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Winter 2013-2014

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Big-Featured, Low-Priced Tablesaws

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Model 22124, $950
• 1-3/4-hp 120/240-volt motor. 30-in. rip capacity to the right of the blade.
• Cast-iron side tables and folding outfeed table.
• 4-in. miter gauge fence extension.
• Beisemeyer rip fence.

   

 




Craftsman started from the ground up when redesigning its 10-in. tablesaws. Sears' designers did their homework on these machines by listening to customers and addressing their tablesaw concerns. The three new models have some great features and sell at prices that won't break the bank. All three saws look like cabinet saws. In fact, their trunnion system more closely resembles the type found on a cabinet saw than on a con-tractor or hybrid saw. The trunnions, which hold the saw's arbor, are mounted to the cabinet instead of the bottom of the table. This makes the trunnion system more rigid and greatly simplifies blade-to-table alignment during setup and tune-ups. The new saws are all left-tilt machines. They have 4-in. dust collection hookups and built-in rip fence storage hooks. Mounting and removing the blade cover and splitter is tool-free and thus hassle-free. The blades that come with the saws are good-quality carbide-tipped blades that, unlike many tablesaws, don't need immediate replacement.

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