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#1 posted 12-20-2012 05:01 AM

Jim, I agree with your analysis that the difference has to be annualized over the expected length of ownership. I’d go even further, and look at the residual value so the equation would be

(purchase price including delivery and installation – sale price) / years of ownership

This argument clearly makes the PCS 3 hp preferred over the 1.75 hp. The resale would be significantly higher; many more people in the used market are looking for 3 hp saws. The cost difference per year is small, especially if the dust collection port on the blade cover is used; it is a $139 option on the 1.75 hp model.

It seems the advantages of the contractor saw are that it can be mounted on a specially constructed cabinet that would include storage and that its rear mount motor allows a left side router table. That last feature also reduces the effective cost by $100 since only one cast iron wing would be required. Net, the contractor saw becomes over $1000 less expensive (36%) and has some features advantages.

However, it is very likely that the current SawStop braking action that expends a $70-$90 + tax and shipping brake and a blade will be replaced with a non-destructive technology making the current model obsolete for that feature. Once its safety feature is not unique in the marketplace, SawStop as a company may not survive.

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