Reluctant to say cause some folks will strongly defend their tools, but then again, if I own a crappy tool, it is what it is. I own a Craftsman. Some of my problem is due to the fact that my chisel depth setting for the bit was not right as this thread has taught me. But my machine is still a crappy one. For instance, the depth gauge is terrible. It is lined up yo hit a raised portion of the base around the column and when the depth post makes contact, it's on the edge of the raised portion and slips off. I had to lay 2 flat corner braces on the lower part of the base to make the difference in height so it has no place to slip deeper. When I see the braces slip and pop up a bit, I know I'm at the bottom. Sorry Craftsman users, but this particular tool sucks!
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