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#1 posted 12-20-2012 07:29 PM

Rob, are you saying in 20/20 hindsight you would go with the 3hp model, no questions asked?

NiteWalker: SawStop has a limited distribution network and competes but does not dominate at competitive prices with a unique and highly desirable feature. Take away the advantage of the feature, could they compete sufficiently at the same price to survive? I’m sure you know of many companies that haven’t.

And yes, a brake could do it. There isn’t that much energy stored in the spinning blade. The hard part is the instant response. That is especially an issue for SawStop because there system requires contact to actuate. For comparison, I believe Whirlwind is a proximity sensor and as a result gets away with a response 3x slower.

I saw the PCS back-to-back with a new Delta. The PCS was nice, the Delta was nicer. If the safety feature didn’t exist I’d probably be a Grizzly or Steel City customer; probably a Grizzly 1023RL for around $1350 delivered.

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