The table saw is a must-have piece of equipment for both beginners and veterans in woodworking because of its multiple uses. This can also be used at several sites, such as in a home workshop or a construction site, due to its relatively light weight and portable design. But choosing the best one for your needs and wants can be tricky because of the dozens of choices.
For many woodworkers, carpenters, and cabinetmakers, the best table saw combines the benefits of durability, versatility, and functionality, especially in precision, as well as affordability. The Craftsman Evolv 15 Amp 10 In. Table Saw (28461) is an affordable table saw with plenty of features and functions – and we must say that it comes highly recommended.
Just as with all table saws, the Craftsman Evolv requires some assembly, although it only takes less than an hour, especially when instructions are followed. The saw, for example, must be attached to the table and its accessories also placed in their proper slots.
Die-cast aluminum table
The functionality of a table saw partly rests on the strength and stability of its table, particularly in minimizing the vibrations and keeping the material in place. The Craftsman Evolv’s saw rests on a strong and stable die-cast aluminum table measuring 26 x 17 x 36 inches, with a comfortable 36-inch height from its surface to the floor.
With these measurements, the maximum cut depth at 45 degrees is 2.5 inches and at 90 degrees is 3 inches. The range of table tilt then ranges from 0 to 45 degrees, while the table itself has a sheer design allowing for smooth and seamless cuts. Of course, the placement of the material itself is crucial in getting precise cuts every time.
There are three things that make the table itself part of the equipment’s appeal. First, it’s on a wheeled cart so it’s easier to move it from one area of the worksite to another; you can even place it on your pickup truck for transport. Second, it has storage areas for the accessories that come with the table saw, housekeeping at your worksite becomes easier.
Third, the table has extensions on both sides so there’s extra working space for extra-large materials. In many table saws, another table is necessary when working with larger materials that cannot be accommodated by the table’s size. There’s even an extendable support located on the back for your outfeed needs.
Relatively powerful 15-amp motor
The power capacity of the motor itself is obviously half of a table saw’s level of functionality. With a relatively powerful 15-amp motor, it’s among the most functional in the table saw market. There are more powerful motors but a 15-amp motor for a table saw in this category is standard, if not more than sufficient for most hobbyists’ needs.
The 15-amp motor runs at 5,000 revolutions per minute (rpm) so it runs faster than many of its competitors’ motors. At this rate, it can cut through thick wood (i.e., 3 inches or more) with relative ease and without stalling. There’s even a laser for accurate alignment, a must when working with wood, while the noise level isn’t too loud.
The rack and pinion height control allows for fast, safe and easy blade adjustments. The blade guard can also be used in lining up your cuts, mainly thanks to a thin rectangle in it. The blade also has a 24-inch rip capacity, a fairly unique feature that adds value to the table saw.
With miter gauge
The adjustable miter gauge is easy to use, as well as provides precise control for difficult areas like corners and bevels. Without it, the wood pieces will be less workable.
Several safety features
The Craftsman Evolv is among the safest table saws we have worked with! We must say, nonetheless, that your own safety skills and knowledge in using table saws still come into play here.
The large flip on/off switch is easily accessible so you can immediately start and stop operations, as needed. The blade guard adds to the safety in use aspect while the rip fence can easily be mounted for quick adjustments. There is also a push-stick table mount for maintaining a clutter-free worktop, and the push-button assembly for safe use of the anti-kickback pawl feature.
The Craftsman Evolv also comes as a complete package. Aside from the table and saw, there are also the miter gauge, push stick, riving knife, blade guard, and stand. The rip cord measures 6 feet in length.
- Powerful motor combined with a 10-inch carbide-tipped blade
- Excellent cutting performance for a table saw
- Large metal table with extensions
- Blade can be tilted
- Packed with safety features
- Table may not be large enough for industrial applications
- Mite gauge and bevel gauge indicator aren’t as accurate as expected
Who it is best for
This is suitable for both beginners and veterans in working with wood.
The Craftsman Evolv 15 Amp 10 In. Table Saw (28461) is a great bargain considering its affordable price and practical features. The fact that it can be easily transported between places and deliver an exceptional performance every time is just one of many reasons of its appeal.