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Posted on Please save me from drinking the SawStop Kool-Aid

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#1 posted 11-09-2012 04:43 PM

You guys must have way more money than me. :)
I just looked at pricing for a Sawstop professional cabinet saw with a 30” fence. $2300.
My table saw, jointer, planer, band saw, DC and drill press don’t add up to that. ($1800)

I know some folks are passionate about the SawStop and if it’s a great saw, and you have that kind of disposable cash, then by all means I’d say go for it.

I also agree that the table saw is NOT the only dangerous thing in a work shop full of power tools and equipment. And any one of the OTHER power tools can mangle you up pretty bad.

I think a lot of this comes down to “what’s important to you?”
There are LOTS and lots and lots of long-time woodworkers that have all of their fingers.
My saw, while nowhere NEAR the high end, is still a really good saw. It cuts true, stays adjusted, has a very high degree of repeatability, and runs smooth and quiet. In other words, it does what a table saw is expected to do.
It does NOT know whether it’s cutting wood or fingers though. I kind of assumed that’s MY job.

Now before you crucify me, I’ll say that IF I had a $2300 budget JUST for a table saw, I’d probably get the saw stop because it IS a safer saw, AND it looks like a high quality piece of equipment, but I can’t do everything on a table saw. I needed other stuff too.

I would LOVE to be able to afford a bigger jointer, a bigger planer, hell a bigger SHOP, but…. I have limits that I need to respect. And one of those is budget.

So again… I think it comes back to “What’s important to you?” And don’t blow smoke up my butt and tell me it’s your fingers. With all of the other things you do as a woodworker, that tablesaw is only a very small percentage of your risk. Use your head. Stay focused on what you’re doing and prepare your workspace to be as safe as possible. But if you’re going to COUNT ON someone else stopping the saw for you because you ran your hand into it, you probably should take up piano or something.

Not trying to be a jerk, but….. well… I guess I’m a jerk. :)
AND… everyone’s entitled to spend their money however they choose. :)

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