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Charlie H.

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#1 posted 08-05-2018 10:10 PM

Sometimes spending comparatively big money on one thing when the “needs” are many is a tough pill to swallow.
Everything is a trade off and there’s no singular correct answer.
I was once a young person in a very similar position, having started out with a very well worn low end tablesaw that was a complete pain to use.
When I upgraded the saw I chose (the then new to the market) a good quality hybrid tablesaw. It has served me well for a long time and the difference between using it vs the first saw I had is literally night vs day.
I have no regrets about the fork I chose.
Having said all that if I was giving advice to my son (or anyone else I love) about buying a new tablesaw my recommendation starts and stops with the SawStop.
For a hobbyist woodworker the single negative to the SawStop is the price, but for that price you get a machine that is equal to the very best of all other consumer / hobby grade tablesaws and you get the safety feature that is not available on any other tablesaw.

-- Regards, Charlie in Rowlett, TX --------I talk to myself, because sometimes I need expert advice.---------

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