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Posted on Scroll Saw comments please: Craftsman 20" 137-216200 & Harbour Freight 16" 93012-5VGA

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#1 posted 09-05-2009 02:58 PM

The hitachi I reviewed awhile back looks like the craftsman you have pictured above. In fact I think it’s only made for hitachi now. Even though the body looks like it, there are some differences like the controls, blade storage and interestingly the blade tightening knob at the back of the top arm is missing. The one I bought is $179 new at Lowes when it’s not on sale. If you were considering the used craftsman, I’d purchase the similar saw new for $30 more with what looks like updates and a warranty.

I also took a look at your link for someone who owns the craftsman and the complaints do seem trivial. The hitachi also has changes from this guys article. i.e. the table doesn’t rust for me, the insert is level and the blade insertion/clamping mechanism seems to be different in mine.
Good luck with your decision. Whatever you do, let us know the results.

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