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#1 posted 08-21-2017 04:59 PM

I assume by add-on that he means all the upgrades you can select in the various steps of the build your saw.

Step 1 (for instance ), he can get the base contractor saw starting at $1,599 (already over his limit once you add delivery and taxes I believe)

Step 2 is where you select the fence…. he can get the 30” standard for no extra money, but the 36” or 52” adds $200 or $300 respectively.

Step 3 is mobility. If you are fine without the mobile base there is no additional fee here, but if you want either mobile base it adds either $160 or $199 depending on which you chose.

Step 4 is the dust collection, cast iron wings, sliding crosscut table or dust port adapter. All are options that obviously cost more.

Step 5 is add on like blades, zero clearance insert and extra brakes. Again, none are required at the time of purchase.

So you could get the $1,599 contractor saw on stand and only have to pay whatever shipping and taxes are required. If you want to add some things to it, however, that same saw with add-on can easily get up to $2,500 or so.

- TaySC

I actually mentioned those things. Those are add ons that you pretty much would have to buy for any saw. There is nothing in the base model that makes it inferior if you don’t buy the extras.

Any other saw, you decide from 30-50 inch fence, mobile base (third party), etc.

Actually, most don’t even have an option for an overhead dust collection and the standard dust collection on most tablesaws are not that good. My main point was that there was nothing in the add-ons that you need to buy to make it an equal or better saw to match up with the other top brands.

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