Help. I understand the minimal basics of Table Saws. I don't have room for a cabinet saw. A benchtop probably won't fulfill my needs. Space and portability are concerns. I have looked at a Craftsman 21830 "Professional" Table Saw at a local dealer of Craftsman Tools. Anyone familiar with this tool, please advise. I observed, at the store, the fence appears to lack accuracy, but make the the assumption (and have read a little about them, too) that most Table Saws require "tuning" during setup, and that with a square and the proper measurement tools, this machine should perform the basics just fine.
Here are the problems: (1) No one in the store was able to advise me definitively as to which Craftsman accessories will work with this machine. Their 2004-2005 Tool Catalog isn't specific. I called several
Craftsman numbers, got routed to a lot of people, yet no one at all I talked to (and it was a LOT of different people) was able to give me a clear answer as to what will work and what doesn't. I realize the table top is small, at 24" x 21", but I have outfeed support stands. Table has a standard 3/4" x 3/8" slot, rips to 24.5"
Table top is aluminum. This machine folds and stores folded, moves on attached wheels.
That is a BIG plus to me: the storage and portability aspect of this machine.
(2) Can the Rip Fence be improved or replaced with a more accurate version?
(3) Is there an improved Craftsman Miter Gauge versus the one that comes with it? (4) Or can you use an aftermarket and more accurate Miter Gauge? If so, suggestions
please. (5) Any advice on Hold Down Clamps or Hold Down Attachments available? Either Craftsman or aftermarket?
(6) What jigs can be used with this machine?
Again, O.E.M. or aftermarket. (7) The Craftsman Universal Jig #00903236000 (Mfr.# 3236) states: "Not for use with aluminum top table saws". Can someone please explain why? (I couldn't even find anyone at Craftsman to answer that question, either. Makes me wonder what's going on with these folks!) Does an aluminim table top prevent the use of various jigs?
(8) Anyone owning one of these saws willing to give me advice as to upgrades, limitations, positves and negatives about what they have encountered with their saw will find a one very appreciative novice. And, lastly, anyone with personal knowledge of workable aftermarket improvements in the way of accessories for this saw that can give advice will also greatly be very appreciated. Thanks to any and all willing to respond to this / these lengthy question(s). What I learn will help me determine whether this is the best choice for me. Regards, Gordon
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