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Forum topic by CharlieD posted 03-23-2008 05:28 PM 3756 views 0 times favorited 28 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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CharlieD

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03-23-2008 05:28 PM

I have been waiting on the contactor Sawstop for over a year and getting impatient. The new date is now pushed out (again to June.) So my question for this noble group is ….....is it worth waiting for?

-- Charlie - Texas


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#1 posted 03-23-2008 05:36 PM

There are a lot of fellow Texan’s here.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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danny

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#2 posted 03-24-2008 03:16 AM

the sawstop has a over all good rating.but i think what sells it is you wont lose a finger>lol. if a was getting a new saw it would be a powermatic.they have a great track record with alot of people.

-- danny s "the first to lose are the first to give up"

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ShipWreck

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#3 posted 03-24-2008 11:22 AM

From what I have been hearing, and reading, the CS is made every bit as well as the Cabinet model. If you like the safety feature, it will be worth your wait.

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CharlieD

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#4 posted 03-24-2008 09:02 PM

Thanks for the feedback. I have waited this long so might as well wait aother 3 months. As things happen yesterday I was cutting a a piece of maple plywood for a drawer bottom and as I took it off the table saw …...... well not sure what happened next but the end result is the plywood (small piece 8.5 in by 14) accerated to about 2000 MPH and struck my upper thigh causing a serious bruse. No stitches but….. I was lucky. And yes I had the cover off because it just doesn’t work well. I was thinking that wouldn’t have happened with new European splitter we are seeing on the SS, Powermatic and some others.

-- Charlie - Texas

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CharlieM1958

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#5 posted 03-24-2008 09:07 PM

Humble TX…... isn’t that an oxymoron? :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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CharlieD

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#6 posted 03-24-2008 10:54 PM

CharliieM – LOL, yes I think that would be. It’s pronounced “Umble” like the old Humble Oil company.

-- Charlie - Texas

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firefytrdan

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#7 posted 03-25-2008 12:01 AM

If you can live with the tablesaw you have now, the Sawstop is worth waiting for. The saw, from what I’ve heard and seen, is just as good as all the other major brands. And coming from someone who has lost a finger to a tablesaw, I wish the tablesaw I was using back then was a sawstop. I’m currently saving up for a Sawstop cabinet saw for my next big shop upgrade.

-- Hey! who cut one?

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Mark E.

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#8 posted 03-25-2008 12:06 AM

If you want a SawStop for the safety features, then waiting is really the only option.

For me, I just try to be careful. SawStop doesn’t make bandsaws, or routers, or jointers, or planers, or drill presses….

-- Mark

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CharlieD

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#9 posted 03-25-2008 09:30 PM

I see on the Sawstop website that they have a band saw and chop saw in developement. Working models that look very different compared to traditional equipment

-- Charlie - Texas

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8iowa

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#10 posted 03-26-2008 02:47 PM

If you are a contractor, with several workers on a site, the Sawstop would be a good investment. It is indeed scary to see how these guys use their saws. Since the saw guard will almost never be on the saw, it won’t stop the kick-back injuries, but at least it will save the fingers.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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ChasHutch

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#11 posted 03-26-2008 04:02 PM

I recently read an article by Ian Kirby about tuning and safely working with a table saw. In some of the pictures in the article, there was a guard suspended over the blade but it is not clear how the blade guard is attached to the table. Anyone aware of options like this? I too have removed the guard and splitter from my Rigid contracactor saw.

Charlie, As for the SawStop, you should wait and get what you will be most comfortable with. I think having the SawStop will provide a bit more confidence when using the saw. But, probably not too smart to get TOO comfortable.

-- Hutch - North Dallas, Tx - Safety First

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#12 posted 03-26-2008 04:08 PM

Fine woodworking has a video the new contractor saw. I’m impressed!

Bob

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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GaryK

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#13 posted 03-26-2008 04:38 PM

I just saw the contractor version on Ask This Old House the other day.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#14 posted 03-26-2008 05:04 PM

Penn State has a suspended guard?

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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ChasHutch

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#15 posted 03-26-2008 05:08 PM

Dick, that is exactly what I was thinking.

Thanks

-- Hutch - North Dallas, Tx - Safety First

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