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Posted on A convention for the "stars" on the review

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knotscott

5425 posts in 2008 days


#1 posted 760 days ago

There’s never going to be a universally accepted rating system because it’s subjective at best, and we’re all coming from different directions on what’s good, so we define that term differently ….. kind of like asking what’s the best color? I remember being pretty darn happy with my first Delta 36-600 compact saw with a universal motor. With 11 years experience behind me and exposure to a lot more saws, I have far more to compare it to and am harder to please. Just one of the many reasons I read past the “star” rating, and don’t put too much temphasis on anyone’s reviews (including magazines). Some reviewers are more objective and credible that others, so I also evaluate the source while I’m processing their evaluation of the tool.

I don’t know how you could not be influenced somewhat by expectations, which are heavily influenced by price. I’d be a lot happier with an $18 Delta Industrial 40T saw blade that performed well than I would be with a $110 Forrest that performed comparably….high performance it’s simply expected with a premium product, it’s a plus with a bargain product, and I would have settled for “acceptable”....not so with the Forrest.

To me, price being factored in is a given. Unavoidable. I have near zero tolerance for a mediocre version of a premium tool with a premium price tag (just think of all the posts from really ticked off Laguna customers who paid top dollar only to receive common quality Asian imports, then got lousy customer service to boot….similar deal… their expectations were simply higher and they thought they were buying better because of how Laguna markets themselves). I’m much more forgiving on something that was a bargain, but I make a point of including that information in my comments during a review. It’s very frustrating to pay more and not get more.

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