IMO SawStop really needs to work on their website, and they should do
it before their backorder list is gone. The site should tell a lot
more about the differences between their saws and competing ones.
They could include links to magazine reviews and independent reviews
such as this thread and the ones I mentioned. It would be cool if
they put together and maintained an accurate and reasonable schedule
for delivery of the saws, told you at the time of preorder about when
to expect delivery, and followed up with an e-mail each month giving
I suspect that what they're doing is letting matters take their
natural course and avoiding overexpansion. They might want to build
the number of saws that are out there slowly. Beta saws have been
working in shops since April 2004 but what if some obscure
operational or quality control issue comes up? Better to have to
rework 100 saws than 1000.
My guess is that they will have to face serious expansion questions
about when the thousandth saw ships. That will be mid-2005, and
might roughly coincide with reduction of the backorder list to a
reasonable length. By that time the Wood and AW articles will have
printed, they should have ironed out any obscure issues, and
production should be rolling. They will then have to make important
marketing, distribution, and service decisions.