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Craftsman 10" Table Saw (OR35504)
(13 Epinions reviews)
Epinions Product Rating:
A Great Product For Your Money!
Dec 29, 2001
Review by Thomas Fallon
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros:Affordable, warranty, durable, ease of use
Cons:No chip shoot bag, lightweight, small cutting surface
The Bottom Line: This saw is affordable with a good warranty. The saw does its job which is to cut wood, and it does it well.
If you are not careful with this saw, you could a body part. If you do not know what you are doing, do not buy this product. This is not for a beginner. Highly recommend you learn how to use one of these before you purchase one. The best time of the year to purchase a saw like this is at the end of the year. Sears will typically sell these items at discounted prices, due to them bringing in newer models. You can pay anywhere between $200 to $500. A great warranty comes with these items too!
Recommend this product?
There is some assembly to this when it comes time to setup at your house or business. You will need to assemble to base. I have found that the base is not too sturdy. If you are creative, you can build your own base or even purchase a more sturdy base. To run this saw, you need a 120-volt outlet. A steel blade comes standard with this saw, but you would be better off with a carbide blade. Carbide lasts longer and will not burn out as fast as the steel. However, you will be able to cut through most wood with the steel blade. A rip fence comes with this saw. A push stick is helpful to avoid losing any fingers or other body parts. You can easily make one with a small 1x3 board, or purchase at a lumber store. It has a decent size table to cut wood on, but not large pieces of wood. It is difficult to cut large piece of plywood without the use of an extension table. Again, you can either buy an additional extension table or build your own.
When you cut wood with this saw, you want to position yourself in front of the saw. Do not stand behind the rip fence, as you may injure yourself. Moreover, it would not be good if you lost your balance and slipped on the blade while it is in motion. Even with the rip fence, the wood chips fly back and can seriously injure you. You should ALWAYS USE SAFETY GLASSES/GOGGLES when using this saw. With the wood flying out at high speeds and the wood chips coming out, you could injure your eyes. I highly recommend HEARING PROTECTION, as this saw is very loud and could injure your eardrums.
This saw comes standard with two hand wheels to adjust the height of the blade and the angle of the blade. The hand wheel is very easy to turn and has different degrees for different angles to choose from. The negative part of the saw is that it does not have a vacuum to suck in the wood chips that are cut from the wood. You could always purchase a specific shop vac that could be useful in this purpose. Sears is good with their technical knowledge on power tools. They can recommend a good system for this, as well as a ventilation system.
Sears offers a service maintenance plan; I do not recommend this plan unless you are going to use the saw all the time. If you are an occasional craftsperson, you will pay a lot for the service plan and will not need it. Repairs on the saw are minimal, easy, and affordable. There are typically no repairs that need to be made to the saw because it is not a complex saw. Don't throw away your hand circular saw just because you bought this saw because you'll need it to cut larger pieces of wood in order to cut on the table saw.
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