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Forum topic by SomeClown posted 12-29-2012 08:41 PM 1155 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-29-2012 08:41 PM

Hey—Just following on to another thread (didn’t want to further convolute that one) here. I’m honing in on a new tablesaw purchase and am wondering if anyone has any recommendations for purchasing—as far as distributors and such. Looking at price differences, reputation, shipping costs, tax, etc.

(1) SawStop—I see where this is available at Woodcraft. Is that the best place, or should I go somewhere else?
(2) Unisaw—I think this is either at Rockler or Woodcraft. Again, anywhere else?
(3) Grizzly—I think this is only from them, so that’s probably that.


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#1 posted 12-29-2012 08:43 PM

There is no way you can ask which TS without starting a thread that will last for days and days leaving you more confused than before you posted this.
I’m not a fan of WoodCraft so I’d get the Griz.

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#2 posted 12-29-2012 09:20 PM

you will not find any different prices on the sawstop so it doesn’t matter where you get it. Not sure about the unisaw.

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#3 posted 12-29-2012 09:22 PM

For me, it was a three day delivery from the Grizzly store in Springfield, Mo to Houston area. Same with the band saw last year. Be sure and get the lift gate service. The driver put it on the ground and between him, me , my nephew and son in law, we pulled/pushed it up the drive and into the garage. I tipped him a $10 spot. :-)

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#4 posted 12-29-2012 09:24 PM

Grizzly is a direct importer with three showroom/warehouses across the country. Unless you live near one, it’s strictly mail order…which is where most of their savings comes in.

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#5 posted 12-29-2012 09:33 PM

Grizzly – mail order unless you live close to a showroom. I THINK their shop fox line is a lot of the same stuff but sold through dealers.

When I was buying my saw, the price was the same everywhere. I talked to woodcraft, rockler, and st. charles hardwoods (local hardwood dealer). Since the price was the same, I went with the store I thought had the best customer service (Rockler for me, YMMV).


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#6 posted 12-29-2012 09:41 PM

I order from Grizzly then I just drive about 30 miles and pick it up at the terminal that way I dont have to worry about when the truck comes and don’t have to pay lift gate fees and pick it up when it’s more conveinant for me

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#7 posted 12-29-2012 10:20 PM

Check out Amazon, Tool King and Tools plus also.

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#8 posted 12-29-2012 10:38 PM

For sawstop, highlandwoodworking. No tax.
Unisaw, not even sure I’d grab one in delta’s current state. Maybe in a year or so when things settle down and they have some stability and parts available.
Grizzly, yep direct from grizzly.

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#9 posted 12-30-2012 12:11 AM

Grizzly Stocks lots of spare parts. Just sayin’

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#10 posted 12-30-2012 12:19 AM

If I go with Grizzly, I’m only a couple hours away from the Bellingham, WA showroom, but I drive a Subaru so that won’t work. :) So, shipping either way.

RusselAP: I’m beginning to discover your point about Tablesaws (vis-a-vis my other forum post of late!). :)

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#11 posted 12-30-2012 12:24 AM

+1 on tools plus usually the lowest priced and shipping free on most machinery. I have purchased all my new machinery from them except my rikon bandsaw. I would wait for a sale to come along to get the best prices. I have purchased a unisaw, drill press, planer and jointer from them at the best prices found.

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#12 posted 12-30-2012 01:54 AM

If you have nearby brick and mortar stores like Rockler and Woodcraft, and you want them to stay in business so you can continue to shop there, and you want either a SawStop or Unisaw, I highly recommend you buy them there. There is an unmistakable value in having them in your backyard. Someone to get advice from, support, lessons, hardware, .tools, etc.. If you go Grizzly, well, you only have once choice – the internet/mail order.

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