Craftsman Miter Saw Review: Cordless Sliding Miter Saw

Since their re-launch back in 2018, Craftsman continues to introduce a great deal of tools into the market. Many of us have found their products quite impressive not only in terms of their great offers but also performance. With customer satisfaction being their ultimate goal, there is more to love about the features of their tools.

Designed for ultra-portability and ease of use, two of such solid versions of their tools include the CRAFTSMAN V20 7-1/4 inch Sliding Miter Saw and Craftsman 10” Compact sliding compound miter saw. Let’s take a closer look at these two with our craftsman miter saw review:

CRAFTSMAN V20 7-1/4 inch Sliding Miter Saw

Craftsman 7-1/4 inch Miter Saw

Specification

  • Model                    : CMCS714M1
  • Power Source       : Battery
  • Weight                   : 21.8 lbs
  • Bevel                      : Single
  • Miter Cut              : 47 deg. (both side)
  • Vertical Cut         : 3.5 Inch
  • Crosscut -90 deg: 8 Inch
  • Crosscut -45 deg : 5-1/2 Inch
  • Blade Spin            : 3800 RPM
  • Battery                   : 4.0 Ah
  • Arbor Size             : 0.625 Inch
  • Warranty               : 3 Years

Powered by one powerful engine, the Craftsman V20 sliding miter saw is designed for cutting and trimming of hardwoods, lumber and baseboard. The 3,800 RPM powered motor has a single bevel blade that allows for ease cutting of accurate 2x dimensional angles. This miter saw machine comes with a maximum weight of 21.8lbs and measures 12 by 23 Inc.

Expert Opinion

Stephen, a 20 -year –old carpenter from the United States, says this saw produces incredible results. Its portable, cuts smoothly, and safe to work with. Recommends many enthusiasts to buy it.

Powerful Motor

Like I said earlier, the saw runs on a very powerful motor making it easier to accurately cut through 2x hardwoods. This saw is also designed with an electric break that allows the 7-1/4 ​​in. saw blade to stop at once.

To switch on, you only require to press the power button easily positioned directly above the saw handle. The strategic location of this button is for prevention of accidental activation upon the battery installation. A switch trigger located below the handle allows of easier activation when handling the machine.

Portability

This unique miter saw perfectly suits many users. Since its weighs 31.3 pounds, the saw is easier to carry around when using it. Additionally, the saw is packed with side carry handles making it easier to move around. Unlike other full sized saws, the sliding v20 version allows you to cut more lumber with less energy. Heavy sized miter saws tend to wear out users thus low cutting capacity.

Additional Accessories

The saw comes with the following:

  1. A carbide tipped blade
  2. A dust bag,
  3.  A blade wrench,
  4.  CMCB104 V20 20V MAX* Lithium Ion Fast Charger,
  5. A material clamp.

Sliding Capability

The saw is also designed with a great sliding mechanism. The mechanism uses two rails for the sliding of the powerful motor. When cutting vertically, the saw features a 3.5 inch baseboard capacity and 3-5/8 nested crown. When set at 45 degrees, the blade allows for crosscuts of 5.5 inches.

In addition, the blade can also be used for cross cuts up to 8 inches at 90 degrees.  For safety precautions and easy of travelling, the mechanism comes with its own lock. The sliding capability works best for those who prefer a smooth rail system.

Sturdy Battery

The manufacturers integrate a CMCB204 V20 MAX* 4.0AH Lithium Ion Battery into the system. This battery is solid and has an impressive long life.  Miter saws usually consume a lot of power and this explain why the cordless systems are challenging to produce. This system can however manage more than 600 cuts once fully charged with its Lithium Ion Fast Charger thereby making it a convenient tool to use.

What makes this Saw Special?

The battery built into the machine works for a long time. It can last up to 2 hours without recharging and if you need to recharge, it can take an hour or less. It is best suited to work in places without power.

Pros

  • Its portable
  • Provides accurate results
  • It’s safe to work with
  • Battery is good

Cons

  • It’s a poor dust collection system
  • The machine comes with a single battery

2. The Craftsman 10" Compact Sliding Miter Saw

Craftsman 10 Inch Miter saw

Specification

  • Model               : SM2509RC
  • Power Source  : Electric
  • Weight              : 17.9 pounds
  • Bevel                 : Single
  • Miter Cut         : 50 deg. (both side)
  • Crosscut           : 12.5 Inch
  • Blade Spin       : 4800 RPM
  • Motor                : 15 AMP
  • Arbor Size        : 5/8 Inch
  • Warranty          : 1 Year

Here comes another advanced design of a miter Saw with a revolutionary and extraordinary cutting space. With its small footprint, the Saw is packed to offer both performance and ease of use. The saw is powered by a powerful motor that allows for both speed and torque on wood. Unlike other standard Saws, the Craftsman 10” uses less space enabling the user to work from any point whether on tight areas or even against cramped walls.

Expert Opinion

Evans from the United States says this saw is compact and quick. It can cuts through various materials and performs various tasks in the yard.

What makes this Saw Special?

With its incredible features such as a built-in retractable, and telescoping aluminum extension wings with an adjustable stop plate, users can make rapid repetitive cuts. These features also provides better support and efficiency.

Compact

I have made it a norm to test drive a number of miter saws every now and then whenever I get the opportunity. This has allowed me to have a taste of something different on most of my DIY projects.  From the experience, this Miter saw is not only powerful but also compact.

It’s designed in a way that the support rails are mounted forward in order to significantly lower the Saw’s footprint. As a result, the bench is a bit tighter as compared to standard saws. This explains why the footprint is 39% lesser than standard Saw designs.

Powerful

Despite its compactness, the saw has a powerful 15 Amp engine that runs at 4,800 rpm. Well, this allows users to trim various types of materials like soft and hardwoods. Having tested the power of this Saw on engineered lumber, I can tell with certainty the motor is quite impressive.  The Saw has favorably competed with other large sized saws despite of its size.

Adjustability

With bevel cuts of up to 45 degrees and miter cuts of up to 50 degrees, precise angled cuts can be made in the shortest possible time. This feature also allows users to adjust the five most common left and right angle stops.

Quick and Simple to Operate

This Miter Saw can be easily adjusted using a lock right next the front grip. It also has a grip positioned on its right side for easier holding. For users who are right handed, the Craftsman 10” Compact Sliding Miter Saw really comes in handy. The horizontal grip is so comfortable to making it easier to use at any position. However, this may not be good news for left handed users who prefer vertical located grips.

Versatility

The Saw can comfortable handle a wide range of woodworking including customized woods, tables, doors among many others. The saw is equally noiseless when working on woods unlike other traditional Saws. A unique feature in this saw also includes the sliding adjustment that makes it easy to re-measure on cuts.

Additional Accessories

Among the items included inside the package include:

  1. A dust bag
  2. TCT saw Blade
  3. Operators manual
  4. Hex. bar
  5. Holder
  6. Blade wrench

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Powerful motor running on 4,800 RPM
  • Durable
  • It has a laser trac.

Cons

  • Small and loosely attached dust bag
  • Poorly constructed

Final Thoughts

This Craftsman miter saw review gives you the best two saws on the market. They are unique options for users looking for excellent tools for cutting and trimming. With their incredible features and great sliding capacity, users are assured of value for every single cent spent on these saw.

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