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CaptainKlutz

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#1 posted 03-10-2019 01:16 AM

It all depends on which tool you bought and how you want to use it.

Especially with regards to power tools. Example – Craftsman sold many different saws.

Many are inexpensive, small, light weight, and not very accurate; but perfect for cutting 2×4 or 2×6 for home/deck construction. The same saw stinks when you try to machine with 1/16 or better accuracy when making furniture. It is not that you can’t use it for furniture, it is the frustration and fiddling with adjustments that make it a PIA and earn the POS label.

Many of the high end saws sold by Craftsman were very nice. The line of contractor table saw and radial arm saws made by Emerson up until about 2000, were really great tools. They have a few fence/switch idiosyncrasies, but like your experience – they can be used for long time with great success. I used both a Craftsman and Ridgid made by Emersion contractor saw for over 20 years combined. They were both great contractor saws. The primary reason ‘furniture making’ folks call them POS, is that wood working equipment folks (Delta, Powermatic, etc) sold similar non-USA produced saw with biesemeyer style fence that was more repeatable and accurate.

Sears also sold a couple of 1.5-3hp hybrid cabinet saws in the last 20 years that are decent tools. These might be called a POS compared to USA made Powermatic from 60’s, or latest Sawstop; but they work really well.

In summary:
You can only believe half of what you read on internet. Deciding which half is true is the hard part.

Cheers!

-- I'm an engineer not a woodworker, but I can randomly find useful tools and furniture inside a pile of lumber!


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