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Forum topic by lugood posted 09-02-2019 01:14 PM 403 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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lugood

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09-02-2019 01:14 PM

Topic tags/keywords: table saw

I know its not really a comparison, my question is value. Ive been saving up for the sawstop but also looking for a cheaper alternative. Ive seen great reviews on the delta here but seen some terrible ones elsewhere. I could, like all of us, use the money else where. Just seeking out opinions from people with more experience. Ive seen reviews of motor problems that cost more than the saw to fix and if you double the price on the delta, I would assume to have the sawstop. And which saw would you think would have the best longevity?


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#1 posted 09-02-2019 05:41 PM

If I were considering a new TS I would probably buy a PowerMatic; unless I wanted the safety feature of a Saw Stop…which I don’t. I have a Delta that has run great for 25 years and it will probably last until I have to give up woodworking. I don’t know how good the new Deltas are.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#2 posted 09-02-2019 08:15 PM

The SS is a great machine, BUT if you are doing a job and you fire the cartridge; without a spare, you are SOL.

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#3 posted 10-10-2019 11:05 PM

And which saw would you think would have the best longevity?

- lugood

If I were in your shoes and the Sawstop was doable, I’d do it without question.

The 36-725 was my starter saw and I used it pretty hard for almost three years before upgrading to the Sawstop 3hp 36” PCS. The Delta did everything I asked of it, as long as I kept its limitations in mind. It was a great saw for that price point and I got my money’s worth out of it and then some.

But in my opinion…and safety feature aside for the moment…the Sawstop is a better value in terms of build quality, longevity, and potential resale value. I mention the last point because you may never sell the Sawstop but you’ll almost certainly upgrade from the Delta. You’ll probably only sell the Delta to another weekend woodworker looking for a saw on a budget. If you do sell the Sawstop, however, it can also appeal to more serious woodworkers and tradesmen.

As for the safety feature: it can be a polarizing issue. Some see no value in it at all. Others do. I’m in the latter camp, obviously. I prefer my safety in layers, rather than relying solely on perfect focus and unerring technique, 24/7/52 for x years.

The SS is a great machine, BUT if you are doing a job and you fire the cartridge; without a spare, you are SOL.

- MrRon

The same can be said of having no spare blade. Keeping spares on hand isn’t a huge deal.

-- Brett — Peters Creek, Alaska

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therealSteveN

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#4 posted 10-11-2019 12:08 AM

Probably any comparison would need more specifics as to which Sawstop, and which Delta? Are you just looking at brand new? That limits you quite a bit, and there are many very well made saws that aren’t SS or Delta out there.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#5 posted 10-11-2019 04:06 AM

Thanks guys

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