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Craftsman  15 amp 12'' Compound Miter Saw with Laser Trac and Twist Handle 21205

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Product Overview:
Fence Type: Sliding
Item Weight (lbs.): 64.5 lbs.
Package Contents: Blade, Clamp(s), Dust Bag
Type: Compound miter
Motor-Engine:
Amps: 15.0
Motor Brake: Yes
RPM: 0-4000
General Features:
Compound Miter: Yes
Miter Index: 0-47 deg. left/right
Cutting Tool:
Cut Depth At 45 Degrees: 2 x 6 in.
Cut Depth At 90 Degrees: 4 x 4 in.

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15-Amp 12" Compound Miter Saw a Cut Above

The Craftsman 15-amp 12"compound miter saw with Laser Trac makes it easy for you to lock it in and get it right the first time, without wasting time or materials. Thanks to the Laser Trac guiding system, you can preview your cut before the carbon-tipped blade begins shaving through materials up to nearly eight inches wide. Clearly marked numbers on the fence and base let you easily see what you're doing, while presets are available for the most common angles.

The 15-amp 12"compound miter saw can do miter, bevel, cross or compound cuts with ease, letting you get that trim, moulding or framing work done in no time. It's built with safety measures, included a blade brake and trigger and spindle locks. The three-position handle lets you adjust for your comfort so you work smooth, from start to finish.

  • The Craftsman 15-amp 12"compound miter saw with Laser Trac combines power and finesse to let you make the fine, accurate cuts you need
  • 15-amp motor is capable of reaching 4,000 RPM
  • The carbide-tipped blade will cut materials up to 7-7/8 in. wide
  • Blade brake
  • Miter index is up to 47 degrees left or right
  • Five positive miter stops are set up on both sides for the most-used cuts
  • The saw has cut depths of 4 x 4 in. at 90 degrees and 2 x 6 at 45
  • Sliding fence
  • Table extension arms
  • Movable ergonomic handle
  • Spindle and trigger locks
  • A dust bag attaches to the 2-1/2 in. port to keep the work space tidy
  • The saw also comes with a blade, stop block, crown moulding stop, clamps and guide
  • Aluminum base
  • Weighs 64.5 lbs.
  • Assembly required
  • One-year general warranty

Added on May 13, 2010

 

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21 Reviewers (51.0%) would recommend this to a friend.
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cjh14615
Nov 30 , 2008
Great saw, could be better out of the box
I just bought this saw on Black Friday, for a great price. I ran into a couple "problems" that other reviewers expressed, but I was able to resolve them with little effort. The blade was not perfectly square to the fence or the table right out of the box. I was able to square the blade to the table with ease (13mm wrench, just like the instructions said), but there is no way the hex key provided will produce enough torque to loosen the bolts holding the entire mounting bracket assembly to the base to square the blade to the fence. An extra length of pipe took care of that. Once I fired it up, it cut through 2x4's like butter, and with my shop vac hooked up to the 2.5" dust port, barely a spec of sawdust landed on the workbench. Awesome! I did experience the "failure" of the electric brake after a few cuts, like a previous reviewer did, and discovered that the blade was actually loose! Stupid of me really, not to check the blade installation before cutting. It could have come flying off. After tightening (left handed thread), it stayed tight and has made another 10 or so cuts flawlessly. Luckily, the alignment stayed square after tightening. The laser worked perfectly. It was bright, straight, and on the mark, cutting the line exactly. I also found that the blade didn't quite clear the throat plate, but seeing as how the plate's made of plastic... it cleared it after the first cut! :) All in all, an excellent saw... as long as you take the time (and have the tools) to set it up properly. It would be nice if the end user didn't have to do those things, but at least now I am much more familar with my saw.
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ron1362
Jun 19 , 2007
Poor Quality
I purchased this saw recently and the first time I attempted to use it, the blade was not aligned with the fence. After spending about 1/2 hour adjusting the fence and squaring the blade, I started cutting again. The brake was not working at all. The first couple of cuts, it took the brake almost 5 seconds to stop the blade. It got progressively worse and after about 4 more cuts, the blade was completely loose. After tightening it, I cut about 4 more pieces and the same thing happened. After 2 more tightenings, I decided to take the saw back and get a different one (same model). When I got the 'new' saw home, I checked for alignment and squareness, neither of which I could attain. It was so bad that I could not get the blade to fit inside of the throat plate. I could not get the fence or the blade to adjust more than 1/16". I took this one back also. I ended up purchasing a different brand. Now, it could have been a bad batch of saws, I don't know. I do know with the new (different brand; starts with a de), the blade and fence were perfectly aligned out of the box.
 

mfelly1

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Palatine, IL

Apr 14 , 2013
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Big problems for such a big price

This saw has some major flaws. I purchased this saw last year to do some trim work in my house. At the end of that first job which I consider to be light duty...cutting 2 1/4 inch pine casing for 5 doors, the motor break promptly stopped working. So winter passes and I decide its time for phase 2 of my trim replacement project. Dust it off, plug it in...after my first cut, the blade comes loose from the fence and the lasertrac cracks. I have gotten approx 2 hours of use and already have to troubleshoot and get it repaired.....Super.


