, level, and tighten this little stand up.
The Table Saw was a snap, literally. There is hardware provided to bolt the saw to the stand, but I chose to clip it on. Easy separation of these two components equal easy storage in my case.
Once the two components were married… The ceremony was wonderful :'( …all the table bits get put on.
- Side table extensions
- rear table extension
- riving knife, anti-kick back, blade guard, laser pointer
- some other bits and pieces
All in all this saw took about an hour and a half for me to assemble.
But that wasn’t all… expect to spend some time here to align and calibrate EVERYTHING. There is a lot of adjusting this, and tweaking that before the saw is actually usable. But,
if you just like to wing it, you can probably skip this part.
Review: (7 out of 10)
I like this saw. It works well for my use. It’s not a professional unit by any stretch, but it cuts wood in a relatively straight line. I got my dog house built (more on that later).
- the dust collection bag seems to work.
- Most of the debris from cutting went in the bag.
- The saw was easy to operate.
- Blade adjusted nice for mitres and wood thickness
- take a 4×8 sheet nicely
- Plastic – almost everything is plastic – cased for much misalignment when cutting
- the mitre gauge sits loose and you have to be careful to cut straight
- when using the side extensions with the rip fence, care must be taken to cut straight because the guide tubes can move.
- sometimes when cutting a 4×8 sheet the saw will unbalance and tip forward
- the laser dies after about an hour or 2 of work, not that it’s accurate anyhow
I am happy with the purchase. I got this for $50 off, price was right. It worked well for my job. I will use it for many many projects in the future.
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-Richard Galambos, C.E.T.