I’ve been talking to myself for a while about this and I’m getting tired of the conversation.
I’m trying to think of a reason why I should *not* upgrade to a Sawstop. I got my first table saw about 2.5 years ago, a DeWalt job site (7491) and it’s been fantastic for me. Since then I’ve added a good collection of hand planes (LN and Veritas), a planer (DW735), a bandsaw (Laguna 14BX), a Jet cyclone dust collect (1.5hp), a router/table and a drill press. I’m loving woodworking, and it’s clearly not a “phase”. My tools are all better than me, but I don’t mind punching above my weight. I’ll grow into them. I have 30-35 years left on the planet, most of them in retirement 🙂
I’ve attached some pics of what I’ve built so far, just for context on where I am. The biggest things were a blanket chest and a table and (later) hutch for said table. But I’ve tended towards small things (sturdy stool, stylish serving tray–both FWW plans) as I build skills/experience.
I want to get back into bigger things (hanging cabinets, tables), and things that might be more demanding in terms of precision. I could probably make do with the table saw I have. But when I got the bandsaw, my thinking was, I know I’m going to get one sooner or later, why not get one sooner and enjoy it longer? The same logic would seem to apply to a SawStop (I’m not really considering any other brands).
I’m fortunate enough to have the funds and a supportive mrs, so there are no issues there. Space is more of an issue, but I can make adjustments for that.
Other than the Puritan blood that mysteriously boils in my veins, is there a reason not to go ahead with this? Are there things I’m not considering or should be thinking about?
I thinking of the PCS 1.75 HP with 36″ T-glide fence and ICS mobile base. Haven’t figured out dust collection options yet.
Thanks for indulging me. There are plenty of posts about upgrading a table saw, but until I make it personal, they don’t feel “real” to me.