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Blog entry by BlackIrishman posted 02-08-2017 11:46 PM 789 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Graduating from a dewalt 745 portable tablesaw to a big boy. Any advice for shopping?



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Mean_Dean

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#1 posted 02-08-2017 11:55 PM

I’ve been very pleased with my SawStop!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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LittleBlackDuck

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#2 posted 02-09-2017 07:22 AM


I ve been very pleased with my SawStop!

- Mean_Dean


I have a contractor saw (Carba-Tec brand [Australia]) and have loved it for the last 7 years. It has served my 10 fingers (at last count) well, however, I have my eye (actually both of them) on the SawStop. Those extra shekels (especially when you crap out new blade) is no compensation for the medical bills that can ensue after an accident (unless your relationship with the missus is that you are happy to have her fret over your potential workshop accidents.).

AND… if you don’t have THAT accident… be eternally grateful you didn’t begrudge the additional cost… that’s my $834 worth…

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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Kelster58

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#3 posted 02-09-2017 11:51 AM

I am very happy with my Grizzly table saw G1023RLWX. Has a great router table in the wing. $1600 including freight. I couldn’t justify the extra $2000 for the Saw Stop. We have a Saw Stop at our school. It wouldn’t work for several weeks. Saw Stop was helpful but it took a lot of trouble shooting to get the thing running again. In the end the electronics went bad. Made me glad I got a Grizzly.

-- K. Stone “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin

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LittleBlackDuck

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#4 posted 02-09-2017 02:53 PM


I am very happy with my Grizzly table saw G1023RLWX. ....
We have a Saw Stop at our school. It wouldn t work for several weeks. Saw Stop was helpful but it took a lot of trouble shooting to get the thing running again. In the end the electronics went bad.
Made me glad I got a Grizzly.

- Kelster58


Sorry Klster58 I refuse, through ignorance, comment on any established equipment, so the Grizzly can hibernate for the time… (though I may take a stab at your SawStop experience).

Consequently I shall try to change the subject.

For modern products, there is a thing called warranty (and support) and if you have not emphasised that… it adds to why suppliers baulk at honouring such contracts…. PRESSURE them. If it doesn’t work, as supplied… get it fixed… no compromise.

This forum should not be a saw-table fisty cuffs as I can never begrudge anyone saving a few shekels on tools…. However, when it comes to safety (and the associated costs… I incurred a potential $8,000 for a non-workshop relater finger (OK thumb) accident… thank Zeus for Medicare), I cannot understand how one can justify safety versus cost (if you are buying new… not a out of left field replacement).
If you can… buy good… if not a SawStop, one with a good splitter.
We all err on “cheapness” for tools… BODY PARTS ARE NOT CHEAP!

PS. Sorry guys.. I get emotional when people compare $$$$ to flesh… mine is expensive!
Take technology like SawStop out of the equation and I will talk rationally, look for safety add ons.
No… I have no affiliation with the product… but have many finger close calls to ratify my stance.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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pintodeluxe

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#5 posted 02-09-2017 05:25 PM

I have had Craftsman, Hitachi, Jet, and now use a Sawstop PCS. No complaints.

At least get one with an enclosed cabinet with good dust collection.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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DDWW

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#6 posted 02-09-2017 06:43 PM

I’ve been building out my hobby shop and building projects in-between to justify the purchases to my wife. She know loves having a full shop and saying ‘hey can we build this”.

I went with a used mid 80’s Unisaw 3hp.
Like all tools It takes sometime to find one on Craigslist that isn’t priced insanely. I have seen them for 250 up to 1400 I paid 650 delivered last year. The only things that sucks is dust collection.

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Craftsman on the lake

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#7 posted 02-10-2017 12:38 AM

I’ve got a Delta contractors saw from the 80’s. It’s been good and still runs great but….

When it goes someday, among all the great saws out there, I can’t see getting anything else but a sawstop. My nephew has one and it’s a precision machine. If anyone is a young person with a lifetime of putting your fingers near a rotating blade with hooked teeth I don’t see anything else that’s a rational choice. More expensive yes. But will a cut hand down the road be a regret? Hundreds of table saw accidents every year. Just a matter of time.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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LittleBlackDuck

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#8 posted 02-10-2017 12:59 AM



... I can t see getting anything else but a sawstop. ....

- Craftsman on the lake

Crafty lake dweller, you hit the nail on the head.

.....
At least get one with an enclosed cabinet …..

- pintodeluxe


If it’s not a SawStop… at least you’ll know where to look for that/those missing fingers…

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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DalyArcher

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#9 posted 02-10-2017 05:59 AM

I had a delta contractor saw for years. Just graduated myself to a “big boy”. I wound up getting a used (9 years old) General 350 5hp.

The new saw I looked at were powermatic ($4500), Delta ($5000), Laguna ($3000) and CWI ($2400). Buying new at that top end of those i looked at would be a stretch, I got a screaming deal on my General an am super happy. I will take the savings and buy a set of JessEm stock guides.

I dont want to hijack your thread and turn it into another sawstop debate. I never considered a sawstop for many reasons, cost not being the number one factor.

Whatever you get, set a budget, get a quality blade or three and some food safety accessories (riving knife, splitter, featherboards, etc)

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