I understand why you might think it, but No, it isn't a "vendetta" against
the saw. It is, however, a desire on my part to counteract the ridiculous
amount of blind passion _for_ the saw by those "Sammy Suck-Ups" who populate
a forum created by a modern-day Tom Sawyer. The BT 3100 is simply NOT the
same thing as the BT 3000 -- the "innards" of the BT3100 have been
cheapened to the point of being beyond absurd. As designed, built and
delivered to the end user, the (3100) saw simply won't stand. the test of
time. (The older BT 3000, on the other hand, had its own issues that
all-in-all appear to be far more minor. The 3000 was well built in
Don't make a hasty assumption based upon what you 1) want to hear and 2)
simply haven't heard: grave concerns regarding the very points I bring up
were raised when the BT3100 first hit the marketplace over 2-1/2 years ago.
Those concerns were raised by none other that the fellow who has so ably
convinced the naive to pay him to keep his (one time hobby) website and
forum going. (I have met a number of BT3100 owners and have come to fully
understand why and how this guy can con folks into paying for his upkeep.
It doesn't take substance -- just moxie.)
Mine is/was not a "lemon". What _is_ unusual is that I am very well versed
about the machine and I stand out because I speak out about the reality of
Indeed, as I state right up front in my site, it is a very accurate saw
(while it lasts). It _is_ a shame that it's made of really cheap fall-apart
materials that won't stand the test of time. (Your saw _will_ commit
"saw-i-cide" one of these days and you'll quickly be in the market for a
real saw yourself..)
In the meantime, Do Enjoy It!
For now, it's all you have and all you know and I celebrate that for you.
Enjoy life and *do* well by it
-- it might well be the only chance you get :-)
Steve, very nice website, and thanks for the info on the BT3100. I've had a
BT3000 for about a decade now. It took a few years of replacing/modifying
until it was stable and accurate, and it's stood up so well that I can't
justify another saw. However, it was some-improvements-needed. From what you
say, I gather the BT3100 wouldn't be worth the attempt. A real shame they went
the wrong way on that.
I can not offer any comments on the merits of the 3000 vs the 3100...
BUT I have used my sons (It is a 3000)...enough to be LMAO...
I can think of plenty of Table Saws that retail new for under 1000
that are far...make that very much .. better ....
What I can NOT think of ...is.. even one.. that is good as his 3000
for 300 bucks...
I can't comment on the BT3100 but certainly can on it's predecessor, BT3000
as I've been using it for 5 years and have not had a problem with it. It is
very accurate and has seem more than it's fair share of hard usage.
The main reason for getting this saw was a limited amount of space. It is
light and easy to move around and will do anything that I throw at it.
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