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Forum topic by Marcus posted 03-22-2014 11:05 PM 738 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Marcus

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03-22-2014 11:05 PM

So I’ve decided its time to make the plunge and get a sawstop. I have had 25 years of accident free table saw use, but the brake feature is very interesting to me, especially with wanting to get my son into the shop. I also took a part time job as a professor to pay for it, so have the extra money set aside now. I’m planning on getting a 3HP PCS with the 52” fence.

So my question is: where did you buy your sawstop and why? I’m intrigued in getting from amazon and having it delivered to my door for $3250 vs the $3000 + tax + delivery from a place like woodcraft or rockler which I have no strong allegiance too?having said that, I like the idea of having local support for the saw if something would go wrong.

So any horror stories with your sawstop purchase?

Also, any opinion of the mobile base or over head dust collection? I get one for free with rebate. I will occasionally need to move the saw, but not daily. Is the overhead dust collection effective enough to warrant its purchase?


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#1 posted 03-22-2014 11:07 PM

There are no dealers local here so I would have to get it shipped wherever I bought it from….not that I’m in the market for a saw anyway:-)

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#2 posted 03-22-2014 11:46 PM

Go to the sawstop web site and search for a local dealer.

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#3 posted 03-22-2014 11:57 PM

Local deals are rockler and woodcraft as i mentioned in the original post.

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#4 posted 03-23-2014 12:41 AM

I bought my SawStop PCS from my local Rockler. Amazon charges sales tax in my state, so there was no difference in cost. I actually saved some money in delivery costs by picking it up directly from the store. Sawstop is basically the same price everywhere and never goes on sale (the exception being the promotion for the free add on you mentioned.)

I chose the local Rockler as the franchises seem to be fairly independent, and all things being equal I would rather support a local business. I like having the Rockler nearby and I imagine it’s a tough business to keep alive. They were very helpful and even were able to expedite the ordering of my free mobile base before the saw arrived in the store. Sorry, no horror stories :) The quality control and setup instructions were amazing.

As for the upgrade, there was a recent thread about this. In my case I got the mobile base, but haven’t ever set it up as I don’t seem to need to move the saw in my shop (thought I might before I bought it.) I would have picked the overarm dust collector if I had a second chance, but don’t feel the need to purchase it as the dust collection is already excellent.

I think the consensus of the previous thread was take the dust collection free upgrade and order the more versatile ICS mobile base.

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#5 posted 03-23-2014 12:55 AM

Sawstop does a very good job at keeping all vendors on an even playing field. All the on-line shops I found ended up charging for delivery and tax, even though their websites claimed otherwise.

I went with Amazon because I was able to set a delivery window at the time of ordering, which was important for me because I had to line up friends to move the saw to a “basement” workshop.

No horror stories at all. At this expense level (I went with the 3HP 52”), Amazon includes a “concierge” service where they actually give a phone number to call. I used it to confirm the delivery date/time, and everything worked as expected.

I have heard that Woodcraft or Rockler will assist in the assembly. This could be useful considering the weight of the side tables and rails.

Having heard the timing issues with the mobile base package as part of the “deal”, I ordered the ICS mobile base about a week ahead of time to ensure it would be ready when the saw actually showed up.

Since I wanted the ICS base, I opted for the DC system. I have heard that the connection to the saw is not optimal in that the connection to the blade guard comes out at 90degrees. However, I’ll take it for free and evaluate when it arrives.

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#6 posted 03-23-2014 01:03 AM

I bought mine from a Woodcraft and was very happy. They delivered it with no problems and made certain that everything was there and nothing damaged. I bought the PCS with the industrial mobile base and I think it is the best base ever made. It is so eash to pump up the hydraulics and move it around.

I also found that the saw was too low for me and had to bend over to use it. I made a box/platform out of 2×4 and 2×6 and put it in the mobile base and then the saw on top of it. It is now a perfect height for me.

I have bought several large machines from the same Woodcraft dealer and he has been great about delivering it. I like the fact that I am dealing with a human and if there is any problem he will make it right. With shipping something large items there is always a chance of damage or missing parts and while Amazon will work things out, it is just a royal pain. Maybe, I paid a few dollars more but it was worth it to me.

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#7 posted 03-23-2014 01:37 AM

I bought mine from Woodcraft in Downingtown PA. I could have got it in Del and avoided the taxes, but I had it delivered and it had to come down 5 stairs to my basement. Mine was an 5hp ICS so It cost me, but they were great. The owner Tom Temple owns both stores. He is the largest dealer of Sawstops. Good folks

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#8 posted 03-23-2014 01:49 AM

Interesting to hear all the good things about woodcraft. I stopped by both woodcraft and rockler today to see what they could do. Rockler wouldn’t deliver at all. Woodcraft had a guy who would throw it in the back of his truck for $100, but it was up to me to get it out of the truck and move it to the shop.

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Paul Miller

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#9 posted 03-23-2014 02:15 AM

I bought my 3 HP ICS from Woodcraft. Their normal charge for local delivery is $50, but since I am 75 miles away, they charged me $75. They took it out of the crate and got it into my shop, through a 36” service door.

Paul

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#10 posted 03-23-2014 04:06 AM

A year ago I bought my 3hp 36” from Highland. Shipping was $300 and they put it into my garage. I was completely happy with their delivery. Buying it from Highland saved me $240 in state taxes (TX).

I’ve never had to depend on Highland for any support and I don’t believe that should be a consideration. I’ve had to replace the top and just now the double pulley (although I’m starting to doubt it is bad). Sawstop has been great at identifying the issues giving me the support I needed.

If your local woodworking dealer will stand up and make sure the saw is delivered properly (front door…) then for sure support your local dealer. If not save taxes and go for someone like Highland; if that falls through, Amazon Prime. Amazon uses Fedex shipping and they do deliver it to your front door. In any event, tip the driver.

Get the dust collection and buy ICS moble base+adapter (buy the ICS saw!). If you are moving it with any regularity, you are really going to appreciate the 4 swivel wheels and lift!

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#11 posted 03-23-2014 10:54 AM

I have bought other large items from Acme Tools. They include lift gate delivery with their shipping. I had no problems with them.

-- Bill R

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