craftsman 22114 table saw
There was some interest about this saw on another thread. And someone requested a review so here goes…
Yes, it’s a Craftsman. No, it’s not a boat anchor (it is heavy though). I’ve had this saw for 2 years now and I’ve been very impressed. For those on the fence about making the plunge away from that portable, but are afraid of the price… check out this saw. I’ve often seen it on sale for a little over $400 (got mine for a lot less) and once you make that first cut you’ll wonder how you got by without a non-portable. Set-up is fairly straight forward, but take the time to adjust it true (obviously). I got mine adjusted right on the first day (2 hours adjustment), and haven’t had to change anything since. Let’s see… flat table (read complaints about this though), super smooth and quiet motor, very sturdy (even large sheets of ply), adjustment wheels spin smooth, extended miter with stop, surprisingly good stock blade, dust collection (heard it’s good… I don’t have mine hooked up yet)… pretty much all the goodies. I intended on replacing the fence with a Beisy but after using the original, I really couldn’t see why. It has stayed completely true for 2 years, slides smooth, comes with it’s own stock block, measuring gauge is right on, and has slots all over it for attachments. For feather boards, sacrificial fence, etc… I use T-bolts… slide’em on and tighten (no more clamps). It’s so heavy and sturdy I attached an outfeed table right to the saw with 2 little legs on the back. I plan on doing a better job once I have some time, but for now it works great (looks a little crazy though… I’ll try to send some pictures… not too good with that).
Ok… bad things. It’s a Craftsman and has that name hanging on the front. The plastic door latch on the side didn’t work (made my own). As is discussed in the thread this started from… after the saw is turned off… about 3 seconds from a complete stop, on spool down… it starts ticking. My first thought was #$%$, bearings are bad. But after 2 years of running the saw, I don’t think it’s the bearings, could be a brake. Still not sure, but it runs smooth as can be while on… stumped. It took me a year to run 220v out to the garage. Should’ve done that a long time ago. The 110v setup on my old farmhouse wires would dim the lights in Moscow. It has a pretty big motor for 110v. I ran 220v straight from the box… hoorah, runs like a sewing machine.
Initially, rust on the table was a problem, more so than my other tools (Ohio garage… swing temps). I tried Mother’s, Boeing, and just about everything else. Then I came upon “Tri-Flow”. I think it has silicon and a million other things, but it seems fine (being a hobby woodworker). I haven’t noticed any ill affects on my finish (finished about 4 big projects using it).
Now I’m rambling. Basically it’s been an amazingly good saw for me. I just happened to walk by it and saw it on sale for $400. Called the wife to get permission (sweating) and she reminded me that we had $200 in gift cards. Sold American for $200. Buy of a lifetime.