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  1. At the end of January I replaced my ~15 year old Delta hybrid with a 3hp 36" fence SawStop PCS with the ICS mobile base. I was satisfied with cut quality of the old saw but it predated the riving knife and if given the opportunity it would cut fingers off. Since I had a saw that was dialed in very well and met my woodworking needs spending money to replace it was especially difficult for me to justify. After all I had used the saw for a very long time without mishap. But in the end I went ahead and bought the SS for the safety feature and frankly I really didn't expect much else out of it. What I got is a machine that is just better in every way possible and it should be considering it cost $3k and the old saw cost $650. The fence was the only thing that needed any adjustment. While I didn't expect the day to day user experience to be much different with the new saw it really is more pleasurable to operate. Everything just turns smoother and feels more substantial. Switching out the regular blade for the dado stack is even easier in spite of having to change the cartridge (bigger opening??). While money is a very valid reason that may dictate choosing a less expensive machine, if the budget allows consideration of a top tier tablesaw I personally don't think there is any choice other than SawStop. The younger you are the more years you have for amortization and the older you are the sooner the cat like ninja reflexes will begin to fade.....in either case the safety feature is worth the money.
  2. I can get bogged down with over analysis easily enough but the 6" flex at the dust collector is not the place to go numbers crazy. Make the installation workshop friendly. The 4" connections to the tools will have much more impact, try to optimize as much as you can there.
  3. Rockler carries this brand and a few months ago Bench Dog updated the product line. When Rockler was closing out the old line they had a box set with a #4 smoother and I think a #60 block plane for $100 and I bit. I don't know if the new stuff is the same as what I have or not so keep that in mind. The block plane compared to the WoodRiver block plane I have is shorter, narrower, and heavier. I haven't messed with it much other than to clean it. The machining is good and all the adjustable parts move the way they are supposed to. In the last week I wanted to try out the #4. I don't own anything else to compare it to. It's heavy. The machining is good. The rear handle was loose and couldn't be tightened. I ground two threads off the handle screw and it tightened. The blade was not flat, it was bowed towards the flat side in the middle. The blade is very hard. I worked on it for hours and never did get it perfectly flat. It's annoying but it's also going to be good enough for me since it's mostly just something for me to play with. This would probably unacceptable for a hand tool guy and if enough time is spent on it the back could be made perfectly flat. The blade is double beveled and it did take a very sharp edge. After messing with the blade for two days I didn't even bother checking the sole for flatness. I just made some shavings and it works fine. There is a lot of backlash in the blade depth adjuster, more than one full turn of the knob before engaging the other direction. If there is a way to adjust for backlash it's not obvious to me. All in all they look real good, but probably not what a hand tool guy would want to use. The new ones might be better, if you can get hands on one check the backlash on the blade adjuster. Any blade can be flattened, I grew tired of messing with it though
  4. chashint

    New Table Saw

    Sorry to hear the new saw is not perfect out of the box. Hopefully parts will arrive quickly and there will be no more issues.
  5. I just saw this thread for the first time. Wow. Very nicely done. Thanks for taking the time to post all the pictures.
  6. chashint

    New Table Saw

    The Wixley is only speced at +/- 0.2 degrees accuracy with 0.1 degree display resolution. Repeatability of the one I had would vary 0.1 degree by moving back and forth between the blade and table. Whatever the actual error was in the one I had x 8 cuts to make a jewelry box and I could easily see the gap in the mitered corner. I am glad all y'all are getting better results than I did.
  7. chashint

    New Table Saw

    I recently gave my Wixley away. There was too much error for machine setup. I have better results using a square and a triangle. Of course right after I gave the digital gauge away I wanted to cut a 10 degree bevel using the band saw and it would have been plenty accurate for that.
  8. chashint

    New Table Saw

    I saw your video on the saw and it was top notch, as are all your others. I appreciate your YouTube channel a lot, I have reallly enjoyed it. Thank you for doing it, I know it's a lot of work. At the end of January I bought a new table saw. I wanted 3hp single phase and I t came down to the 3hp SawStop PCS or the PM2000B. I went with the PCS just because I wanted the technology, the PM is a great saw too. My other saw was 14 years old so it had no safety features. Now that I have been using the SS I find more "comfort" having the riving knife than knowing it has the brake technology. Looking forward to seeing the projects you create going forward.
  9. My driver for buying the SawStop was the unique safety feature. The old saw was very well aligned and cut great. I really didn't think I could ask for anything more from a user experience perspective. Well, after using the new saw for a day or two I will now say I was wrong about that. Everything about using this saw just feels better, smoother, more substantial, and even the 3hp is easily noticeable. Now that I have made the leap there is no buyers remorse for me at all, sorta wish I had done it sooner.
  10. I will check this soonish and let you know.
  11. It's just conversation about a machine, no offenses taken here at all.
  12. I am using the same blade as before, Woodworker 2 40 tooth #1 grind. I am not sure why the SS is louder, besides the brake cartridge being very close to the blade there are two drive belts and the dust shroud. The other saw was just an open cabinet. I don't know if I would have thought about saying anything about it being louder if the OP had not mentioned it, while not excessive it is noticeably louder. I know I have only had it a day or so but hearing it in my own environment and it being louder would not deter me from making the purchase again.
  13. I have mine up and running too. The blade / miter slot alignment was less than 0.002" out on my saw. The fence needed a little tweak to be parallel to the miter slot. I have the 36" rails and had no issues with the side table alignments. I did have to adjust the cartridge to the travel limit to set it close enough to the blade (40 tooth #1 grind WWII). The saw is much louder than the old saw. When the old saw was running all you heard was the whirring blade, the PCS is quite loud by comparison. Not a complaint, it is what it is. A couple weeks ago I got a standalone Kreg router table and the PCS is larger than the old saw, so I have been doing the tool rearrangeritis shuffle today. I am going to try out sharing having the work table pull double duty as the outfeed table, not sure how that's going to workout for me, but the router table has to go someplace and there's only so much floor space available.
  14. Even though my saw 'was' just a 13 year old Delta hybrid It has served me well and I have really enjoyed using it. After much gnashing of teeth I listed it on the Facebook market last night and this morning it went to live with a new owner. I will be heading over ro Rockler later today or tomorrow to buy a 3hp PCS.