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Forum topic by Jim posted 11-04-2010 02:29 PM 1146 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-04-2010 02:29 PM

This is the 19” version with either the motor brake or mechanical brake. My GO457 does not have any sort of brake so I have no experience with it. I’m wanting to upgrade to a larger saw but not sure a brake is necessary. I think the other 19” saws are the same except for the brake so if I don’t need to spend the extra money I won’t.

Can anyone enlighten me?

-- JimT

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#1 posted 11-04-2010 09:32 PM

With larger saws, there is much more momentum in the wheels. Hypothetically, you can sit there for 5 minutes waiting for a larger saw to stop, even after the power has been killed. The brake becomes much more of a safety thing, as well as a bonus, than on smaller saws… I think you will kick yourself, if you dont get it, because I have used one in school with a brake, and, if I had a larger saw w/o one, I would be selling it… It simply takes along time for it to stop/slow down…

Not to mention, it becomes a danger, because it is pretty much still moving at full speed 3 minutes after shutdown, still enough power to saw off digits… ensuring you can only count for 5…

-- "Ah, So your not really a newbie, but a I betterbie."

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#2 posted 11-05-2010 03:33 AM

Thanks for the info. We will be in Branson next week so I think I’m going to sneak away to Springfield one morning and get and up close and personal look at one. I build furniture frames for my son-in-law’s business on a fairly regular basis, even though I’m supposed to be retired. Many times I need more clearance for the larger items. The brake sounds like a great safety item. Think I will opt for the one with the motor brake which stops it in 3 seconds when shut off.

-- JimT

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