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Scott Brown

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04-29-2013 07:03 AM

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I plan to purchase a SawStop professional cabinet saw. The current deal of either a free mobile base or dust collection system does not interest me because I leave my saw in one place and I hear that the dust collection system is not very effective. Does anyone know if SawStop has ever offered sales? I thought I would wait for a more enticing deal.

-- It's not the thing you fling; it's the fling itself!

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#1 posted 04-29-2013 11:35 AM

No sales AFAIK, so I just shop around for the best deal. Highland hardware would be my choice.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#2 posted 04-29-2013 12:48 PM

I think that is the only deal there is. The price is the same everywhere, all the time. I just got one with the rolling base and I don’t move my saw either but it sure helped in setting it in place. You never know when you may want to rearrange your shop and at 400 lbs. it moves easier on wheels.

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#3 posted 04-29-2013 12:52 PM

+1 on the mobile base. Even if you think you’ll never use it, you probably will. Worst case, sell it.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#4 posted 04-29-2013 02:43 PM

I have the PCS model and find the dust collection to be very good. I do not use the SawStop arm thing but just connect to the blade guard. With it and the 4” connection to the cabinet, I am very pleased with the dust collection. I think that it is as good as any other saw that I have used.

I typically leave my saw in one place but got the industrial mobile base which has a cylinder to help lift the saw. It works great especially for the once in the while where I need more floor space in my shop.

I would also check the height of the table. I am 6’ 2” and found the table too low for me and built up a sturdy wooden base to go under the saw and into the mobile base.

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#5 posted 04-29-2013 03:24 PM

I’ve never seen a sale, this current promo seems to be about as good as it gets… Only 2 days left so if you want to get in on it, better hurry!

I bought my PCS locally; had to pay for sales tax, but I avoided shipping that way. I’ve seen other local retailers offer free delivery too (unfortunately, that was after I bought mine), so you might be able to talk your way into that. Seems that SS is pretty strict on pricing of these things, so you probably won’t be able to find anyone that will cut you a monetary discount (I tried).

Like Readoak49, I also bought the ICS mobile base and I love it – I’d absolutely recommend it over the PCS base for anyone than needs mobility. About half a dozen pumps and it’s free to move around the shop. I’ve got a pretty tight shop so the 4 independent casters was a very important feature to me. Played around with a PCS base at the local Rockler and there’s really no contest. Was about $120 more than the PCS base, but in this case, I just got the overarm dust extractor as my freebie instead.

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#6 posted 04-29-2013 04:50 PM

I bought a PCS on Saturday, with the 36 inch fence and mobile base (the promo base). I bought it locally and they are delivering it to me tomorrow, for free. I paid sales tax but no shipping ($250 from most on line retailers).
I don’t move my current saw much but when I do I like having it on a mobile base (the wheels are off the floor when not in use).
I have never seen another type of sale or promotion for these saws in the several years that I have been considering buying one.
And I have heard that the dust collection is very good with the PCS and ICS- no personal experience with them yet.

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#7 posted 04-29-2013 05:07 PM

I was a dealer for a product line some years back.
The company went with a volume purchase discount, in the 90s. This ended up really screwing the long time small dealers, where as, the products were being sold on the internet for less then our dealer price.
Now the economy is worse, that company is not doing so well now. And loosing most all local support for the products.
During that time, I really despised people bringing the product in to me for warranty or service, that they did not buy from me. I finally dropped that company.
Sawstop is making the right moves, preventing discount internet sales, its better for you in the long run.

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#8 posted 04-29-2013 05:32 PM

I have a 52” PCS the only deal was a free “over arm blade guard with dust collection”. As you probably know zero-clearance inserts are not know for their efficiency in DC, so after a year so I put on the over arm and it worked 3 times better with DC, however it was such a PITA as a blade guard I took it off…..get the wheels.

-- Mike

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Scott Brown

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#9 posted 04-29-2013 10:07 PM

Thanks to all of you for the info and the advice. Both are really helpful. I believe I will get the wheels. I see the point about moving it in place and the occasional move. I have heard the main dust collection is good but the over arm system is unimpressive. And you can make your own over arm system if you want to. Again – thanks.

-- It's not the thing you fling; it's the fling itself!

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#10 posted 04-29-2013 10:23 PM

I have a PCS with both the mobile base (not the industrial) and the over-arm dust collection system.

I find the dust collection to be well worth the money. It doesn’t catch everything, but I have a heck of a lot less dust to deal with since I started using it.

I have a small shop, and mobile base is a God-send.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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Scott Brown

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#11 posted 05-21-2013 06:37 PM

Update on my SawStop purchase: I purchased a SawStop with the mobile base. After receiving the base, I assembled the saw, hooked up my Excalibur Sliding Table (after cutting the fence rails on the left end), connected my out-feed table and hooked up my dust collection. I have an underground 5” duct to which I added a 4×4x2-1/2 Y fitting and connected a homemade blade guard collection system to it. I used 2” grey PVC (painted black) for the rigid sections and transitioned to flexible hoses for the two ends. It works fairly well. I will try to attach a few pictures.

So far, the saw is excellent. Very impressed with the packaging, assembly instructions, and the hardware packages, as well as the construction.

Am nervous about making sure I follow all of the steps. I changed to a dado blade set once, which, of course, is more involved than with my previous saw. But it is really nice.

-- It's not the thing you fling; it's the fling itself!

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#12 posted 05-21-2013 06:40 PM

Nice setup!


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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