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#1 posted 01-16-2011 04:08 AM

WE don’t know if any tablesaw makers will take up this new technology offer and we don’t know how much it will cost as an add-on item for existing tablesaws. But the prices of SAWSTOP would be a good reference and that’s, if the add-on kit is not competitive, it will not survive. If I were to pay $1500 for the improvement to my tablesaw as someone suggested, I wouldn`t consider it because a new SAWSTOP would just cost me $2500 or so (and that`s a much better saw than the one I have). As far as I know, in addition to SAWSTOP and Whirlwind, there`s a third finger-saving technology in the development phase. There`s no denying that at certain point future tablesaws will be equipped with some kind of such technology (just like ABS and SCS (stability system, or even all-wheel (in the case of all Volvo cars)). My hope is more and more such technologies will be developed so consumers will benefit from the competition. Hey, SAWSTOP (contractor) may be retailed for just $2,000 or less in a few years down the road if Delta, Rigid, etc. offer their versions of `SAWSTOP.`

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