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#1 posted 10-17-2011 09:14 PM

I don’t think the SAWSTOP’s pricing is unreasonable at all … expensive, YES … unreasonable, NO. Like many things these days, you are not paying a premium for what it IS … but for what it DOES.

I doubt many (if ANY) here have a background in metallurgy sufficient to declare the cast iron of one saw is better/worse than another … or determine bearings or internal components to vary to a significant degree between brands … or to quantify that table legs are better/worse for their given task … I mean, if the legs sufficiently support the table, what more do you demand of them … if SAWSTOP’s legs are holding up the table … what’s the gripe ???

My reasoning is simple … if I am in the market for a tool … I do as much research as I can … even if I read some negative comments about the tool and/or the manufacturer, I tend to let the tool speak for itself. If I buy a router that has a unique ability to satisfy a special need, and the reviews say that the speed control has a tendency to fail prematurely, I weigh all of the options and make my decision. I don’t let a POTENTIAL NEGATIVE experience get in the way of what I know will be an ABSOLUTE POSITIVE one.

I have used SAWSTOPS and, I personally like them … a lot. I hope to someday own one, and I could care less how it is marketed … as long as it is adequately supported and does it’s job … I will be a satisfied customer. Now, if the legs fall off or the castings are full of holes and the top has a really lousy finish and the paint is all chipped or defective/deficient, that is another matter. Knowing that I have a true riving knife that should all but eliminate kickbacks … AND I have the blade brake to protect me in the event I fail to use the knife or it fails to prevent the kickback in the first place, it lets me concentrate more on the task at hand, and not be so concerned with absolute techniques and “what if’s?”. I’m not saying one should ever be complacent in the use of ANY saw, but, it does allow your brain to shift priorities just a bit.

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