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Craftsman  12'' Compound Miter Saw (21217)

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Specifications & Dimensions

Product Overview:
Fence Type: Sliding
General Warranty: 1 year
Item Weight (lbs.): 46.0 lbs.
Package Contents: Blade, Extension Rails, Clamp(s), Dust Bag
Type: Straight cut
Blade:
Blade Diameter (In): 12 in.
Motor-Engine:
Amps: 15.0
RPM: 4200
General Features:
Compound Miter: Yes
Miter Index: 0-45 deg. left/right
Rev. Blade Clamp: Yes
Cutting Tool:
Blade Bevel Range: 0-45 deg.

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12" Compound Miter Saw Makes Tricky Work Easy

The Craftsman 12" compound miter saw gives you laser precision you need to make clean and accurate cuts at angles up to 45 degrees in either direction. And if that's not enough, it lets you work fast, changing the table or saw head quickly to create cuts in different directions. You'll finish framing or trim work in no time, and with perfectly flush corners and joints.

With a motor that can reach up to 4,200 rpm, the 12" compound miter saw has the power it needs to create the precision in compound, bevel or miter cuts. The blade is big enough to handle lumber up to 2 x 8" and boards up to 4 x 4", with extension rails and a sliding fence that make bigger pieces easier to handle.

  • The Craftsman 12" compound miter saw
  • The 15-amp motor operates at 120 volts and 60 Hz to reach no-load speeds of 4,200 RPM
  • Laser Trac shines a beam on the material that lets you check for accuracy before you cut
  • The 12 in. blade is large enough to cut lumber up to 2 x 8" and boards up to 4 x 4" boards
  • The saw has 45-degree miter and bevel indices
  • The saw is built with positive miter and bevel stops at the most common angles
  • Pull-out rails adjust to larger pieces
  • Sliding fence on the left side
  • The molded handle is easy to grip when using the saw or carrying it
  • The aluminum base is die cast, making it durable yet lightweight for mobility in the shop or to the job site
  • A stop block lets you set up repetitive cuts
  • The saw also comes with clamps and a dust bag
  • Assembly required
  • One-year warranty

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Added on April 15, 2010

 

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31 Reviews Write a review
20 Reviewers (65.0%) would recommend this to a friend.
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Geno42
Feb 12 , 2009
12" Saw
I had purchased a 10" saw on Black Friday and used it for the first time 1st week of Feb. I found the laser was off 1/8" on about 10"'s. Since the laser was not Adj. I returned it for a 12" saw. When I got it home the laser was off by about 3/8of an Inch. I don't know if the laser is suppose to be adjustable or not as there are no instructions in the manual. Not wanting to return again I was able to adjust it to my satisfaction in about 45 minutes. Every other aspect of the saw was right on the money. It would be nice if Instructions to adjust laser were included in the Manual. Even though I got it close I probably will still eyeball the blade with my mark
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Anonymous
May 7 , 2009
Disappointed
Do not buy this saw if you plan on using it outside or if you plan on cutting boards longer than 12 feet. I am very disappointed with this saw for the following reasons: 1. I used the saw to build my deck, however when it was nice and bright outside, it was almost impossible to see the laser, making it very difficult to cut accurately with the laser. This made each cut take more time to line up. What is the point of having the laser on a saw like this if you can only use it in your basement? 2. I used the clamp to hold the 2" X 6" decking boards down and eventually pulled the round aluminum clamp mount out of the saw. I see they have corrected this problem on their newer 12" saws with changing the location of the clamp to a different location to keep this from happening. The saw cut well hundreds of times on my deck and has a good motor. However the laser problem and the clamping bracket problem were very significant. If Sears would fix the ultra weak laser and the weak clamping mount problems, they would have a very nice saw.
 

Mikkle

Anaheim, CA

Dec 15 , 2012
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Powerful and accurate...

...at least for the few times that I've used it. I bought it with one specific project in mind and that project was a success so I can say that this was a good purchase. Out of the box I would strongly recommend that you check the settings for the accuracy of the blade, the 90 and the 45. The instructions in the manual were very helpful. Once adjusted, the cuts were very precise and clean, especially in the 4x4 stock. The included blade is very good, but I did invest in more material-specific blades. For the price, provided it gives me a few good years of use, I would recommend this saw.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Dawayne55

Visalia, CA

Nov 6 , 2011
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Craftsman 12" miter saw

I bought this saw 2 weeks ago for around the house prodjects.  Nice cutting job glad I bought it.  Don't bother connecting to sawdust bag.  I've been cutting wood for the past two weeks and the bad is still empty.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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GuitarCollector

Salt Lake City, UT

Oct 21 , 2011
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Great saw for the price.

