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#1 posted 12-11-2013 09:53 PM

First off, I agree that “you get what you pay for” isn’t always the case. Still, I think you are taking too na├»ve an approach. In general, it is clear that a unisaw cabinet saw will be better than a craftsman 113-x contractor’s saw, all things being equal (condition and so forth). Obviously you pay more for the cabinet saw, but you get a beefier machine that will most likely run better and do more for a longer period of time, in all possible comparisons, you get more from the unisaw, but you pay more for the unisaw.

Now, if I can get that unisaw for say, $150.00, then I have gotten more for my money, but because I paid less for a better machine doesn’t disprove this axiom.

Performance of a tool must be as un-subjective as possible. That is hard to manage here on LJ, as none of us review tools for a living. Still, we must have objective tests to review a tool. All the “how it feels” stuff is added, but after the objective stuff.

So, I agree, but I disagree. I probably disagree more.

Good topic, thanks for posting.

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