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Forum topic by agallant posted 05-09-2017 04:52 PM 551 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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agallant

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05-09-2017 04:52 PM

I am thinking of adding one to my table saw. Does anyone have one and if you do what are your thoughts on it?
My saw is a 3HP SS PCS. It looks like Laguna makes a good one for around $700. I don’t think I will spend the $1,200 on the SS one as I can’t see what it does better than the Laguna.


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runswithscissors

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#1 posted 05-10-2017 04:51 AM

Haven’t used one. Check out Grizzly’s, though. One question I have about them is whether you can do miter cuts both left and right. The ones I’ve looked at seem problematic, but maybe I’m not understanding what I’m seeing. I wouldn’t want a miter saw that only cut 45s to one side or the other, but not both.

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#2 posted 05-10-2017 10:08 AM

I have been using the Grizzly version for about 8 months. My motivation was to limit using my large sled use and to help with cutting large pieces of ply. I did a lot of research, as far as I can tell they are all made in the same factory. Besides color the only differences that I could find is that the SS allows the fence to move laterally and the SS does not have positive angle stops. The SS also has predrilled holes that allow the table itself to be installed so that the slider is flush with front of the saw. This turned out to be a big deal for me, I installed the slider per the instructions and found about 12” of the slider stuck out and “trapped” me directly in the line of fire for a kickback. For 30+ years I have positioned my body to the left of the blade and I like not being a target. I have never had a serious kickback, but that doesn’t mean that it wont happen. I solved this problem my drilling the slider so I could move it forward so it didn’t trap me.
Other thoughts:
Fit and finish is good. The slider action is really smooth.
Fence accuracy: Using the 5 cut method I get .003 difference over a 25” piece of ply.
It is a heavy beast but I had no problems installing it (twice) by myself.
Because my shop is narrow, I had to cut 5” off of my front fence rail and move my switch.
The biggest down side is the fence, it would be nice if I could move it closer to the blade, it’s about 3” away, but I can use a sacrificial fence if the need arises. And yes, the fence is adjustable to both the left and right. Here are some pics, sorry for being long winded.

I made a couple of infeed tables to help support large pieces.

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