I don't think they have been released yet. IIRC Delta is doing a Festool
"thang". Dealers will be getting them but cannot sell them until a certain
date. At least that is what I was told at the Houston WW show week end
$2,684 is well into the ridiculous range. Besides, I have always been
reluctant to buy from the front end of the production line on a new
product. It takes a while to work the bugs out of a new product.
Also, the Unisaw "improvements" during the past 10-15 years have been
less than stellar.
$2700 is a LOT o' Jack. If I was going to be dropping that kind of
money I'd be giving the SawStop machine serious consideration.
Independent of its finger-saving feature it appears to be very well
engineered, seemingly more-so than the new Unisaw, at least from my
admittedly cursory and high-level fifty-foot view.
Free bad advice available here.
To reply, eat the taco.
I would say the price increase is notable but if you want to American built
you have to pay Union prices. I don't know if you have shopped its direct
competition, SawStop and Powermatic but you may find that the pricing is
quite competitive. While I agree that first off the line tends to be a
gamble, new design can also mean over built. I have bought numerous "new
style" products and have been pleased. They all have not been totally free
of small details that need attention but I find that they tend to last
longer overall. Time and again I have seen a good design "under engineered"
later on to save on production cost. Take the example you pointed out, the
Unisaw built 5 years ago was lacking when compared to the Unisaw built 15+
I still own my 10" bench top planer that I bought over 20 years ago and it
was built by Ryobi. It still runs fine but it is retired now as a 15"
stationary planer has replaced it.
Good Lord. I just Amazon'd the 66 and I had no idea it had gone up so
much. Ditto my 54A Jointer which I paid a $750 for 3-4 years ago (now
$959). As Leon suggested we, and the automakers, have to pay the
price the unions demand if we are buying US. I hope the current
plight of the US automaker isn't the future of machine tools. But
looking at the popularity of Grizzly, maybe its already getting
I still like to let a product 'mature' a bit before I grab the first
off of the line. I spent quite a few years in aerospace engineering
and we used up a lot more change order numbers on the first few
production items than subsequent items. Granted an airplane is a tad
more complicated than a Unisaw but a lot of the changes were at
machining, welding and hardware levels.
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