Home Depot vs. Lowe's
So, I am extremely close to being the happiest man on the planet. After completing our tax return and realizing we are getting back significantly more than we thought we would the wife and I decided to gift each other something "large" for Valentine's day. She got $500 to spend on clothes and shoes no questions asked, I got $500 to buy a new table saw. I had been looking at the R4512 from Ridgid for awhile after reading some great things about it on here and other places online. This weekend I was in HD for something else (tile repair supplies) and mosied over to take a look at the saw up close and personal, the kindest gentlemen came over and spent about 20 minutes talking with me about the saw and woodworking in general, answered some questions I had, and in general left me feeling very good about choosing the R4512. Since HD didn't have the tile stuff I needed I headed over to Lowe's. Just for grins I strolled up to the tool world to see if they had the Porter Cable saw that is a competitor with the R4512. Let me just say, appearances are everything. Whereas HD had the R4512 out as an endcap with plenty of space around it to look at it and put your hands on it and had the extremely congenial salesman around to talk about the product, Lowe's had shoved the PC saw underneath a half-shelf, there was literally garbage and dirt and grease all over the top, I pulled it out from under the shelf and spent about 5 minutes or so looking at it, several sales-folks walked by and not a single one asked if I had any questions about the produt. I finally gave up and went and found the tile stuff I needed and headed home. So, now I just need to (1) get the tax refund in the bank and (2) find some muscle to help me go pick-up and assemble this new toy (something the salesman at HD warned me about, specifically said "hey, I'd love you to buy it today, but unless you've got some help here with you, you probably need to find some"). I hope to have both conditions met by the end of this week!