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Default Craftsman table saw

This is true. However the Craftsman declined started sometime in the late
70's to mid 80's. There are still a few shops equipped with the old cast
iron table saws and jointers they used to distribute. They work well and
are servicable. My table saw was one of the millions of cast iron
table/sheet metal extensions they made from about 1970 to fairly recently.
I guess I got by with it but it wasn't a jewel. I also forgot, in my
original post, that I have a 70's Craftsman skill-saw and router. The skil
saw is good stuff. The routher is a good machine but has depth issues.


"Will" wrote in message

"RonB" wrote in message
Wayne -
Initially I wasn't sure I opened to the right link. But as I read to the
bottom I got the message. I think the lesson learned is if you are going
to buy a JET tool, don't buy it from Sears. Buy it from a tool store
that handles JET and cares about future business - or at least someone
like Amazon who is fairly responsive. From experience I have had with
Craftsman/Sears over 30 + years, Sears used to provide pretty good
service but now that is suffering.

Seriously, it would be interesting for someone to post a question like
yours and request the age of the responder. I suspect you'll see a
negative Craftsman bias that starts with users in the 50+ age range.
From posts I see here it appears as though younger folks are pretty
pleased with Craftsman. Many of us who were loyal Craftsman groupies
back in the 1970's have sworn them off. Years ago if I needed a tool I
drove to Sears. I go anywhere but Sears now.

Don't form a negative bias on JET because of this guy. They make better
tools that Sears. I suspect Sears sells other brands now because the
Craftsman brand is slumping.

Ever since Kmart took them over they have been continuosly gong down the
Kmart filed chapter 11 and screwed their stock holders (ala Enron), then
reissued their stock and bought Sears and are managing Sears the same way.
Its only a matter of time untill Sears goes under too.

BTW - I owned one of the old Craftsman table saws for 25 years. It
worked ok. My Grizzly 1023 makes that old saw a distant, unpleasant
memory. My 25 year old Craftsman drill press is a good machine that
continues to provide faithful service. I do still use a 25 year old hand
jigsaw that is on its last leg - but it works. Most everything else in
my shop is of other brands now.


"Wayne" wrote in message
This is an amazing story. I own a Craftsman saw and was curious what
others thought of it. I pity this poor guy.