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Forum topic by JSilverman posted 04-26-2013 09:20 PM 1729 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-26-2013 09:20 PM

I am thinking of buying a 3hp PCS this weekend. I am debating between a local retailer and a mailorder retailer (Highland Hardware). Both will charge me the same shipping fee as the saw ships directly from SawStop. Anyone have suggestions or opinions of doing it one way vs the other? I am assuming all service issues, if there are any, would be handled directly by SS in either case.


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#1 posted 04-26-2013 09:49 PM

Buying it local will support the local retailer, and give you an extra level of assistance should there be any issues requiring manufacturer contact.

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#2 posted 04-26-2013 09:50 PM

I generally prefer to support the local guy. But it seems kind of crappy to pay shipping and sales tax. If you can work that out, then buying locally will support people in your community.


-- Part of engineering is to know when to put your calculator down and pick up your tools.

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#3 posted 04-26-2013 10:21 PM

I bought mine a year ago this month locally … cost was the same as if I had bought it online (no shipping but they did charge for delivery … the delivery driver helped me unpack it in the shop and hauled the packing materials away). I had just moved into the area and buying the saw from the local dealer put me in line as a ‘preferred customer’, meaning I get some decent discounts and advance notice on sales. And it turns out, the salesman I dealt with lives about a half mile down the road.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#4 posted 04-27-2013 03:25 AM

I just bought one a month ago and I ordered it locally and waited until they had a second order and then they didn’t get charged or charge me for shipping. I imagine you are going for the no charge rolling base or overarm dust collector deal which I think finishes on Tuesday though.

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#5 posted 04-28-2013 05:52 AM

Well, I did it—bought a 3hp pcs from a local dealer. He is going to deliver it on Tuesday- for free! Clearly a case of better to support the local business than a distant on line merchant.
Thanks for your comments

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#6 posted 04-28-2013 06:15 AM

Very fine choice, Sir. SS is doing well while it may be a different story for the local guy and his employees. The way things are going I think it’s very important for all of us to go out of our ways, if necessary, to support our neighbors and friends and give our hard earned money to folks who are trying to make a living. Not ranting, just saying I think you do a good thing. :)

And congrats on your new purchase.

-- -Andy ~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~

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#7 posted 04-28-2013 09:31 AM

I have returned three Jet Vortex dust collectors and one air filtration unit due to damage in handling. Buy your tools at the local outlet. Not only do you support the local business, as mentioned above, but you don’t have to go through the dropped crates that these gorillas seem to bring me.

Even the savings in shipping, as when you buy from Amazon, is not worth the hassle of returned tools for damage in shipping.

-- --Dale Page

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#8 posted 04-28-2013 03:48 PM

Great choice, you will like that saw. One other reason to buy it locally is shipping distance. I live in Oregon which is where Sawstop is located, I called two of the online companies and they would ship it to their warehouses on the east coast then back. With my local dealer it came less than 300 miles.

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#9 posted 04-28-2013 04:27 PM

I like Highland Hardware and I live 40 miles from their store. I love to go to their store and the people are great. I intend to buy a Sawstop in the near future and would have no reason not to buy from Highland unless I discover an equivalent place with a substantially lower price.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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