This benchtop saw is well equipped right out of the box. Included are a number of accessories, a 10 blade and an unassembled 4-leg stand. Its got sufficient power for handymen, building contractors, DIY woodworking projects, and a broad range of remodeling tasks.
This model #21807 Craftsman saw stacks up well against benchtop models in offered by tool companies like Ryobi, Delta, Jet, and Powermatic. No big surprise there; you get what you pays for. In this case, Sears Craftsman recommends $249.99.
Things I Didnt Like about this Tool
Lets start with what I found as shortcomings with this equipment. First, the assembly documentation left a lot to be desired, especially with respect to putting the stand together. There were a lot of similar components that could have worked in different ways.
That, plus the parts were referenced differently on the exploded view and the detail views. I realize that many things are outsourced to China and India, but please, can we not do it with technical documentation?
Another thing I take issue with is that it has the older-style narrower miter slot rather than the now industry-standard 3/4 inch slot. This will limit choices in after-market accessories.
Things I Like on the Craftsman Saw
Laser Trac™. This is Craftsmans version of a guide laser and its a feature that many power tool manufacturers are including for precision woodworking.
Heavy-duty saw table stand. Most benchtop saws offer generic stands at an additional price; this keeps the sales price at the home improvement or hardware store low and competitive.
Of course the price for this one is built into the price, but I like that its engineered for this model.
Table locking levers. The levers are situated on the corners of the table and serve to clamp the saw body down. Optional bolts are supplied as well, and are recommended as an added safety measure.
Plastic wheels. There are 2 wheels located on the lower side of the stand. This is a huge plus for me since my shop is a 2-car attached garage. In a minimalist home wood shop Im always moving tools around. Even my workbench has casters.
Anti-kick-back pawls and a riving knife system. This set up is engineered to eleminate kick backs and to raise and lower the saw blade.
The riving knife is is engineered to keep the same gap between the saw blade and the knife regardless of the blades elevation.
Table rear wing and side extensions. These built-in features are some of my favorites. Its much handier than using after-market table saw extensions or auxiliary rollers. It only takes a second to set up to rip a full sheet of plywood.
A dust collection bag. Its situated right under the body of the saw and lowers air-borne dust by an estimated 80% when compared to my old saw. Which is now for sale.
On-board storage. Im very challenged with misplacing things when I'm deep into a woodworking project so I really appreciate the storage slots for the rip fence and push stick.
I've only used #21807 a few times so far (building a bookshelf for my cluttered home office), but I give it a 9 out of 10 for the quality construction and accessories engineered specifically for this tool.