Craftsman Table Saw Buying Guide
The Craftsman Table Saw Extension has always been regarded as an important accessory for various models of this ubiquitous workshop tool. In reality, however, the extension is not just an accessory, but an integral part of the table saw itself. This is especially true for serious woodworkers, whose daily grind is not limited to working with short or narrow pieces of wood.
The table saw is the go-to-tool of woodworkers. This tool is probably the most-used of all power tools. The problem with many if not all table saws are that they are designed to handle only wood of moderate size. However, as we have experienced in the past when testing different table saws; professional woodworkers eed to cut long or wide pieces of wood most of the time, especially when doing massive projects.
In this next section, we will look at what you need to know and consider when looking at buying a Craftsman table saw. If you have never bought a table saw before then you may not be used to some of the terminology used, or not know what type the different specifications are. So at Wonkee Donkee, we create helpful buying guides to help you choose the best product for you.
If you want to know more about the different types of table saws available on the market then you should read our best table saw review.
Functional Extension Is The Name Of The Game
This is where an extension comes in handy. Extensions vary depending on the brand or type of table saw. Some are made from cast iron while others are wood. Nevertheless, the material of the extension usually comes secondary. The more important consideration is the size or dimensions of the extension. Ideally, the extension must be large enough to make working with long or wide pieces of wood easier and safer, but not too large as to turn the table saw into a bulky tool.
Hence, it is important that the extension comes from the same company that made the table saw. This is important not only for compatibility but also for convenience. Some people prefer to make their own table saw extensions. In a perfect world, this would be a practical solution to the perennial problem of table saws – the lack of working area. However, this is not the case in the real world. In some cases, a custom-made extension would not fit perfectly to the table saw. This increases the possibility of uneven cuts, among a host of other problems including the operator’s safety.
Buying a Craftsman Table Saw
Buying a Craftsman table saw motor can be tricky. But at the same time, it is important that you find the best in the bunch for you to be able to use your Craftsman table saw motor well. In this regard, let me share with you some tips that we have put together at Wonkee Donkee to help you with your research.
First of all, as with any power tool you are thinking of buying we highly recommend reading customer reviews. Both the user and expert reviews will be of great help here because you will get a full picture of what the tool can do from experts and then what it’s like to use on a daily basis from users. They will give you complementing perspectives—technical and practical, and there are typically a lot of reviews that you can find online.
Buying A Craftsman Table Saw Online
One common reason why woodworkers and enthusiasts buy online is that the latter is more convenient. At Wonkee Donkee, we do this ourselves. When we buy power tools online, we do not have to go out of my way to visit the speciality store near our location. Hence, we are spared the extra time and effort as well as getting more competitive prices from different retailers. All you have to do is go on a laptop or phone, connect to the internet and search for the online stores which sell a table saw motor from the Craftsman brand.
Buying online also gives you a wide variety of options to choose from. Thus, it will definitely not be a problem to find the particular table saw fence that you need.
As we previously mentioned, comparing prices is also much easier online. With just a click of the mouse, you can see the various prices of a table saw motor from Craftsman. This means you can easily spot the online shops which will give you the best value for your money. Small savings on power tools may seem small at the time but the savings do really add up.
The Craftsman Brand
The Craftsman brand has been around for some time and it has become one of the leaders in the woodworking industry. It has been proven through time that the Craftsman products on the market are of high-quality. That is still coupled with great services. Hence, you will certainly not go wrong with this brand. So if you are into woodworking, this is certainly the best option to go for.
Buy An Original Craftsman Table Saw
Last but certainly not least, at Wonkee Donkee we would again like to emphasize that it is a must to buy an original motor. Otherwise, your table saw motor may not work as well as it should. Although the non-original parts are offered at a cheaper price, they will not last as long as the original ones. Hence, you will still end up buying new parts every once in a while; thereby costing you more in the process. So in the end, it is still wiser and more cost-efficient to buy the original Craftsman table saw motor.
Buying a Craftsman Table Saw
The first thing that came into my mind when I first saw a Craftsman Portable Table Saw was whether the significantly smaller tool packs the same features that its non-portable counterparts boast of. After all, it is no secret that the bigger-is-better rule generally applies to table saws.
Portability Is The Trend
On the other hand, I also thought that the slender frame of the 10-inch portable saw was perfect for doing on-site jobs or projects. Gone are the days when the typical table saw with its bulky body was confined in the woodwork shop of the contractor. Today, clients prefer to have contractors do jobs on-site. This is partly to ensure the quality of the finished products and partly to eliminate the problem of transporting heavy and bulky projects such as doors and cabinets.
Craftsman Portable Table Saw: Stripped Down Yet Solid
The main problem with most portable versions of traditionally stationary tools is that a whole lot of their functionality is sacrificed for portability. Surprisingly, this is not the case with the Craftsman. Indeed, the power, accuracy, and safety that the traditional version of this tool is known to remain intact. With its 15 amp motor providing the push, this machine has all the attributes that make it deserving of the “power tool” tag.
Lightweight And Versatile
At less than 130 pounds, this mobile table saw can be easily moved and transported whenever necessary. Setting it down can be easily done with its built-in stand. Another feature of this portable tool that we could not help but notice is its versatility. This tool can rip and cut one minute, and transform into a router or mitre table the next.
Craftsman Portable Table Saw Is Without Peers
This table saw is the closest thing to having the perfect power tool for cutting or routing. At Wonkee Donkee, we have had the privilege of using a lot of tools and we can honestly say that this table saw is easily one of the best. If not the best, in its class. Despite its strengths, however, the Craftsman portable is not without a chink in its otherwise solid armour.
Its flaw, if it can qualify as such, is in having a single switch for both its normal and routing function. In connection with this, the saw functionality has the tendency to bypass the power switch when it the cord is connected directly to an independent power cord and not to the power outlet on the tool’s body.
This is just a simple design oversight. However, it is covered by the user manual that goes with the machine. Hence, a prudent woodworker or handyman would have no problem taking the proper precaution. If Craftsman’s manufacturer can correct this flaw in subsequent versions of this otherwise feature-packed tool, there is no doubt that it would be the go-to-tool for every contractor.
Nevertheless, this table saw should not be pulled down by such a minor and manageable flaw. In the end, I can honestly say that this Craftsman Portable Table Saw model is an essential tool that every serious woodworker should have.