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Austin6

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08-21-2020 11:56 PM

Hello! This is my first post on this forum and I was really looking for feedback on whether investing in a sawstop table saw is worth the money for a moderate woodworker. I am looking for a machine that will last me a long time and while I don’t desire to lose a finger, the sawstop braking feature isn’t exactly a must have for me so I am more or less looking for feedback on how well it works as a table saw compared to say delta, powermatic, etc for the money invested.

Thanks!
Austin


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johnstoneb

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#1 posted 08-22-2020 01:21 AM

Excellent saw One of the best on the market. What is a finger or hand worth? I know a plastic surgeon who specializes in hand surgery. She can patch a hand run through a table saw pretty well for 75,000 to 100,000 plus. It will never be like it was before going through the saw.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#2 posted 08-22-2020 01:21 AM

I’ve heard sawstops are great saws. Ive also heard they do occasionally eat perfectly good blades that’s seems to be ok with some woodworkers. Because they can see themselves losing a finger eventually.
I’ve never heard anyone complain that the saws cuts poorly.
It’s expensive to be in the some woodworkers group. :)

Good Luck

-- Aj

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#3 posted 08-22-2020 01:25 AM

I don’t own one. I know a lot of people hold strong opinions both ways, but I’ve never heard it said it’s a low quality saw. Your question, though, was if its worth it. I suspect you can get an equally good saw, without the finger protection, for less. How many $$ do YOU want to pay for that protection?
Nobody else can answer it for you.

-- I'd rather be a hammer than a nail

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CWWoodworking

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#4 posted 08-22-2020 01:25 AM

I don’t have one most say it’s a great saw.

The way I look at it is this- there about the same price as The saws it is compared to. Why wouldn’t you get it? It’s basically free insurance.

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#5 posted 08-22-2020 01:32 AM

Jonathan Katz-Moses did a good youtube video using a 19,000 frame/sec camera to capture some great video of the brake triggering, etc.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SYLAi4jwXcs

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SMP

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#6 posted 08-22-2020 02:20 AM

Depends on what you plan on doing and how much money your hobby is worth to you. If I was going to buy a brand new table saw, I would most likely buy a sawstop. But my almost 30 yo Delta contractor 2 does everything I need. And I could probably get by with a track saw and bandsaw if I didn’t have a table saw. So the answer is: it depends.

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#7 posted 08-22-2020 02:26 AM

I have a Sawstop 3hp 36 inch tglide, It is a beautiful saw, I feel it’s the best out there and then if you add the safety features it’s a win win deal, I am only a weekend woodworker, but glad I bought it, RJ

-- Life Begins @ 190 MPH

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Craftsman on the lake

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#8 posted 08-22-2020 02:38 AM

It is a high quality beautifully machine fitted piece of equipment. You said that you’re not interested in the safety feature. Strange but if that is true there are other good saws too for somewhat less money.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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pottz

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#9 posted 08-22-2020 02:39 AM

looks like another good ol fashioned lj’s cage match,well ive got some snacks and a drink so im gonna sit back and enjoy the show.sawstop debates are always good entertainment-lol.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#10 posted 08-22-2020 02:40 AM

I’ve had the 3hp PCS for about 5 years. I think it’s an excellent saw with or without the brake system. Even after moving across town and hawking the saw to a basement shop, I’ve not had to make any adjustments to blade alignment. Like RJ, I’m just a hobby woodworker, but feel it was a worthwhile investment.

-- Mike - Waukesha, WI

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Fred Hargis

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#11 posted 08-22-2020 11:01 AM

The SS is easily the same (or better) build quality of any North American style table saw ( a Northfield might be a little more robust) and it’s cutting ability is also the equal of any. Their customer service might be a notch or 2 above the rest. The value of the safety system is a personal choice.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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Planeman40

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#12 posted 08-22-2020 01:07 PM

Get a Saw Stop if you want it, however it is mandatory you train yourself to always be aware of where your hands and fingers are and develop certain “moves” when working with dangerous cutting tools. I always carefully lift my hands vertically away from the table saw blade when sawing and avoid drawing my hands backwards where they might drag across the blade. When working with any power tool I try to envision the ways it could nip me and use exaggerated safety moves. Eventually these moves become a habit. I am 80 years old and have been using power tools since I was sixteen and have all my fingers uncut, so it works for me.

-- Always remember: It is a mathematical certainty that half the people in this country are below average in intelligence!

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#13 posted 08-22-2020 02:46 PM



Get a Saw Stop if you want it, however it is mandatory you train yourself to always be aware of where your hands and fingers are and develop certain “moves” when working with dangerous cutting tools. I always carefully lift my hands vertically away from the table saw blade when sawing and avoid drawing my hands backwards where they might drag across the blade. When working with any power tool I try to envision the ways it could nip me and use exaggerated safety moves. Eventually these moves become a habit. I am 80 years old and have been using power tools since I was sixteen and have all my fingers uncut, so it works for me.

- Planeman40

It just takes that one time. That fraction of a second to decide if it would have been worth it. With a $20,000 bill at the ER.

SAWSTOP is a good saw but after 7 years under a production load the saw was clearly wearing out…comparing to a unisaw or pwermatic in the day? No… Worth taking advantage of the new technology. Anyday…

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DNicosia

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#14 posted 08-22-2020 03:46 PM

I have 3hp PCS. I’m working with it for last 3 years been satisfied with the quality. If you take the braking system into consideration it’s worth the money.

-- DNicosia

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Austin6

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#15 posted 08-23-2020 12:25 AM

Thanks for everyone’s input! I can now use this thread as leverage to convince my wife that I need a sawstop. Seems like a really responsive and helpful community. Glad to have found it.

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