The Craftsman looks like its on casters.The Hitachi is plastic, aluminum, small, lightweight, loud, less reliable, less precise, unfeasible to repair, has little upgrade potential, but it is portable if that's what you need..... or, the other is cast iron, steel, has a large operating area, is stable, quiet, easy to repair, standard size, has more torque, and has excellent upgrade potential down the road.
Read the links that have been posted multiple times. ...they could help you understand the differences, and make the best choice.
The 3.5hp isn't a realistic or usable rating (well maybe if struck by lightning...). It's a "theoretical max developed hp" rating milliseconds before the motor goes up in smoke. Basically marketing lies. As explained in the TS links, any motor that's truly more than 2hp will need to run on 220v, or would require an unusually heavy duty 110v circuit. The 1.5hp induction motor will have more usable power. The fence is the weak link on Cman, but can be upgraded.The craftsmen is. 1.5 hp and the hitachi is a 3.5 hp
did it come with the splitter/blade guard? very important safety item as there aren't, to the best of my knowledge, any aftermarket riving knives that are applicable to that saw. also, the fence on the saw in RD's posting, while not a t2 or a vega 40, is exactly like the OEM fence on my ridgid ts2412. a fence like that is every bit as good as either of the aforementioned aftermarket fences and will provide years of trouble free service is properly aligned.Yes I has I just bought it, the fence locks into place very well and doesn't move, which is good I talked him down to 140 not too bad.. It does slide a little rough but I am sure a little wd-40 may go a long way???