A year ago I was planning to buy a SawStop, now I own a Hammer

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Blog entry by whope posted 09-10-2020 11:20 AM 2065 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

About this time last year, I had decided that I had come to the point where I was tired of dealing with the limitations of my old Craftsman contractor saw. So I started looking around with the plan of buying a new saw sometime after the end of the year.

I started like I always do when looking to purchase a new machine, at the Laguna website. Of course, I’d seen all the ads, reviews & videos about the SawStop machines. They are really nice and have all the options I wanted, which Laguna didn’t. Their reputation for selling excellent machines is well deserved. So I spec’d out the machine I wanted and figured I was all set to order when the time came.

But a year or so before, I’d seen a woodworking YouTube video out of Germany where the guy had this crazy looking saw where his workpiece was clamped to a sliding table that was next to the blade. I was intrigued and wanted to know more about this kind of setup. You don’t see them in any retail store in the US. It took me some research to find out the names of manufacturers and track down videos, mostly out of Europe and not in English.

To be fair, I had seen sliding table saws at the Laguna website. For some reason in the US, they’re usually called panel saws which is the same name as the saws you see at the big-box stores for cutting down sheet goods. The Laguna machines seemed huge and with no prices, I really couldn’t see one of those in my garage shop.

There also doesn’t seem to be much about sliding table saws here at Lumberjocks, but I did get the Hammer name from some posts. I eventually find the Felder Group website that did list some prices for machines that I could probably get into my garage. And the prices weren’t as high as I thought they would be. From there, it was only a couple weeks to get my custom built saw on order. Covid-19 delayed things 6-8 weeks and by the end of July, I had a Hammer B3 in my shop.

Here’s a playlist that goes a bit more into how I ended up with the Hammer:

I’ll be posting more under the Hammer Time series.

-- Measure it with a micrometer, mark it with chalk, cut it with a Hammer.

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#1 posted 09-10-2020 01:16 PM

How did the Hammer compare with the SawStop in price?

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#2 posted 09-10-2020 06:05 PM

I used a Hammer at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in MAine and it was a delight. Super accurate, well designed; wow. Congratulations!

-- Mike from Lansdowne, PA

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#3 posted 09-10-2020 06:39 PM

Just to generate a little jealousy and hate here, I was fortunate enough to win a Hammer K-3 sliding table saw in a drawing I entered as a fluke. I didn’t even know what a Hammer saw was. Someone here on this website wrote that Hammer was giving away one of its table saws and gave a link to the drawing. But any FREE table saw is a good table saw, so I entered . . . and WON! Life is good!

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

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#4 posted 09-11-2020 12:49 AM

How did the Hammer compare with the SawStop in price?

- Redoak49

Hi Red,
It’s hard to get a matching configuration between the two. Depending on the options you go for, the Hammer with the shortest slider (31” / 800mm) with 31” rip capacity is probably a grand or so more expensive (around 5,500). You’re getting a 4hp motor that takes up to 12” blades. Adding dado capability is an added cost that must be done in manufacturing. Scoring blade, same deal. Moving up to a 49” (1250mm) slider with a 48” rip capacity is another $600. Going up to a 78” (2000mm) slider with an outrigger is about another 2 grand.

I’ve only had the saw about 6 weeks and in the next few months, I’ll do a review. It won’t be getting 5 stars, but I’d buy it again in a heartbeat. I’d go bigger if I had the shop space. But I’d probably separate out the shaper or just stick with a router table. Tooling for a shaper has high up-front costs that might even out over the life of the unit. Something I didn’t research enough.

-- Measure it with a micrometer, mark it with chalk, cut it with a Hammer.

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