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Forum topic by jamsomito posted 01-29-2019 02:22 PM 1167 views 0 times favorited 17 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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jamsomito

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01-29-2019 02:22 PM

Saw an ad from Rockler trying to drum up sales prior to a Sawstop price increase from the manufacturer. Confused, I checked out their site and sure enough, it’s true.

https://www.sawstop.com/news

”Effective February 1st, USA prices on most SawStop saws and many SawStop accessories will increase.

We continue to refuse to cut corners or compromise our dedication to product quality and customer care. After holding the line on prices for over a decade, we must make an adjustment to account for more than a decade of material, shipping and other cost increases. Our last price increase on saws was in 2008!

We don’t like raising our prices, and we don’t plan to make it a habit.

Price increases will vary by model and accessory. Some examples, expect the Contractor Saw to increase by $100, the Professional Cabinet Saw to increase by $150, and the Industrial Cabinet Saw to increase by $150-200 (the Jobsite Saw will not increase).

Thank you for your understanding and your support. For more information on expected price increases, please contact your local SawStop dealer.

Thank you,
Your friends at SawStop”

I get that costs increase annually, and with tariffs, etc, materials prices have been particularly affected as of late. And, considering the price of their products, this is fairly marginal. However, it’s hard to see this as anything other than arrogance from a company who routinely prices much higher than the competition.


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pottz

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#1 posted 01-29-2019 03:24 PM

i dont understand your thinking here,i wish all companies held there prices for 10 years! they charge what they do because people will pay it to get there product,it’s called free enterprise.i suppose youd also say companies like festool are arrogant too.anyone that feels that there getting ripped off shouldn’t buy there products and they wiil eventually lower there price.quality tools cost more for a reason,you get what you pay for.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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GR8HUNTER

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#2 posted 01-29-2019 03:36 PM

just look how medical cost jump up every month plus i think they make a quality machine :<))))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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jamsomito

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#3 posted 01-29-2019 03:37 PM

I don’t disagree with any of that. This was mostly a PSA.

I really don’t want to turn this into a bash-sawstop thread. It’s just that from my perspective, a hobbyist on a limited budget, the safety features that are most beneficial to me and many others (statistically speaking) are priced out of reach, and now they’re further so. But, such is life I suppose.

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Jeff

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#4 posted 01-29-2019 03:55 PM

As a sales professional I know the old line of “we held our prices constant for x number of years” doesn’t hold much water with customers. There are always good reasons for price increases. If you have a good product you don’t have to justify moderate increases and customers will continue to buy.

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Smirak

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#5 posted 01-29-2019 04:00 PM

As posted in another forum, I don’t think this has anything to do with tarriffs, “held our prices constant for x years” or anything of the like. I think it’s part of Festools annual (ridiculous) price increase…

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jonah

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#6 posted 01-29-2019 04:04 PM

You’d expect that even if raw materials became more expensive, that increased efficiencies in manufacturing would offset them. Especially with new goods that need the kinks worked out of them. Sawstop’s saws certainly fit into that category.

I’d expect this is more driven by research that shows that there’s less elasticity in the demand for Sawstops than they thought initially.

However, you can’t ignore that tariffs have almost certainly made producing Sawstops for the US market more expensive.

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edapp

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#7 posted 01-29-2019 04:05 PM

I appreciate the heads up. I would be pissed if I purchased a saw on day 1 of the new price. Most people know they are going to be buying a tool like this for awhile before they actually buy it, and this will allow most people to save a few bucks. Cant expect their prices to stay the same while everything else in the economy goes up.

As far as their pricing compared to competition…. what competition? Their saws are unique in the industry, and in my opinion priced fairly for what they offer. High quality, highly precise, well made, and safe.

Would hate the alternative… which would be to cut costs and reduce quality.

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#8 posted 01-29-2019 04:07 PM



I don t disagree with any of that. This was mostly a PSA.

I really don t want to turn this into a bash-sawstop thread. It s just that from my perspective, a hobbyist on a limited budget, the safety features that are most beneficial to me and many others (statistically speaking) are priced out of reach, and now they re further so. But, such is life I suppose.

- jamsomito


you gotta look at it from sawstops perspective,they invented the feature and have a right to make a good profit from it considering the money invested getting there product to market.the other tool companies could licence the technology but all have chosen not to.you can call this arrogance,but as you said,such is life.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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pottz

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#9 posted 01-29-2019 04:13 PM



As posted in another forum, I don t think this has anything to do with tarriffs, “held our prices constant for x years” or anything of the like. I think it s part of Festools annual (ridiculous) price increase…

- Smirak


i sell construction hardware,nails,bolts,simpson hardware,rebar etc.and tariffs do have a lot to do with it.all the companies i buy from have had price increases last year and more may come.the op was talking about saw stop not festool.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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Kazooman

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#10 posted 01-29-2019 04:25 PM


As posted in another forum, I don t think this has anything to do with tarriffs, “held our prices constant for x years” or anything of the like. I think it s part of Festools annual (ridiculous) price increase…

- Smirak

i sell construction hardware,nails,bolts,simpson hardware,rebar etc.and tariffs do have a lot to do with it.all the companies i buy from have had price increases last year and more may come.the op was talking about saw stop not festool.

- pottz

Festool owns SawStop.

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pottz

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#11 posted 01-29-2019 04:33 PM


As posted in another forum, I don t think this has anything to do with tarriffs, “held our prices constant for x years” or anything of the like. I think it s part of Festools annual (ridiculous) price increase…

- Smirak

i sell construction hardware,nails,bolts,simpson hardware,rebar etc.and tariffs do have a lot to do with it.all the companies i buy from have had price increases last year and more may come.the op was talking about saw stop not festool.

- pottz

Festool owns SawStop.

- Kazooman


actually they are owned by tts-tooltonic systems in germany that owns other companies like tanos,cleantec and festool.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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ScottM

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#12 posted 01-29-2019 04:48 PM

Probably raising the price to pay for all of the hot dogs and brake cartridges used for demos!! :)

I bought mine in December. The store owners told me that I bought at a good time since the prices would be going up after the first of the year…Guess they were right and they were told ahead of time!

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Scap

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#13 posted 01-29-2019 05:12 PM

I sell air distribution products. Aka 99.99% metal.

We get price increases quarterly from some manufacturers, and annually from others.

Price increases are never fun to absorb, as a customer, but on the manufacturers side it is a necessary evil.

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Redoak49

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#14 posted 01-29-2019 05:49 PM

So a Sawstop PCS goes up about 5%.

Grizzly tools went up more than that. So is Grizzly more arrogant?

Unfortunately, prices go up every year on almost everything.

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AlaskaGuy

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#15 posted 01-29-2019 06:18 PM

SawStop was bought by the company that owns Festool. Festool has (without fail) has a price increase every year. I suspect that’s that may happen with SawStop now.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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