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Posted on Having trouble deciding between Sawstop CS and PCS

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#1 posted 04-07-2010 02:30 AM

I stepped up the PCS about a month ago. The safety features of the SS was important to me, so I didn’t seriously consider another brand. I thought about the CS, but decided against it for a couple of reasons. First, the CS wasn’t any smaller than the PCS, so there was no advantage there. Second, the dust collection and build quality of the PCS was better, albeit at a higher price. Finally, I think the biggest factor for me wasn’t so much the final price, but the relative price of each model compared to similar saws from other manufacturers. The price of the CS is significantly higher than other contractor saws. When I was making my purchase, there were still some of the $300 Ridgid saws around (although not in my area). I just couldn’t justify doubling or tripling the price of a comparable saw simply for the safety features. While the PCS is more expensive, its price and quality is in line with the Delta Unisaw, so you’re not paying a huge premium just for the safety features. Ultimately, either saw is going to be a big chunk of change. For me, I was more comfortable paying more for the higher quality saw that “came with” the blade brake as opposed to paying a lot extra just to be safe.

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