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Posted on Shopping for a table saw! It's fun but I'm ready to purchase- any last comments

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#1 posted 03-04-2014 10:14 AM

If you’re willing to spend the money for a PM2000 or Unisaw, I’d definitely grab the SawStop PCS for the benefit of the safety feature….it’s a fine saw in it’s own rite, with a distinct safety advantage. If you’re looking for the best bang for the buck and are willing to be your own middleman, I’d go with a Griz G1023R series or G0690….heck you could probably even get into their entry level slider with the top range of your budget. If you prefer dealer support, pay the premium for the Xacta, Laguna, or possibly Shop Fox….note that if you mail order these, you’re often still paying the premium for the support you don’t get, and have really gained little vs Grizzly who sells directly.

It’s hard to imagine any of these not being a dream saw compared to what you’ve got. Blade and setup are the key factors in their end performance. The odds are good that several of these saws actually come from the same Asian factory….only the Unisaw is supposedly made in the USA, but ironically is now owned by an Asian company (Cheng Type, LTD). If you’ve done the research, you’ve undoubtedly read several customer service complaints about Laguna….the high number of complaints is disproportionate to their market share, which raises some red flags with me….if defect rates are comparable, the highest number of complaints should go to the highest number of saws sold, which I’d guess to be Grizzly or SawStop these days. It really boils down to which one makes your heart beat faster….it’s your saw, buy the one you love. Good luck and please follow up with some pics of your new saw!

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