Building the Shop #30: SawStop - Why'd I wait so long!!!!

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Blog entry by Lance posted 04-12-2013 04:44 AM 5003 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 29: Dewalt DW735 Planer / Festool Domino XL Part 30 of Building the Shop series Part 31: Miter Station / Ducting / Air Filtration / A/C & LIGHTS »

Over the last couple month’s I’ve been planning and preparing for the build of my bedroom set and living room side tables. The first thing I new I needed/wanted to help me with these upcoming projects was the Festool Domino. Once that came in from Amazon and I got a chance to play with it I knew I had drank the “Green” Cool-Aid!!! lol, I started thinking,.....I going with Festool, time to start upgrading tools. I really wanted the Kapex down the road, so I put my 10” Dewalt Miter Saw on CL now thinking I’d get more money now instead of 2 years from now. I sold it within 24 hrs and bought the Festool PS300 Jigsaw so I could break down stock until I get the Kapex.

Well, that’s the short story how I got my Domino and PS300 in my shop over the last month, this next addition I have NO CLUE why I needed a new saw other than my Ridgid R4512 was under powered & I wanted to build a torsion box assembly table. If I built one that would double as a out-feed table to my Ridgid I’d have had to build another one once I got the SawStop down the road – 4” shorter. To solve this, I said, why not buy it now…. that way I can build the assembly table I wanted that could double as an out-feed table.

I’m getting the Overarm Dust Collection through SawStop’s Mail-in-Rebate their marketing these last 2 months.

Sold my R4512 at 8 a.m. this morning, bought my PCS at 4 p.m. and got to listen to it purr around 9 p.m.

-- Lance, Hook'em HORNS! ""V""

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#1 posted 04-12-2013 05:20 AM

beautiful saw, i hope you enjoy it!
thats my next tool also. the kapax is pretty expensive too.but i’ve been leaning towards that one also.

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#2 posted 04-12-2013 07:39 AM

Lance…. Nice going. I see we think the same when it comes to buying tools. You have made some great up grades to your shop. Seems our better half are the same in supporting us and our sickness of great tools for making projects for the house. I have been thinking of this saw of the Laguna. Did you get the 3 HP?

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#3 posted 04-12-2013 09:48 AM

I know it is wrong…But I am sooo Jealous. Ok, now you are running out of excuses you are going to have to start turning out the goods. :) Very cool.. You need to give us a follow up later on what you think about the Sawstop. Thanks for sharing.

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#4 posted 04-12-2013 12:18 PM

when i first read the title of the blog quickly, i though it said “Build a Sawstop” lol

-- Joel

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#5 posted 04-12-2013 12:43 PM

That’s better than gettin a new truck

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#6 posted 04-12-2013 01:06 PM

@Ken90712 – Haven’t talked to you in a while, yeah, I got the 3HP w/ mobile base and thought long and hard between the 36” and 52” – final I went with the 36” only because I’m hooked and addicted to Festool now, and will be adding the TS-55 REQ once it comes out. The overarm dust collection should be here within 4-6 weeks due to the mail-in-rebate, FREE, I like FREE STUFF!!! I too was debating between the PCS or the Laguna. Ken, don’t think twice about it, go with SawStop!! Your medical bill alone could pay for 2 of the saws, that was my thinking, plus my scratch golf game probably wouldn’t be scratch anymore if I lost my thumb!

As for a review over the assembly; WOW, spectacular, I mean attention to detail, solid piece of machinery, you wouldn’t believe some of the features it has when calibrating the table or blade. Out of the box, it was 2 thousands off from front to back on the blade, the fence was 1 thousands off, I just left it alone, that’s good enough for me.

I highly recommend the PCS and I’ve only made 4 plywood cuts, however I did come from the R4512 underpowered contract saw so of course I’d recommend it!

I’ve got some awesome furniture projects coming up, that will take me into 2014, stay tuned!!

-- Lance, Hook'em HORNS! ""V""

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#7 posted 04-12-2013 02:21 PM

The Sawstop table saws are very nice machines. I wish I had one. As you mentioned, the quality of the machine is top notch and the built in mobile base is a great feature.

-- Julian

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#8 posted 04-12-2013 04:26 PM

Thats great, I will have to take that into consideration… Being I fix Aircraft all night and I would hate to mess up my golf game as well I should just get it….I think Ill have to make a trip out there for a golf game or you two just come to Southern California plenty of room here. Glad all is well. It has been to long since we chatted. Were is our new bedroom Mr? LOL

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#9 posted 04-13-2013 12:21 AM

You are going to LOVE that SawStop! I have had mine for a little over 2 years now and it is an amazing performer. I have never tripped the brake and hope I never do but As an Aircraft Mechanic I depend on my hands and ALL of my fingers to make my living. The additional safety aspect of this saw is why I bought it but the thing has been a pure joy to have in my shop. Keep up the sawdust creation! – enjoy

-- So Much Wood - So Little Time! --

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#10 posted 04-13-2013 01:54 AM

congrats on the new saw.
i’d considered the sawstop before i purchased my r4512.the wife told me to get it,but i couldn’t spend the money.i’m a tightwad most of the time.i wish i’d bought it but maybe someday.
they seem like really well built saws.enjoy.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#11 posted 04-13-2013 03:55 AM

Great saw, enjoy it!
I hope to get my shop rebuilt and rewired to power such a beauty in the future

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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