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Posted on Just wondering: SawStop opinions wanted

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#1 posted 08-10-2012 06:29 PM

I just bought a 3hp PCS, with 52” rails. To fund it, I sold a 3HP PM66, a 7.5HP PM72 and a 10HP RPC. The PM’s needed to be restored. I took the view that I would too long restoring the PMs, and even then, they wouldn’t have even a riving knife, and the blade guard/splitters weren’t anything like the more modern designs.

So it was new saw time. I’ve seen the Unisaw and the PM2000 before, and knew they were both good. I looked at the Sawstop, and the construction seemed equivalent, if not superior. I just finished assembling the SS last night, and so far, it’s been excellent. I cut up quite a lot of 3/4 plywood to make brackets to hang my DC ducting on, and deliberately used the RIDGID 50T blade from my old RIDGID TS3660. It’s like night and day. Lord knows what a WW2 will be like. I bought one of those for the new saw, but I’ll save that for some decent wood.

I was a little disappointed when I unboxed the SS, and stood the main cabinet up. It looks quite small, and in comparison to the 72, it’s a dwarf. But then my 72 wasn’t operational, and this one is. Short of cutting railway ties, I think I’ll be OK with it. Once the wings, fence and extension table go on, it doesn’t seem small. It’s a bit short, so I’ll be building a roll-around cart for it to raise the height more than anything, but it’s what I need, and what I had was more than I need.

For 3 grand, if one saw will cut your fingers off, and the other won’t, all other things equal (which they are, to me), it’s a no-brainer. Now I can do some woodworking, once I have the DC hooked up.

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