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Forum topic by Rmpelk posted 01-11-2021 01:21 PM 910 views 0 times favorited 29 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Rmpelk

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01-11-2021 01:21 PM

Hi everyone,
I’m looking at upgrading my bosch 4100 table saw, I know sawstop is all the rage, but is it worth it. I am currently looking at 3 saws, Jet xacta, Harvey Alpha, and the sawstop pcs. There does not seem to be a lot of feedback on the first 2, but from what I have seen, they seem like nice saws. I am just wondering if it is worth the extra money for the sawstop, i do like the deeper table on the first 2 saws, 31 inches vs 27 inches, and the titanium finish on the harvey would be real nice. Are there any other saws i should be looking at, I’m just looking for feedback to make the best decision possible.
Thanks everyone


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Redoak49

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#1 posted 01-11-2021 01:51 PM

Try doing a search for other threads like yours. The value of a Sawstop has been discussed many time with every opinion you can think of.

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HarveyM

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#2 posted 01-11-2021 02:01 PM

I have the PCS. Only you can decide that what Sawstop offers is worth it to you.

-- Just a Duffer

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northwoodsman

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#3 posted 01-11-2021 02:04 PM

It is an excellent saw. If you take the safety factor out of it, the fit, finish, accuracy, and features are excellent. Only you can determine if the safety feature is worth the price. It’s not just an okay saw with a gimmick added on. It’s a very high quality saw with state of the art technology built in. If I’m going to spend that much money on a saw, the added cost of the safety feature is a no brainer. I own a Saw Stop.

-- NorthWoodsMan

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Fred Hargis

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#4 posted 01-11-2021 02:05 PM

It’s worth it to me, but it is a personal decision.

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

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#5 posted 01-11-2021 03:50 PM

I just bought a Saw Stop Jobsite Pro because I need to roll it out for long cuts. My first impression is that it is dead on accurate out of the box. I expected that I would need to adjust something but every thing I check is dead on. In fact the only thing I needed to adjust was the plate height around the blade. So for quality I like the saw.

Now for the meaty part. I have an employee that lost the ends of three finger in a home woodworking accident. He has been out of work for two months now and I expect his medical bills to exceed $60K. I have a $3K deductible so for me I like the piece of mind I get from Saw Stop. The saw being much higher quality than what I had is a nice bonus. If you can afford it I would get it. If a different saw is more to your liking and budget buy it and be careful. The only ways to be right or wrong on this is to have an accident or blow a cartridge preventing one. The best option is to never let your body come in contact with the blade.

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#6 posted 01-11-2021 04:10 PM

I have a stationary SS that replaced an older delta 1.5 hp contractor saw. I really appreciate the accuracy, dust collection, blade brake but maybe you’d find most of these benefits in another brand…
Do your homework and make a decision that you want to make.
Also consider if this is a 2 to 3 year purchase or a longer term purchase.

Good luck.

-- Mike from Lansdowne, PA

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geauxtiger

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#7 posted 01-11-2021 04:51 PM

I have the SS PCS and have used it for about 6 years. I am a retired surgeon. No way would I pass up the safety features available after seeing some of my patients after table saw injuries. Most of these patients were experienced woodworkers who made a distracted error. The increased cost of SS is a bargain.

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#8 posted 01-11-2021 06:26 PM

Your hands are your most important tools..

Need I say more?

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newwoodbutcher

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#9 posted 01-11-2021 07:50 PM

I think the safety, fit, finish and performance of the sawstop is very good. I don’t have one but have used a friends a few times. I have the Grizzly 0690 and love it. But, if I were going to replace my saw I would not buy the SS. My main reason is that the way they designed their throat plate and riving knife there is an opening in the plate where small cut offs fall into the cabinet. I found I had to make some small parts in my own shop because of this. I would either buy another Grizzly or power stick. But, I don’t expect to as my saw will probably perform well for the rest of my life.

-- Ken

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Rmpelk

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#10 posted 01-11-2021 08:15 PM

Thank you all for the responses, I really appreciate it. Putting out that type of money, i want to make sure to make the best decision for me. I am leaning towards the SS. I am hoping to make it to a store and see one in person.

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controlfreak

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#11 posted 01-11-2021 08:51 PM



My main reason is that the way they designed their throat plate and riving knife there is an opening in the plate where small cut offs fall into the cabinet. I found I had to make some small parts in my own shop because of this. I would either buy another Grizzly or power stick. But, I don t expect to as my saw will probably perform well for the rest of my life.

- newwoodbutcher


I will need to check but my new saw stop jobsite saw looks like they have gone to a zero clearance plate. I received a floor model that had just been unpacked but it looks like you need to plunge the blade up through the plate at 90 deg. and repeat for 45 deg. I bought an extra plate for the dado setup and suspect it is solid except for the riving knife/fence hole but it is a white package so I haven’t opened or seen it yet.

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therealSteveN

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#12 posted 01-11-2021 09:57 PM

I’m extremely safety minded, in the shop I am kinda safety crazy, and I DO use a guard whenever I can with my TS. With that as an operating background, NO I think Sawstop is not necessary. However like most things in this world I believe if it makes you more secure, then it is a great investment for you.

Not so much for me.

I do believe Jack’s pic has a very high illustrative value to what I believe though, and uncovered blade can indeed leave a mark.

-- Think safe, be safe

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SMP

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#13 posted 01-11-2021 10:41 PM

I think it depends on you. Its kind of funny, if you follow all safety precautions 100% every.single.time you will never need it. But, If you become complacent or lax on safety, then you may need it. If knowing that you have this safety allows you to become lax, then you need it even more.

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#14 posted 01-11-2021 10:45 PM

I bought a SawStop JSS and like it. Like controlfreak’s saw, mine was dead on as well. Having the brake is a nice feature. Interestingly enough, I’m more careful because I don’t want to buy a new blade or brake. That happened when I got the miter gage too close. Once is enough.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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CWWoodworking

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#15 posted 01-11-2021 10:47 PM

I think the only question is do you think it’s worth it VS a grizzly or similar.

They are about the same price wise as a powermatic, jet, delta. And from what everyone says, the quality is on par or better. So when you look at 2500-3000$ saws, it’s a no brainer.

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