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

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ScottStewart

108 posts in 729 days


#1 posted 621 days ago

I am a veterinarian, so my hands/fingers are an extremely important part of my livelihood. I have medical insurance, but in the end, if I don’t work, I lose money. I always had thought that a grizzly 1023xxx would be my “forever” saw, but a windfall made it possible to look at the delta/powermatic/sawstop type saws. I did a lot of research, as I am think most of us do when looking at this magnitude of purchase. After my research, I couldn’t find a compelling reason to buy a Powermatic. The Delta is manufactured here if that is important to you (It is also my understanding that Delta is owned now by a Chinese company.) The Sawstop is manufactured overseas.

The negative: I don’t know if the Sawstop will last 50-75 years like the old Unisaws. I will be happy if I get 25-30 out of mine with hobbyist use.

With the difference in features across saws, had there been a $500-1000 price difference across saws, it might have swayed me. There isn’t.

I purchased a PCS with some accessories 4 months ago. I am extremely hard pressed to find anything at all I could improve on the saw. (I think internal dust collection could have been better since there is no way to get the dust (other than the shop vac hose) if it settles outside the blade shroud). I have had 2 minor issues with mine (chrome plating flaking off a handle, hydraulic jack on the base leaking oil), and getting the problem fixed required a single email both times. The fit and finish are amazing, the instructions are top notch. I felt like I got a little nickel and dimed on the accessories, but maybe that’s how it is.

I’m all for personal responsibility. No safety device is going to protect you 100% of the time, but we build layer on layer of safety in lots of things for a reason. Every ER doctor I’ve ever asked has seen multiple table saw injuries. I would love to know the incidence of table saw blade injures per woodworker-year. The guys that do have them, the insurance companies for cabinet shops, are pushing the Sawstops. That tells me something.

The Sawstop appears to be an excellently thought out product, with the finger saving technology being the icing on top of the cake. I haven’t regretted my purchase at any time, and if I knew then what I know now, nothing would change. Feel free to PM me if you have any questions about my experiences.

Scott


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