Crafts­man 21237, $250

WOOD - - GET TO KNOW THE 10" SLIDERS -­man High Points

▲ Ta­ble ex­ten­sions (with a stop on the right) pro­vide up to 183∕4" of work­piece sup­port on each side of the blade, long­est in the test.

▲It’s light­weight (39 pounds) and easy to carry.

▲The $250 price goes easy on your tool bud­get.

Low Points

▼It bogged down when cut­ting 2-by pres­sure-treated pine and dense or thick hard­woods. ▼Miter de­tents could not be cal­i­brated to spot-on ac­cu­racy, and it lacks a de­tent over­ride. The bevel stops proved eas­ier to cal­i­brate, but we had to do so sev­eral times dur­ing test­ing. It tilts only to the left.

▼Its short fences can’t sup­port crown mold­ing cut in the nested po­si­tion.

▼The blade guard catches on wide work­pieces, and the saw head demon­strated the most side-to­side de­flec­tion dur­ing cuts.

▼De­spite a large port, dust col­lec­tion was only fair.

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