Modify old contractor saw or buy new SawStop saw?
I have an old Rockwell contractor saw that still works well but has the crappy OEM fence that requires much tinkering before rip cuts. The OEM guard is not attached. I’ve piddled around for several years with it.
Now, I’m starting to spend more time with the hobby and wondering whether to upgrade the saw with a Shop Fox fence (since Biesemeyers now get such bad feedback online) and some dust collection. The other alternative is to buy a new SawStop contractor saw or cabinet saw. Admittedly, the new saws are so nice, well put together, and SAFE. But the the difference between $500 to upgrade what I have versus $2000-$3000 is a lot of wood and/or other tools.
Any advice or experiences appreciated.