I’ve actually heard other’s speak of similar experience, but as I’ve never had it first hand, I had always spoke in favor of the stores, and tried to bring a second side to each story.
This time – I was on an unfamiliar side of the story… maybe this has happened to you?
I’m in the market for a new table saw, I had sold mine (maybe a bit prematurely, as I am without one for the time being – although with not too much time to be had in the shop, it still psychologically feels like I’m missing something). And so, I went to a couple of place to see what they have on display and get a hands on experience with the machines.
I will not name names, nor point fingers, as this is more on the humorous side of things, but I’m pretty sure people can guess the names involved.
I walk to the register, and tell the guy “hello, I’m interested in table saws”, he says “let me show you what we’ve got” and he gets behind the register and walks me to the table saw section of the store -so far I’m happy – I’m getting responsive and positive service- just like I would expect. and with a friendly smile !
on the way I tell the guy “I’m looking for something that will run on 110v as I dont have 220, nor will I have that in the near future. It is also important for me to have a riving knife on the saw as personal requirement. AND , my budget is up to $1K” – 3 points that kinda limit saw selection, and not necessarily in a bad way – less saws = easier to select.
so, he shows me what saws they have that are 110v, with and without riving knives (ok I think to myself, I guess this is what they’ve got, so might as well see and compare) – ” And… ” he says ” there’s also the powermatic. “
At that point I was almost jumping for joy – did powermatic come out with a hybrid/new saw that is 110v with riving knife that is in the $1K range? that is awesome… I’m so glad I came to check this out.
And he continues “that one is about $2xxx ….”
bummers… no hybrid powermatic for me then…apparently he was referring to the PM2000 – thats a 220v , a little (correct me if I’m wrong) over my $1K budget… (slightly)... not quite sure how it got into ‘our’ selection of tables saw… but , I guess it’s a benchmark to compare to.
we continue to discuss what’s available, and then he says “well, actually all new saws that are made in 09 will have riving knives in them by default” .... I had thought that only NEW MODELS will have that, but he insisted that ALL saws MADE in 09 will have that, regardless of the model (really? wouldn’t that make an ‘older’ model not really ‘that’ model anymore if it’s changed to includee riving knife?”) but I like the idea…. so , I close my eyes, and listen to the story – I always liked bedtime stories.
he says “let me go to the register and make a list of what saws will be available to order now with riving knifes” ... I say “ok” and he goes about… I’m all excited- I’m going to be able to pick any saw I really want , and still have a riving knife with it…
when he comes back, it appears that I knew more than him, as no new saws will have riving knifes except those that already have them … bummer again… but oh well, I wasnt surprised – just disappointed again.
“But …” he goes, “there’s the powermatic with a riving knife”
is the guy serious?
it actually went through another similar cycle, but I dont want to bore you all…
I went out of the store with all the money burning a hole in my pocket… gonna have to look elsewhere I guess.. lol
It’s one thing to know more than the guy at Home Depot, but I don’t like to know more than the guy at the specialty woodworking store… esp. when they are the distributer :o|
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