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Forum topic by Betsy posted 03-06-2009 05:13 AM 2823 views 1 time favorited 80 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-06-2009 05:13 AM

I’ve really been debating about the saw stop. I currently have a delta unisaw – which is great. But I’m getting to the point where the saw is just too big for the space I have and I’d really, really like to be able to get my car into the garage. So I’ve been thinking seriously about the contractor’s model of the saw stop. I like the safety features and other than being smaller horse power than what I currently have I think it would do a good job for me.

There are several problems with this idea though. One is getting rid of my current saw. Two is getting the new saw home in one piece. I’m sure I can find some local moving company to pick it up and deliver it, so that’s probably not a big deal. But as for getting rid of my current saw, I would not know how to price it. It’s about ten years old and admittedly I’ve not taken the best care of it. But it’s still a good saw.

Any advice on pricing something like this?

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#1 posted 03-06-2009 05:30 AM

The price is well controlled. If you have two local dealers, you may be able to work out something to sweeten the deal. I found one place that threw in free delivery. They uncrated the saw, set it up, “tested” it, and brought it to me ready to wire.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#2 posted 03-06-2009 05:32 AM

That’s an interesting thought. I’ll have to look into that. Thanks

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#3 posted 03-06-2009 05:32 AM

I absolutely love my contractors Saw Stop. The new saw will come in a couple of boxes, pretty easy to move, and the set up is all color coded, and it’s a breeze to put together. Look up my review on it for some pics.

As far as the Delta goes, look for comparable prices on Ebay and Craigslist. That will give you a ballpark idea of what they are going for.

Good luck!

-- Chip ----------- 6:8

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#4 posted 03-06-2009 05:45 AM

good luck in working out all of those little details. Betsy.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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#5 posted 03-06-2009 05:46 AM

I vote give it to me! (smirk) (that Obama spread the wealth deal)

Seriously, Look on craigs list and Ebay and depending on where you live do what ever ya think is good
you didnt put a model # or anything.. so maybe post pictures and such and we can be of more help?

On a side note – your page says your into making “Smaller” stuff so maybe you don’t need “a big huge” table saw?
Do you think your unsafe all a sudden? Your practices of cutting and ripping something we should watch on UTUBE?
That saw does not prevent kickback anymore than the one you have now.. (this is most emergency room visit kinda accident).. Idiots not using push sticks . setting up their saw wrong and just not being safe need that saw.. Its a huge seller in Florida, I picked up a nearly new PM 66 for a song when they replaced them with SAW STOPS at the local tech school.. but your looking at 14-18YR old kids that don’t listen to the instructor.. But If you practice safe operation and think out your cuts.. (seems you have been for a while looking at your stuff).. Why pay the silvers for a saw you don’t need?’‘

Anyway.. Its like “crack” folks suddenly think they don’t know what they are doing… and ohoh.. saw stop…


Its not gonna save you that much space.. and on a hot day a drip of sweat beads on your nose and drips off into the saw and wammo! (happened to my son last year in HS)... your down for a few weeks.. till you get the new brake and shattered innards replaced.

Or your wood is too green and (wammo!)... (no pressure treated anything on it, See above (you can turn off the sensor but then aren’t you just using a TS again?)

Take care and roll with ya thoughts..


-- Duct Tape is the Force! It has a light side and a dark side and it Binds the Universe together!

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#6 posted 03-06-2009 05:52 AM

Thanks guys. All good thoughts.

Rich – actually, I am less safe than I used to be. Since my car accident last May, I’ve not been as steady or strong. That’s why the extra safety features appeal to me. You are right about doing more small stuff. I used to do a lot of big bookcases and a lot of outdoor furniture (and one very, very large bird cage – but that’s another story). But again – I’m getting to the point those things are just out of my physical reach.

As far as the sweat thing——I’m a lady I am—- I don’t sweat, I glisten! so there!!!!! :-)

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#7 posted 03-06-2009 06:05 AM


Sillyness? I don’t think so. People thought seat belts were silly. Same with airbags. Some say having a riving knife is sillyness. Paddle safety switches, just wusses need that.

How much money do you put on your hands/fingers? Better yet, how much for your children’s or grandchildren’s?

