After using a saw stop industrial for about a year now, I just sold the SS and bought the 5 hp version of the Delta. Wow, what a difference! I know this I going to create a bit of a stir in the SS lovers community. I was one too. I spent a pile of money on the machine and it took a year for my disappointment to catch up. Frankly, I found the SS to be a complete pain in the rear to use daily. Sure it made an adequate cut but among other annoying attributes, for anyone who regularly uses a dado blade I got tired of constantly changing blade and cart, bade and cart, blade and cart, blade and cart. Yep, I had a trip. Bade meets aluminum jig. No fingers involved. My hands were no where near the blade. Normally this wouldn't pose any particular problem except for Saw Stop. $170.00 for a new blade and cart and two days downtime waiting for the cart (not in stock) and I was back cutting again. Oh yeah the machine won't run without the cart installed. I found the electronics of the saw to be particularly inconvenient enough to get rid of it and purchase a real saw. I'm now of the mindset that the best safety device is planted firmly between my ears.
I have been using the delta for about two months now and in every way what a breath of fresh air. The delta is significantly less expensive than the SS Industrial. It's table is larger with a few inches more space in front of the blade and this makes a noticeable difference in stability for larger pieces. The additional distance to the front of the blade allows me to use a larger sled for wide panels and still keep it balanced on the table. The true beismeyer fence is a pleasure to use as well. The fence on the SS had a tendency to be a little finicky and move when tightened. The Unisaw is significantly quieter and heavier than the SS. Vibration was very good on the SS but is non existent on the unisaw. A penny balances on its side through multiple start stop cycles without falling over. The handles for both tilt and height operate smoothly and the tilt gauge is actually accurate and functional. Further the gears inside the saw are enclosed to prevent dust contamination. The front panel release for the riving knife and dual height adjustment is a nice touch. For all the inconvenience of the saw stop, the delta reflects the opposite approach. Everything about this saw makes it a pleasure to use. The throat plate is larger for blade changes. There is a blade lock so a single wrench does the trick. The table storage is a nice addition as well. I could go on but I'll summarize by saying the delta unisaw will be the last saw you'll ever need to buy. It's a fine machine that was thoughtfully designed and a pleasure to use. If you actually feel that you're incapable of keeping your fingers away from the blade then by all means buy a saw stop. IF however you want a dream machine that makes a perfect cut and offers numerous convenient features you'll use every day, the Delta is hands down the saw of choice. I loooove my Delta.
I am trying to figure out why one would offer a review of a tool which they do not even use let alone own?
I have had my new saw since May of 2009 and have had the opportunity of running various hardwood's through the blade a number of hours on a daily basis.
The model I bought is the 3 h.p. 52" Model. It comes off the truck in five cartons. The assembly instructions are not the clearest. I think the problem with my owners manual is that I had one of the first saws shipped, this would explain some of my pages being separate from the Owners Manual there were a few pages that were just photocopies. I have to say the setup is typical of other saws I have assembled in the past. It should not be to hard for the average person. My saw had a few bugs that I understand have now being worked out. I was shipped two Left wings, and had to exchange one for a Right side wing. Other than drive time exchanging parts the set up took about four hrs. It is a two man job to set up safely. Adjustments to the saw only involved setting the wings and tables to level as well as dialing in fence.
As far as the overall finish of the saw for the most part is top notch. I feel a little more attention should have been paid to the cant on the front of the saw, the saw table has a different size cant as that on the two wings. After taking the skin off of a couple of knuckles, I brought a file into the game. There is no longer a sharp spot where the wings meet the table.
The saw is very quite, with no vibration. The saw has handled everything I have asked it to do with no signs of being under powered. I do a variety of woodworking, not just making cabinets. I take care of whatever walks in the door, so the demands on my saw can be a challenge.
I guess the bottom line is would I purchase another one, the answer is a definite Yes. I would highly recommend this saw!
As for customer service, in the beginning there were a few bumps, but they were all resolved rather quickly. And to my satisfaction, according to my wife that is a tough thing to do.
I think that you have done a nice job of redesigning the uni-saw.
The members above that have complaints, I'm sure that they would find something wrong even if you gave it to them for free.
In my opinion you do not need stopping technology, somehow we got along for 40 years without it. if you know what you are doing and work carefully, you can get a lot of work done and not get injured. I know all about it only taking one time to have a serious injury, I also know about people getting killed in car accidents, but I still drive to work.
As far as dust collection goes, there is going to be dust! You can't make a cut in wood without creating it. Put on a mask. Invest in a quality dust collector. With the vacuum on and the saw off, remove the plate once in a while and blow some air in there to clean it out. Your saw shouldn't be expected to be dust free.
And the cost is a deal for a small well built saw. $3000.00 is a week and a half of shop rate for one man. Big deal, it will make you a hundred times that money in the years that the saw will provide you service.
If you stop to think about what it costs to redesign and engineer a new machine, you will realize that the cost is not out of line. They need to make a profit too. After all isn't that what you're doing.
I think that the Delta is a great saw for the money.