WIP: Shop Project #4: I drank the Kool-Aid

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Blog entry by mawilsonWCR posted 06-19-2021 07:42 AM 515 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Like most folks contemplating a new shop, I’ve spent a lot of time studying the tools that were to go into it. I thought I had settled in on the Grizzly G1023RLX. 3HP, 60” right of the blade, good reviews and reasonably priced. What’s not to like?

Well, it came time to pull the trigger and second thoughts cropped up, as they often do with large purchases. Do I really need 3HP? I used my late uncle’s shop for years and never had a problem with his ancient Craftsman 1.5HP (I think) contractor saw. With the recent price increase and the actual doorstep price (saw + mobile base + freight + liftgate) what options might be as good?

I had taken Saw Stop off the table. A Saw Stop with specs comparable to the G1023RLX was ~$1000 more. Yeah, I know. I’m all for hotdog protection, too. Well second thoughts put it back on the table. Did I want a 3HP saw? Yeah. Did I need a 3HP saw? Probably not. Could a 1.75HP SS fit in the budget? Maybe. Sure the price difference was still there, but what about downsizing? That makes it something of an apples and oranges thing. The SS was still going to be more.

Now I’m one of those fortunate guys. My wife is something of an enabler. She’s actually pushing to get the shop up. Considering how much it’s costing, that’s saying something. Well, there are those kitchen and great room projects… While discussing my second thoughts with her it became clear that she she would be happier if I came back in the house with the same number of fingers that I left with.

I drank the Kool-Aid. My new 52” 1.75HP Saw Stop PCS with mobile base is on the truck headed to my new shop. My wife’s peace of mind is worth the extra cost.

-- No trees were harmed while sending this message; however, a rather large number of electrons were terribly inconvenienced.

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#1 posted 06-19-2021 10:15 AM

Good on you. I would not buy a non safety enabled saw at this point. I do love my old powerful table saw, but If I were to buy new it would be Saw Stop.

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#2 posted 06-19-2021 10:33 AM

Wives have a way of influencing our decisions. I was in the emergency room after my tablesaw accident in 2012. I told my wife I wasn’t sure I could return to the shop. Knowing me well, she said, “You’ll go back…but NOT without the Sawstop!” We had discussed it. I was planning to get it. I procrastinated, etc., etc. From my perspective you made the right choice! Good luck and be safe!

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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