It's important to be specific about model numbers, as opposed to grouping all SS saws into the same pile. The last I knew they offered 4 models...a jobsite saw, a contractor saw, a professional cabinet saw (PCS), and an industrial cabinet saw (ICS).
The PCS and ICS are outstanding saws even without their safety techology. The stock fence on the PCS is their "Premium fence", but I'm not a big fan of it....it's lighter duty construction throughout than a steel welded t-square like a Biesemeyer. Fortunately they offer the T-Glide fence as an option, which is a very good fence, and is the choice I'd make for a saw in this price range. If you have 220v, I'd definitely opt for the 3hp motor over the 1.75hp. IMO the PCS is not quite at the same level as a PM2000, but with the 3hp motor and T-Glide fence, it's pretty competitive. A fully loaded PCS gives you a lot of saw with the safety brake feature for not much more than a PM2000. The ICS is more substantial than either, and is obviously more expensive than either....definitely geared for an industrial setting. IMHO institutions and professional shops leave themselves wide open for lawsuits if they don't implement one of these, because accidents seem inevitable in these environments.
The SS contractor saw is well built for a contractor saw, but the steel wings and cheapy fence don't impress me at the $1600 price point. Adding the T-Glide is a big step in the direction, as are the cast iron wings, but you're still paying a hefty premium to get the safety feature. I also can't help but think this model should have never incorporated the outboard motor....all the other outboard motor contractor saws were being phased out when this was introduced.
The jobsite saw is the lowest cost SS saw. There's undoubtedly a large natural market for contractors and assistant's where the jobsite saw will save a lot of injuries and law suits, but it's a pretty expensive and it's still has the drawbacks of a jobsite saw.
IMO the bottom two models don't offer the most saw for their respective price ranges. The Grizzly G1023RL at ~ $1500 is pretty stout competition from a perspective of just the saw, without considering the safety brake. However, it's hard to overlook the value of the safety brake in the event of an accident, which I'm sure is a big selling point.
Last edited by notskot; 05-10-2016 at 02:00 PM.