Sweat will not make the Sawstop go off. There has to be an electrical interruption of the safety circuit for it to go off, and a drop of sweat does not make that connection. A cup of coffee may, and VERY wet wood will. And a good operator will know when to lock it out and make it a “regular ts”.

Also, when it does go off, you are not ‘down for weeks.’ The longest you would be down is a few days if you had to get your brake mail-order. You can even remove the saw blade and have the 2 or 3 carbides the safety mechanism will not release put back on and you have your blade back as well.

Just my .02 worth from a very happy SawStop owner.

-- Chip ----------- 6:8

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#8 posted 03-07-2009 12:59 AM

Rich, my dad, after working in his dad’s metal shop when he was young, and surviving a long career working with high voltage equipment and many decades doing woodworking, recently managed to lop off a couple of fingers on his table saw. To Chip’s point about children and grandchildren, he doesn’t type as well as he used to, so we email less often now…

Accidents are often infrequent enough and unlikely that we think they can’t happen to us. Sometimes we’re actually lucky, sometimes we’re not. My shop doesn’t have a table saw, but if it ever does it’ll be a SawStop.

Betsy, what John said about delivery. And remember that in a pinch you can rent Ryder and U-Haul trucks for things other than moving your apartment, and Hertz (or your local equipment rental shop) in your area will probably rent you a truck and may actually also rent a pallet jack too.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#9 posted 03-07-2009 01:28 AM

I’ll second the vote on silliness.

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#10 posted 03-07-2009 01:39 AM

Betsy, you mean there aren’t a couple of LJ’s or just folks in your area that don’t have a PU and a little musel to get that new saw to you?? You do still live in Texas don’t you ?.... In any case shop extensivly eyeball craigs list, you can look at any of them to get a feel for your price range.. then blow it off, wax it up and take some pretty pictures, and start thinking that the care you have given it is 50% better than average. And be realistic about what up want to get out of it, and then ask more so you have some wiggle room. Don’t promise anything. let a potential buyer run it if they want and then draw thier own conclusions. Anyone who trys to beat you down on condition tell them that they’re MCPs that think all women don’t belong anywhere except the kitchen or the bedroom. Tell them to take a hike someone else will apprecate its good condition.
(there’s always a few of these louts around looking for a way to make a quick buck . They will try to tell you that your stuff is junk and then turn around and sell it as gold. Don’t buy into that and you will do just fine..

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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#11 posted 03-07-2009 03:06 AM

RTB – there are a few in the area – that’s a good idea. When I get my cabinet finished I’m going to do what you said – clean it up and put it out there and see what I can get done.

And just to address the “silliness” issue. I think you have to go and do what you think is the right thing for you. If you don’t think you need a saw stop – by all means don’t buy one. But if someone is looking for a new saw and is looking for more safety features for whatever reason – you should not judge it as silliness. What is silly to one person is quite serious to another.

And yes RTB – there are a lot of “louts” out there that think women only belong in the kitchen – but I have no respect for them because most can’t swing a hammer as well as I can, nor can they do sheetrock, wire and plumb a house, crochet, quilt, embroidery or any other number of things that I can do. They get a measure of their self respect by putting women down – I just shake my head and go on about my business.

Long and short, I’ve got to do what I think is right for me. And I think the saw stop is what I am going to do.

Thanks for all the advice and thoughts.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#12 posted 03-07-2009 03:28 AM

Well said Betsy. Do what YOU want!!!!! I like the way you think. I hope you get the new saw.
- JJ

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#13 posted 03-07-2009 04:52 AM


All that I have heard about the Sawstop Contractor has been good.

Some may argue you may get as good a performing saw from another manufacturer for considerably less, and observiing safe practices whenever using any power tool is enough. I know you can’t get the same balance of quality and safety from any other manufacturer than Sawstop.

I hope you are able to buy the saw that meets your needs and you want. I know your old saw will sell.


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#14 posted 03-07-2009 05:07 AM

Do it Betsy, do it! Trust me.

-- Rodd, Texas grandpa

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#15 posted 03-07-2009 05:13 AM

I don’t think aldente is talking about “silliness”......... He Knows.
- JJ

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