I'd like to ask a question, but I don't want to start an argument over safety issues, so please let's not get ugly.
It's very clear to me that after I finish these bookcases, I'd like to move to a bigger "cabinet" table saw. I find it really hard to work with big pieces on a "contractor's saw". I know it's a common mistake of beginners not to realize that the table saw is super important and is like the center of your shop.
Up here in western Canada, a Sawstop (the middle model) is about $2800 base price. For that money, it seems to me I could get a really good cabinet saw that doesn't have the Sawstop safety equipment *and* a bunch of other stuff......So I'd like to know what people think......Right now I have the Bosch contractor's saw.
Now I'm all for safety, don't get me wrong, but I'm a) just a "hobby" woodworker, not a professional so b) I don't log nearly as many hours as some and c) I'm SUPER safety conscious and don't get my hands ANYWHERE NEAR the blade. I probably am a foot from the blade at all times. So I suspect I'm not as at risk as lots of others.
Anyway, I'd like to hear what people think is the best decision for me, and I'm going to put up a poll if I can remember how to do that....