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.