This budget portable saw is a benchtop model, with no stand, but wheels and a telescoping handle make it easy to move around. It's equipped with a riving knife for better safety than many portable table saws, though the blade guard gets mixed reviews for convenience. Reviewers like the dust control (with a 2.5-inch port to connect to a shop vac). The standard miter gauge slot means you can fit the saw with aftermarket accessories, and you can also improve the saw's performance by replacing the blade with a better one. This Craftsman table saw is noisy, and while some adjustments can be made to improve accuracy, reviews report that some units are just defective and need to exchanged. If you can afford a quieter, more accurate portable saw, reviewers recommend the Bosch 4100 benchtop saw (*Est. $550) .
We found the best review of the Craftsman Pro 21828 table saw at Popular Woodworking, where it's put through objective tests in comparison with four more expensive benchtop saws. Testing is more limited in the single-product review at ProToolReviews.com, and the review at ToolboxHero.com is based on features without any testing at all. More than a dozen owners review and rate the Craftsman 21828 at Sears.com. The least credible review is at TableSawz.com, where safety features are discussed last.
1. Popular Woodworking
The Craftsman Pro 21828 is the noisiest and least accurate of five benchtop saws tested here. The blade could be adjusted parallel to the miter slot, but on this unit the two miter slots couldn't be brought into parallel with each other. Another drawback is that the blade guard and anti-kickback pawls have to be removed when the riving knife is adjusted or the blade changed. The saw is easy to move around, though, and it's the least expensive saw tested.
Review: Benchtop Table Saws, Glen D. Huey, Oct. 2009
This brief review of the Craftsman 21828 Professional Jobsite saw judges it "promising," based on some testing that shows that it's easy to move around, and that the new blade guard is easy to use. The weak point is the fence adjustment, judged "wobbly."
Review: Craftsman Professional 10-Inch Jobsite Saw, Everett Snyder, Jan. 29, 2010
This review by a remodeler recommends the Craftsman 21828 as a good buy based on its features and price. No testing is documented, but the review does highlight specific pros and cons. The author notes that this benchtop saw can fit on the well-regarded Bosch gravity-rise stand.
Review: Craftsman Professional 10 in. Jobsite Saw, Paul Sikkema, Jan. 4, 2009
More than a dozen owners review and rate the Craftsman Professional 21828 benchtop saw, giving it a reasonably high average rating, with 80 percent saying they'd recommend it to a friend. Problems with accuracy on some units are the main complaint; some owners also wish the saw could accommodate a 0.75-inch dado (the maximum dado for the 21828 is 0.5-inch). The more expensive Bosch 4100-09 portable table saw gets a higher average rating here.
Review: Craftsman Professional 15 amp 10'' Professional Jobsite Saw 21828, Contributors to Sears.com
This brief review highlights some pros and cons of the Craftsman Pro 21828, but doesn't document any testing or use. The main drawback noted is the lack of a stand, with the wheels and handle the main advantage.
Review: The Craftsman 21828 10 Inch Jobsite Table Saw, Editor of TableSawz.com, Jan. 19, 2010
The similar Craftsman Pro 218291 portable table saw, which comes with a rolling stand, earns criticism here for a design editors deem dangerous, but this is because of an extra outlet built into the 21891 -- but not into the Craftsman Pro 21828, which isn't included in the excellent comparison tests here.
Review: Portable Table Saws: We Test 11 to Find the Best, Roy Berendsohn, Feb. 2012