I bought this 12" miter saw to replace my old 10" saw.  I was looking for something that would allow me to easily cut and miter some 5" crown mouldings.  This saw was way more than what I was expecting.  It has a built in laser to allow you to quickly see where you are cutting.  It also is a compound miter saw allowing you to quicly change either the table or the saw head to different cutting angles.  It is solid and has a nice large cutting area.  The handle grip is comfortable and allows easy access to the power and safety switch that must be pushed to allow the saw to work.  The laser also has its own power switch on the top of the handle.  It comes with a 12" saw blade.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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bhillis1647

Homewood, IL

Dec 16 , 2010
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It works hard for the money

This miter saw is my first miter saw purchase. I wanted a good product with a 12" blade that would be simple to use, and would last for a long time. So I purchased this one. I redid my deck using this saw cutting 4x4's, balusters, and 2x4's all in one chop. All of the boards were cut straight, and the saw worked well. The Laser trac system was not the reason that I bought this saw, it was just an add on. I don't get the best of luck with it, if I wanted to, I could adjust it to be spot on perfect, but I mostly make a sacrificial fence, and I line up my boards with that. If I had more money, I would by the Pro model with sliding ability, but for my first, this will do.


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Antman22

Rochester, NY

Mar 9 , 2010
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Craftsman 12 in. Miter Saw with Laser Trac System

Great saw for the money!!! laser needs to be recalibrated...but overall, a great saw

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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davidfichtner

Milan, MI

Feb 21 , 2010
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Great saw, all the bells and whistles.


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DrunkenMinstrel

Houston, TX

Jan 5 , 2010
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Too much lateral arm movement in this saw

The arm on the saw will deflect laterally 3/32 of an inch with minimal effort (single finger pressure) and 5/32 of an inch with modest effort.  This is after tightening everything that can be tightened and adjusting everything that can be adjusted.  This lateral drift not only takes the saw out of the set angle, but will also cause a curved cut.  To achieve an almost square cut, I adjust the fence so the saw is slightly out of square to the left.  Then, while executing the chopping motion, I pull the saw to the right.

Any saw boasting a laser should allow the laser to be precisely aligned to the blade.  Otherwise, the laser is just a gimmick and the only way to achieve precision is to drop the blade on the line.  The manual contains no instructions for adjusting the laser - only warnings about staying away from the laser.  Adjustment screws do exist if you remove the laser assembly cover.  However, the adjustments are very crude and it takes considerable ingenuity to line the laser to the blade.

If you are interested in making precise cuts for fine woodworking, stained moldings or picture frames, this saw is inadequate.  If you are doing decking, painted moldings (where you can fill the gaps with putty) or frames, the saw may be acceptable.

I will be looking for a miter saw with a much more rigid arm.


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HorsePower

Henderson, KY

Nov 25 , 2009
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Disappointed

 

As a very big fan of Craftsman tools I only looked one place to purchase my miter saw.  The saw is very sturdy and strong.  Good motor.  I am an engineer who designs electric motors for a living. I understand alignment, machine tolerances, etc. . .

I have been fighting this saw for over a year now trying to get it to cut a 90 degree angle. I have given up on it now.  It is so poorly machined that the fence will not adjust any further to get a 90 deg angle.  I will look at another manufacture, with higher quality control, when I purchase another saw.  

I wish that someone had wrote the review that I am writing before I purchased mine. If this saw had been inspected at my plant, and it got thru quality control, someone would no longer have a job.


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Anonymous

Waukee, IA

May 7 , 2009
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Disappointed

Do not buy this saw if you plan on using it outside or if you plan on cutting boards longer than 12 feet. I am very disappointed with this saw for the following reasons: 1. I used the saw to build my deck, however when it was nice and bright outside, it was almost impossible to see the laser, making it very difficult to cut accurately with the laser. This made each cut take more time to line up. What is the point of having the laser on a saw like this if you can only use it in your basement? 2. I used the clamp to hold the 2" X 6" decking boards down and eventually pulled the round aluminum clamp mount out of the saw. I see they have corrected this problem on their newer 12" saws with changing the location of the clamp to a different location to keep this from happening. The saw cut well hundreds of times on my deck and has a good motor. However the laser problem and the clamping bracket problem were very significant. If Sears would fix the ultra weak laser and the weak clamping mount problems, they would have a very nice saw.


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Anonymous

Waukee, IA

May 7 , 2009
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Disappointed

Do not buy this saw if you plan on using it outside or if you plan on cutting boards longer than 12 feet. I am very disappointed with this saw for the following reasons: 1. I used the saw to build my deck, however when it was nice and bright outside, it was almost impossible to see the laser, making it very difficult to cut accurately with the laser. This made each cut take more time to line up. What is the point of having the laser on a saw like this if you can only use it in your basement? 2. I used the clamp to hold the 2" X 6" decking boards down and eventually pulled the round aluminum clamp mount out of the saw. I see they have corrected this problem on their newer 12" saws with changing the location of the clamp to a different location to keep this from happening. The saw cut well hundreds of times on my deck and has a good motor. However the laser problem and the clamping bracket problem were very significant. If Sears would fix the ultra weak laser and the weak clamping mount problems, they would have a very nice saw.


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