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Forum topic by BroncoBrian posted 01-19-2013 05:06 AM 1736 views 0 times favorited 67 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-19-2013 05:06 AM

Topic tags/keywords: saw stop grizzly g0715p contractor saw

ok guys, which will it be. monday is purchase day! decent upgrade from a portable, thank knotscott, toolie and other who helped me along!

SawStop Contractor (love the finger saver)
Grizzly G0715P (Seems to be more saw for a lot less)

last encouragements?

Thanks all, BD

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#1 posted 01-19-2013 05:24 AM

With those choices, the Sawstop. Looked at one the other day and they appear to be very well made.

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#2 posted 01-19-2013 05:30 AM

I would go SS.

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#3 posted 01-19-2013 05:52 AM

My Vote would be for the SawStop. I will be in the market for one to replace my Sears 113 Contractor model sometime in the future.
RDan

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#4 posted 01-19-2013 06:15 AM

I dunno. The SS is really nice. But $1500-2000 is A LOT of cash for a contractor saw. I’m not sure I could bring myself to spend that kind of coin, all while knowing I could get a decent (non-SS) cabinet saw for the same money.
If it were me, I’d go with the Grizzly. I think the premium spent of SS technology and quality is better justified on the cabinet saws, since most competing cabinet saws are roughly the same price. And by competing I’m talking about powermatic, delta, jet, etc.

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#5 posted 01-19-2013 06:35 AM

Sawstop, that’s what I’m going to get. I value my figures and realize I’m no better than other people the have cut fingers off. And I always use the guards.

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#6 posted 01-19-2013 06:43 AM

If I bought a new saw it would be SS

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#7 posted 01-19-2013 06:47 AM

... depends on whether you want to be a sheet
goods type woodworker or a fine furniture type.

The sheet goods archetype goes with the table
saw. More plywood boxes can be produced in
less time with a cabinet saw and so forth. A
big 3hp saw hogs through all that 8/4 oak you’ve
been hoarding for special projects… and with
SawStop you’ll not cut off your thumb doing it.

If you have robust funding of course SS is attractive.

If you do woodworking for money the equation
is shifted.

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#8 posted 01-19-2013 06:58 AM

Loren that’s the most BS I’ve ever read on a woodworking website and that’s saying something. Many a fine furniture pieces have been made with no tablesaw.

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#9 posted 01-19-2013 07:00 AM

You got the joke then.

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#10 posted 01-19-2013 09:06 AM

I echo tedstor’s comments. If I had to have a table saw with table mounted trunnions that I hate with a passion, I’d go for the grizzly in this instance. The sawstop premium is too much for a contractor saw. Otherwise I’d go for the 1.75HP PCS sawstop. That one is a true cabinet saw.

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#11 posted 01-19-2013 09:10 AM

Would like to see some alternative technologies come out and challenge SS
for that market, to bring down the prices.

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#12 posted 01-19-2013 12:37 PM

The basic SS contractor saw has a lame fence, steel wings, and an outboard motor….it’s otherwise well made, but a fence is a critical component in a saw. For $1750 it offers the safety technology, but unlike their PCS and ICS, it doesn’t offer a saw that’s comparable to a competitors saw in a similar price range….with this one you get significantly less saw along with the safety device, so you’re essentially paying a significant premium for the safety device with this particular model. A fence upgrade pushes the price to over $2K….yes, it’ll be an upgrade from your current saw, but for a couple hundred more, you can get into the 1.75hp SS PCS, which at least offers a lot of saw for the $, along with the safety device. Alternatively, $1500 buys a Grizzly G1023RLW 3hp industrial cabinet saw with a router table.

Only you can decide what’s most important to you.



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#13 posted 01-19-2013 01:46 PM

I love my sawstop. The G0715P is not really such a great deal because ive heard that underneath its the same saw as the ridgid. Only difference is the better fence.

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#14 posted 01-19-2013 01:51 PM

I don’t know why you wouldn’t consider a G0123. I think the real safety feature is a good riving knife and good alignment. That way it is really hard to get kickback.

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#15 posted 01-19-2013 02:17 PM

”The G0715P is not really such a great deal because ive heard that underneath its the same saw as the ridgid. Only difference is the better fence.”

There’s quite a bit more involved…..add the two solid cast iron wings, larger motor (2hp), full enclosure, all of which adds 139 pounds (~ 52%)....

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