I guess I'm with Nick on this one. You can change the plates quite easily. The newer craftsmen models are quite good. Much better than there old models they used to sell. There are aftermarket plates you can purchase that accept the PC style guides. So, you're not limited in what you can use.
Do some searching here in the forums, you can make your own base plate. I do believe that Bj has posted numerous thread about this subject. Someone should make it a "sticky".
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