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Forum topic by Markmh1 posted 05-19-2018 02:32 PM 644 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-19-2018 02:32 PM

My son recently graduated with his masters degree. I would like to give him a Sawstop contractors saw with the T-glide fence. I own a PCS and like it, but the $3k for his is too much to swing, so I thought contractors saw.

I have read all I could find on this and it seems most reviews degenerate into too expensive, or a shill for Sawstop.

All fact based opinions are welcome. What is wrong with a Sawstop Contractors Saw???



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#1 posted 05-19-2018 03:11 PM

I wouldn’t necessarily call it “wrong”, but the biggest negatives IMHO are that the stock fence is pretty humble for a $1600 saw, it comes with steel wings, and the motor hangs out the back. The fence and wings can be upgraded at some point if he chooses. All in all, it’s a pretty cool gift idea though! Congrats on his achievement!

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#2 posted 05-19-2018 03:41 PM

I have had the contractor’s saw for about 3 years. good saw I do plan on upgrading to the t-glide fence some day. The stock fence is a good fence and cuts straight and square. I think it is a little light for the saw and will need replaced sometime. The saw other than my perception of the fence is well built and has done everything I want it to do. It would be a great gift.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#3 posted 05-19-2018 03:47 PM

Thanks, Scott.

Unless I’m mistaken, most contractors saws have motors that hang out.

Your description of “humble” for the stock fence is charitable.

It seems like Sawstop has the mentality of saving small amounts of money on every unit, like Detroit. To produce those chintzy stamped wings, they did have to make a forming die, and there is still expense involved in the wing production. I wonder what their savings is opposed to the cast iron wings, that they had to engineer and make anyway?
It sure gives ammunition to the people that crab about the price!

I am hoping that working with his hands will lend to keeping him humble.

Thanks again for your reply.


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#4 posted 05-19-2018 04:39 PM

I looked at them awhile back wasn’t impressed. There are better ways to spend $1600. And these days I would buy a hybrid over a contractor.

-- Rick M,

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#5 posted 05-19-2018 08:52 PM

I have used both the PCS and the contractor saw.

The contractor saw needs a better fence, but most saws need that so who cares. That is like complaining that the miter gauge is cheap, yep, throw those away and spend $70 on a good one.

I think that the quality, support, and safety of the SawStop is well worth the money. If he is going to use it, then he will be the baddest dude on most blocks. Woodworking with crappy tools is frustrating and the SS is not crappy, just not $3K.

Most guys without a dedicated space will appreciate the movability.

Congrats to him!

-- A severed foot is the ultimate stocking stuffer.

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#6 posted 05-20-2018 02:18 AM

Have had mine for over eight years and love it. I do have the cast wings and better fence but even without them it is great.
And I know for a FACT the safety feature WORKS.

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