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I posted this in another thread, but wanted to start a new one, as I went slightly off topic in the thread I responded to. I thought that some people would be interested

This is the Bench Dog Table Ext 40-103 table saw router extension with the Craftsman 21833 table saw. Below are pictures of the two units connected.

http://i929.photobucket.com/albums/ad133/fr8trainer/Craftsman%2021833%20w%20Bench%20Dog%20Table%20Ext/DSC02462.jpg

http://i929.photobucket.com/albums/ad133/fr8trainer/Craftsman%2021833%20w%20Bench%20Dog%20Table%20Ext/DSC02457.jpg

Bottom line is this:

1) Some (like myself) were concerned that the motor housing unit of the saw would interfere with the router. This was, however, not a concern. There are no clearance issues with the motor housing of this table saw interfering with the router. I have a Porter Cable 895 2 1/4 HP hooked up and as you can see, there is plenty of room.
http://i929.photobucket.com/albums/ad133/fr8trainer/Craftsman%2021833%20w%20Bench%20Dog%20Table%20Ext/DSC02459.jpg

2) The middle bolt connecting the two tables (as seen in picture) is a pain in the arse to tighten, because the motor housing unit is in the way…. I have a crescent wrench that fit in there so I could tighten it, but it took some patience. A flex wrench will most likely work as well.
http://i929.photobucket.com/albums/ad133/fr8trainer/Craftsman%2021833%20w%20Bench%20Dog%20Table%20Ext/DSC02460.jpg

3) The table didn't quite lay flush with my table saw. I am not sure if other 21833's will be different, but I raised the table as high as it would go before tightening the bolts….. it is possible that it may go a little higher, because I have only girls in the house…. maybe I can make a little more flush, but this is a minor deal to me.

http://i929.photobucket.com/albums/ad133/fr8trainer/Craftsman%2021833%20w%20Bench%20Dog%20Table%20Ext/DSC02461.jpg

Bottom line…. this was money well spent on both accounts (table saw and extension). I love the the above table adjustment that I have with the extension, and I love the portability of it all.

One other thing that others may be interested in….. the rebate for the digital gauge is quite nice…. Craftsman sent it out with easy directions on how to hook it up to this saw….. if you need help regarding this, I may be able to assist.

Hope this helps!

FR8
 

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The blade was the first thing to go. I bought a couple of Freud blades. Anyone who cuts with this "stock" blade is taking their lives into their own hands.

Cuts are great… especially for me. Before this saw, I was using an old Ryobi portable contractor saw. The amount of work I did with that Ryobi, though, was incredible. I worked that saw hard and it is still working like the day I bought it (gave it to my little brother). Of course, there is no comparison between the two saws.

I had big plans to take on a major Entertainment Console project, but Uncle Sam is a-calling again. I will be heading to the sandbox again for a year. I will be asking for advice on how to best store this away to avoid surface rust…. any advice anyone has would be greatly appreciated.

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