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#1 posted 12-12-2018 06:04 PM

I have been using my Craftsman saw since 1968 (they built them a little better back then….more cast iron) and the only problem I have ever had was the bearings on the motor which were easily replaced. At first i did everything on it. cross cut, rip, molding head shaping, planing and including using it as a horizontal drill press. For the last 25 years it has just been a cross cut saw.
I would clean it well and check those bearings. Also there is an overload button on the motor that might be faulty.

Shortcomings I would cite is, underpowered, and if you make any temporary changes to the saws cutting angle you have to re-square it when you return for accurate 90 degree cross cuts.

-- Les B, Oregon

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