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Cormoul

Vancouver, WA

Apr 27 , 2012
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Craftsman Compound Miter Saw 21205 Best saw for the price

Pros: Plenty of power, multiple position handle will work for everyone's grip comfort, laser aligned perfect where left side of blade cuts. Cons: Clamp has screws that need a screwdriver thumb screws will work better.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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bass2loud

Columbus, Georgia

Mar 21 , 2012
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craftsman miter saw w laser trac and twisted is very handy

I like this saw it very handy. its so helpful with all the extra added on to it and mess free.The twisted helps make cuts .the laser trac hels with straight cuts .the dust bag keeps from clean ups. the slide arms help with long boards i need cut.all around this is the best miter saw ive bought so far .

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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davemier49

Kawkawlin, MI

Dec 8 , 2011
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craftsman compound miter saw 12" 21205

bought for a home improvement project. made about 150 miter cuts on 5-1/2 " cedar boards the first day. worked very well. was very easy to adjust between angles. plenty of power. very good saw for the money. The laser guide is off by about 1/8" I just used it to line up on side of mark. I'm sure I could adjust if i took the time to read the instructions :) 

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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bill82720

Hulett, WY

Aug 3 , 2011
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12" compound miter saw 21205 cuts fast and accurate

The saw was easy to set up and get to the job of cutting.It cut fast and accurate.

I was able to save a lot of time and do a better job then is I had had to use a hand held circular saw.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Doogy

Medina, NY

Apr 2 , 2011
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Great miter saw!

Just got this miter saw and I couldn't be happier. It can handle the biggest jobs without a problem. The 12" blade cuts like a knife through butter. I would recommend this saw for use by any home owner. The laser tracking is a huge plus too!


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woodworkerplus

Owego, NY

Nov 13 , 2010
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Craftsman 12" Comound Miter Saw

The problem I have with the saw is that it does not cut all the way through a board, it leaves about 1/6 to 1/8 or material uncut. I returned this to sears under the warranty, they sent it to their repair facility and the answer when it came back was "there is no adjustment for this problem", so I guess I will return it again while it is still under warranty. Other than this problem, I like the saw.


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CraftyGuy5

New York, NY

Nov 1 , 2010
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Accurate cuts on large molding.

Miter aw was packaged great. Unpacked it and put it to some use ASAP. The saw cut great out of the box. No adjustment needed. The laser is not trickey like some other reviews stated. Not sure if they are new to saws & woodworking? But its pretty simple?! I hooked up my shopvac to the dust port (instead of the sawdust bag).


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LagaDaga

Charlestown, NH

Aug 17 , 2010
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Drive motor bearing failure

I bought this saw about two years ago. I used it for molding in one small room with good results. I put it away and just recently moved into a new house and put it back in use. I completed one room using the saw to trim 3/4" Oak flooring, cross-cut 1/2" shiplap pine boards, and do the miter cuts on the molding. I worked only on weekends, and the main bearing on the output shaft of the motor failed after three months.

I don't think that is an acceptable service life for a sealed bearing. I am looking for a replacement bearing to get the saw back in service. Unlike the other reviews, I was able to get square cuts and liked the performance of the saw. Unfortunately the warranty period is too short unless you use the saw continuously when you first purchase it.


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ShoelessJohnny

Boise, ID

Apr 9 , 2010
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Keep Shopping Around

I bought this saw at Christmas time and while this saw looks great on paper, in practice it's less than stellar.  There were reviews about how this saw was not square with the fence and it sounded like use error (or improper setup). I have the same complaint, but let me explain.  The fence is not straight/true across the width of the saw (in other words the fence is bowed).  You can set up one side of the fence so it's square to the blade or you can set the other side of the fence so it's square to the blade, but both sides can't be square to the blade at the same time (unless your work piece is always longer than the fence).  The fence adjustment bolts are positioned in such a way that the bow cannot be removed from the fence as part of the setup. 

From the center of the fence to either end there is about 3/32" of bow and that translates to the blade being out by close to a full 1 degree.  It doesn't sound like much, but if you want a tight miter or if you are trying to make a square cut across something that is close to a full blades width, it's very clear that the tool is messed up.  You can work around this defect by making every cut twice (the first cut to get your work piece small enough so that it doesn't span past the center of the fence and then a second, accurate, cut finish cut).  A flat fence should be a given on a tool in this price range.  Keep shopping around.  I wished I would have.

EDIT:  Ended up returning this saw.  The bowed fence was just too much of an issue.  I leveraged the 1 year warranty and purchased what I hope will be a better built saw (small upgrade to a sliding compound miter).  The unfortunate kicker, I purchased it in my local Sears store and when I looked online it was $50 less as there was an exclusive online sale (buy online and save $50).  Now I have to get that fixed considering the online order and a store order (not in stock) will arrive in store on the same day...  Lesson learned, check online before buying in store. 

 


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