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Forum topic by Drew - Rock-n H Woodshop posted 991 days ago 1561 views 0 times favorited 43 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Drew - Rock-n H Woodshop

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991 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: tablesaw

I have been pondering purchasing a Sawstop b/c of the few close calls I have had with my saw and I also need a more accurate saw and with the added safety feature of the blade stop I will feel more secure. Does anyone have a SS and if you do you regret or love it???

Drew

-- Drew -- "I cut it twice and it's still too short!"- Rock-n H Woodshop - Moore, OK


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Bertha

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#1 posted 991 days ago

What is this “saw stop” you speak of?

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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Drew - Rock-n H Woodshop

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#2 posted 991 days ago

I wonderful new inovation in table saws. go to www.sawstop.com and watch the video on the far right to see how it works. You will see a hotdog in the caption….

-- Drew -- "I cut it twice and it's still too short!"- Rock-n H Woodshop - Moore, OK

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live4ever

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#3 posted 990 days ago

Al’s just playing with ya Drew – Sawstop threads are pretty frequent around here and usually spiral into controversy.

That being said, most of the debate tends to be legal/political. From a machinery standpoint, they are excellent saws if you’re willing to pay for the safety feature. I love my PCS but the safety feature hasn’t affected me one way or the other yet (aside from having to switch the brake from standard to dado for dado cuts…a minor inconvenience).

-- Optimists are usually disappointed. Pessimists are either right or pleasantly surprised. I tend to be a disappointed pessimist.

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Darell

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#4 posted 990 days ago

Yes, I’ve had the contractor SawStop since it came out and I love it. It’s a very well built saw. You won’t go wrong if you decide to get one.

-- Darell, Norman, Ok.

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Drew - Rock-n H Woodshop

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#5 posted 990 days ago

Sorry Al, humor is hard to feel out on this. I figured it was a well known item and either you are very sheltered or you are in a country that doesn’t have access to SS. LOL!!! Guess you are no foreigner….LOL!!!
Darell, I am wanting to get the Contractor version with the cast iron extensions. Since I am an xray tech by trade I need my hands to work well and not be prone to injury plus not being able to woodwork again or be limited later is not something I choose to ponder. I think I will be getting one very soon. Especially since I have over 5 projects coming totaling over 10 grand. I think I would need my fingers….LOL!

-- Drew -- "I cut it twice and it's still too short!"- Rock-n H Woodshop - Moore, OK

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Elizabeth

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#6 posted 990 days ago

I bought a sawstop when I put together my shop last year, as I have very limited experience with the table saw and am a bit apprehensive around it. I make sure to follow safe practices and treat it with a huge amount of respect but it’s nice to know that if I do screw up badly I won’t lose a finger for my penance. For me it’s worth the extra money. If I had already owned a table saw and had lots of experience using it I might not have felt it was necessary to change.

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Jonathan

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#7 posted 990 days ago

Strictly speaking about the quality of the SawStop and leaving everything else out of the equation, I would recommend a SawStop. I have had the 3-HP PCS since the end of March 2011 and have not had any issues. It is certainly a step up from my first table saw, which was a Powermatic 64a.

I also have the overhead dust collection, and when I use it, it works wonderfully. I love how easily you can switch between the riving knife and overarm collector as well.

I have had no issues with my SawStop and felt that for me personally, it was worth spending the money on, since it was relatively close in price to other comparable saws in the same range. I also really like the nice big ON/OFF red paddle. Might not seem like a big deal, but after the little buttons on the PM64a, it’s like night and day.

The assembly instructions are also fantastic, and are the best I’ve seen on any machine I’ve purchased or researched.

I also try to take the proper safety precautions when using it, and feel the same way Elizabeth does about it that it’s there, “just in case”. Believe me though, I never want to trigger the thing for any reason.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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Woodmaster1

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#8 posted 990 days ago

I use the pcs sawstop at school and a new Unisaw at home. If the sawstop is want you want get it. I have found no negatives. I like my Unisaw better but that is a personal choice.

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NBeener

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#9 posted 990 days ago

I’d heard a rumor that—because of the “flesh sensing technology—” you cannot use your table saw, while naked.

Which—to me—was a total deal-killer.

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-- -- Neil

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CharlieM1958

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#10 posted 990 days ago

Neil, I think you’re getting a little confused about that whole “wiener demo” thing.

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

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live4ever

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#11 posted 990 days ago

Don’t worry Neil, it’s just rumor. I use mine in the buff all the time.

-- Optimists are usually disappointed. Pessimists are either right or pleasantly surprised. I tend to be a disappointed pessimist.

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mcase

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#12 posted 990 days ago

I have had the industrial SS for four years and still love it.

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Jacob Lucas

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#13 posted 990 days ago

I used the 5hp 3ph at work making cabinets for along time and its awesome, its very accurate and very well built. It’s worth the money if your even the slightest bit worried about table saw injuries.

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PurpLev

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#14 posted 990 days ago

FYI:

I have been pondering purchasing a Sawstop b/c of the few close calls I have had with my saw

Before relying on a sawstop to save you and counting on technology to protect you when using the table saw – I would highly recommend becoming more familiar with safe operation of the table saw as it seems you are doing something wrong there (a few close calls).

just saying…

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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Drew - Rock-n H Woodshop

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#15 posted 990 days ago

Okay to the ones that choose to judge my abilities in how I operate my saw, I say this: my current saw is a hand me down with no riving knife. I get kick back from time to time just like anyone else. I am not careless nor stupid and my habits are SAFE! Saying that that I need to to rethink my habits and I don’t need protection is like saying I don’t need a seatbelt b/c I’m a good driver. Accidents happen, that’s why they call them accidents. With a tablesaw it only takes once. I work in a trauma 1 ER and I see tons of tablesaw injuries and I don’t want to be another statistic no matter how seasoned I am on the saw. So thanks for the judgment but no thanks!

-- Drew -- "I cut it twice and it's still too short!"- Rock-n H Woodshop - Moore, OK

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