SawStop Contractor Model Purchase from Cradle to Shop #4: Really Placing My Order

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Blog entry by CharlieD posted 05-30-2008 11:21 PM 4408 reads 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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After a 2 year wait today I placed an order for the Sawstop Contractor table saw. I called Woodcraft in Houston and placed the order over the phone. For those of you who wondered about the cost…... it is a little high….... but everything is relative. It cost a lot to sew fingers back on.

First I have to say that I was somewhat distribured by the shipping charge. The charge is $375.00. I can’t image that it costs that much to ship and I assume that Sawstop is making some profit here. If that is the case I had rather see the cost in the table saw price as opposed to hiding it in a high shipping charge. Regardless, it is what it is. Here we go.

Base Contractor Saw $1449
T-Glide Fensce 330
Shipping charge 375
Moble Base 160
Cast iron wings 189
Extra Brake cartridge 69
Extra Dado brake cartridge 89
Out-feed Table 99
Total (w/o tax) $2810

Delivery time to the store est 3 weeks.

-- Charlie - Texas

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Tony Z

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#1 posted 05-30-2008 11:31 PM

Wow. That’s alot for a contractor saw. How much is the cabinet version?

-- Tony, Ohio

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#2 posted 05-30-2008 11:37 PM

that is a lot. i guess it all adds up though when you look at the cost for replacing fingers, if they even can be replaced. and the peace of mind that it gives you. thanks for the post and i look forward to seeing the actual saw when you get it.

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#3 posted 05-30-2008 11:40 PM

Tony, I haven’t priced the cabinet verison but I’m guessing it’s about a grand more.

-- Charlie - Texas

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#4 posted 05-30-2008 11:50 PM

I’m a little confused by one item on your list. The extra brake cartridge. Don’t you only have to replace the brake if it engages the blade? I would think that the likelihood that you would need it would be almost zero, and even if you did, it would be worth the wait of a couple days, just in case you never end up needing it at all (Saving $70).

The only reason I ask is that I had been thinking about this for a while, and I am surprised by all the add ons. I’m just wondering how many of these are necessary because they are brand specific requirements vs. how many you jsut wanted to have. I hope you really enjoy the product. It is still a little out of my reach, but I’m saving.

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#5 posted 05-31-2008 02:00 AM

I paid less than 1/2 that for my 51” Unisaw including shipping. Too much for me.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#6 posted 05-31-2008 02:11 AM

Yikes! I think you are approaching the sum of all the stationary tools in my shop. Hmm lets see.

3hp Jet 51” cabinet saw ~ 1400
1hp Jet 14” band saw with riser ~ 700
1hp Jet 6” jointer ~ 600
Craftsman RAS Free :)

Total $2700

-- Scott - Chico California

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#7 posted 05-31-2008 02:19 AM

Take the fear you get from the sticker shock and apply it every time you’re about to turn on in power tool and take the money and buy a cabinet saw. Just an opinion Thanks for the post.

-- Kip Northern Illinois ( If you don't know where your goin any road will take you there) George Harrison

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#8 posted 05-31-2008 02:35 AM

I say congrats! The 3hp cabinet version will run you around 4k with the bells and whistles.

Enjoy! It is a great tool.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#9 posted 05-31-2008 02:56 AM

Congrats! You’ve done a very smart thing.
I have the cabinet version. I’ll be interested in a detailed review once you have it up and running. I’m sure others will too.


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#10 posted 05-31-2008 04:04 AM

Maybe I answered my own question. Apparently, if you hit metal, it will lock. Be prepared though. The sound of the brake engaging might give you quite a scare.

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Scott Bryan

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#11 posted 05-31-2008 04:05 AM

The last time I checked at Woodcraft the price for a cabinet saw (3HP) was as follows:

10” Cabinet Saw 3 HP $2799 5 HP upgrade $300 7.5 HP upgrade $600


36” T-Glide Fence and rails $329
Extension Table for 36” rails $ 79
52” T-Glide fence and rails $369
Extension table for 52” rails $99
Brake cartridge for 10” blade $69
Brake cartridge for 8” dado set $89
Zero clearance insert $29

Shipping $450
Additional for drop ship $170
Sales Tax $???

For a 3 hp model this comes to about 3887 with only a 52” fence and extension table- or about 4K as Giz says.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#12 posted 05-31-2008 04:42 AM

Just looked at both the cabinet version and contractors version at woodcraft today. They had the contrators saw with the 52” rails and tables for around $1700. I dont remeber what the cabinet saw was priced at. Extra brake cartiges run around $60. I am looking at one very seriously in the hopefully near future. My wife is insistant that my next saw be a saw stop. (she is an ER nurse) I will not argue. Congrats on the purchase and enjoy.

-- Pyromedic602, free wood is always good wood

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#13 posted 05-31-2008 05:58 AM

The shipping charges are generally based on weight and size/garth of the box/crate and the type of equipment needed to load and unload. I doubt that Sawstop is making money on the shipping end. But I’ve been accused of being naive.

Congrats on the saw. I always have felt you need to buy what you are comfortable with and buy the best you can afford.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#14 posted 05-31-2008 10:44 PM

Congrats on the new purchase! I hope to purchase the cabinet version in the next couple years. I have heard that the SawStop can save its worth in insurance costs in five years. That alone is worth paying extra to me.


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#15 posted 06-01-2008 06:10 AM

Congrats on the purchase. The extra money pays for piece of mind. Be sure to show us the final installation!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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