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#1 posted 01-25-2021 12:26 AM

I have the 513×2 and am very happy with it. I have had no problems. And can resaw full height and make my own veneer if I chose too. Veneer cutting was a 10” tall piece of mesquite, and was only a couple of test cuts after I learned to set up the saw properly. More of a lets see if I can situation. I have made clean resaw cuts at full 12” several times now, but tend to be shorter. 6” to 9”.
I was looking at this saw just a month ago, commenting on another forum. And prices seem to have gone up on this saw just in the last month. No current sales running.
So a common topic about this version, X2, is the lack of a blade brake. It does take 45 seconds for the blade to come to a full stop. Typically not a problem for me. But I looked into the X2BF when I bought mine, and the price gap is about the same. $355 extra for a auto brake, and mag power switch. When I bought mine, it was around $1050. And pretty much at the top of my budget.
So I skipped on the BF. Looking at Grizzly now and doing a comparison of the 513.
Grizzly also offers a X2F version. So it has a Foot brake only, and Mag power switch @$1450. The brake on the X2BF is both auto and foot controlled. So the X2F would be an extra $155 over the X2.
Just a quick look at the 514X, It has the same resaw, and a couple extra inches of cut to the left.
Steel trunion vs the Cast iron on all the 513s. and 3hp motor, vs 2hp. A little bigger table.

A friend has a Laguna 18BX. Nice saw, and I have made a couple of cuts on it. But I have never looked at specs.
Matt, I am curious as to what is a slippery slope issue?

-- John

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