The Craftsman 10 Inch Table Saw (Review)

There is nothing like a table saw on a job site. The Craftsman 10 table saw is the perfect addition to any construction company, carpenter’s tool trailer, or just for the handyman who enjoys its portability.

I ran a construction company each summer for two decades. My partner and I were teachers working during the summer months to add a little cash to our paltry salaries. We had all the basic tools you’d need in ladders, hammers, hand saws, drills, and power saws, but after a few lucrative years. We purchased an earlier version of this Craftsman table saw. In retrospect, it was the best purchase we ever made on the job.

Features of the Craftsman 10 Inch Table Saw

Some claim a worm drive saw does everything a table saw can do, that’s partially true. If you add a 1×4 wooden guide, measure carefully and attach the 1×4 board with a couple of screw-down wood clamps, you can get reasonable good cuts. You’ll have to reset the guide for every single piece you need, but it will work.

The Fence

With any table saw it’s the motor, table, and fence that make all the difference. The Craftsman table saw comes with a steady, reliable quick-release fence as a standard feature. Simply lift the lever, move the fence to the setting you need and cut away.

The first improvement over the old worm drive and guide method is how often you can repeat the cutting process without resetting anything.

If you need a 4×8 sheet of A/C plywood cut into 14-inch wide, eight-foot-long strips for a soffit, just set the saw, and cut as many as you need. That won’t happen with a guide board, chalk line, or any other method using a worm drive or simple skill saw.

Powerful Motor

The Craftsman 10 inch comes with a power 15 amp, 120 volt AC motor that revs up quickly to an impressive 5000 rpm. It has the power to cut through thick material, and the high blade speed to smoothing cut finished wood, pressed wood, and plywood with ease using a fine-toothed finish blade.

The Blade

The 10-inch blade has a cutting depth of 3 1/8 inches at vertical. You never get the full half diameter of a saw blade due to the motor housing, mounting bracket, and table height above the spindle, but the 3 1/8 inch depth allows you to rip dimensional lumber up to 2×6, a hand feature on a job site when you really need a 1×6, but it’s a long way to town.

The blade adjusts from vertical (90 degrees) to a 45-degree angle. At 45 degrees, the saw can still cut 2 ¼ inches deep, more than enough for any flat 2×4, 2×6, or anything else in the two-inch height category.

The best motor and fence is useless without a quality table to work with. The Craftsman 10 inch table saw comes with a durable cast aluminum table. The table provides a 12-inch rip area on the right side and a 10-inch rip area on the left.

The 27 3/8 in by 21 7/8 inch table area is large enough to support most projects. If you’re ripping 16 foot long 2x12s it’s best to have a partner on the back side of the saw holding up the material it is cut. The next best thing is a rolling support table, or at minimum a sawhorse adjusted to the same height as the table.

Stand

A detachable, mobile stand had the hardworking contractor in mind. The steel frame folds easily but is strong, and will support the heaviest boards you can lay on the saw to cut.

At a total weight of 54 pounds, it’s easy to lift, easy to carry, and compact enough to fit in the bed of any pickup truck, or not take much space in the work trailer.

Discussing the Positives and Negatives

The saw is small, which can be both positive and negative. It is portable, but it only cuts to a depth of a little over three inches. The 15 amp motor is powerful, but is it strong enough to power through tough, wet boards without burning up the motor? No, it’s not. But then again, do you want to put a table saw costing thousands of dollars through a similar workout?

The table is great for the job site, but when I had a 10 inch saw in my shot, I build a table on both sides to extend the cutting deck to 48 inches. The length of the table doesn’t matter as much if you can place an adjustable set of rollers at the table height on the other side of the saw.

The opinion of many users is that this 54-pound workhorse is indispensable at the job site, and much better than having no table saw at all in a shop setting, but that it doesn’t quite deliver the ease of use that a heavy, cast iron 12” table saw can.

In my experience, there is no substitute for a Craftsman 10 Inch Table Saw. I built my first house as a general contractor in the summer of 1995. We had an older model Craftsman 10 inch saw from start to finish on the project. I used it constantly, and the only thing I had to repair was the blade. I went through three of them on that project.

We used it in framing, and in the final stages of the project with a fine-toothed blade cutting vinyl siding.

It was handy with cupboard trim and in ripping custom corner molding. Since then I’ve built three more homes from 2400 to 3800 square feet in size, and that old table saw has been with me each time.

I keep it in my shop and use it frequently on remote projects.

Pros

  • Portability
  • Light weight
  • Size
  • Power
  • Solid fence
  • Stable
  • Portable stand

Cons

  • Table size
  • Cutting depth
  • Cutting angled boards
  • Power

Using the Craftsman 10 Inch Table Saw on the Jobsite

A lot of carpenters swear by their chop saw. There is no argument that when finishing a home, trimming doors, cabinets, and vanities that a chop saw is indispensable. So is a table saw, and the Craftsman 10 Inch table saw has a proven record of success on job sites across the nation for decades.

Once the saw is set in place, the biggest problem is often disposing of the waste it generates as it rips or crosscuts away at a steady pace on the job.

It’s always a good idea to take a few extra blades, and a few that are specifically made for the products you’re cutting. A fine-toothed plywood blade makes a great cut, superior to that you can generate with a compound blade. But the plywood blade can’t handle a steady diet of crosscutting and ripping as the compound blade can.

Using the Craftsman 10 Inch Table Saw in Your Shop

The table saw is the centerpiece in most home shops. The versatility of the saw simply can’t be matched by any other tool. Buying a big saw with a 48-inch cutting depth and support tables that extend the cutting width to eight feet is a dream machine.

Do you have that much room in your workspace? The compact design of the Craftsman 10 Inch makes it perfect for weekend warrior projects in your garage. If you do have a shop with limited space, you can still get the precision, accuracy, and durability of a several hundred-pound stationary saw with this little gem.

Conclusion

With all things considered, you need this saw if you’re working remotely on a job site. There is no comparison with any other power tool other than a table saw. This Craftsman table saw is one of the best on the market.

With Craftsman’s reputation, longevity, and available repair service, you can’t lose if you purchase this saw.

James Thomas

James Thomas

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