I would like to share with you guy's my experience using the SawStop table saw.
My school woodshop has the Sawstop in it to prevent kids from making mistakes. I think it is good to have in a school environment where kids are still learning the basics of a table saw, and so they have a little less to worry about.
My issues with the saw.
I think kids tend to get a little lackadaisical when it comes to the table saw now, because they think, "Well it won't cut my fingers off, i'll be fine". What if it malfunctions? What if a kick back? I think that it just makes them lass aware of the still existing dangers of the Table saw. I think that this saw is not engineered as well as a Delta, Powermatic, or a Jet. It just seems like it wasn't drawn up very well, and could use revisions to make it seem like it's more heavy duty like the Delta, or Powermatic saws. It seems that the dust collection on this saw stinks. It seems like after one hour of use, it needs to be cleaned out. I know we are using it in a school and it's being used a lot, but for the amount that it collects, and the amount that ends up on the table, or on the user, it doesn't do a very good job, as it claims. All in all, I dislike the table saw, for price, quality, and dust collection. I do know that fingers cost more than the difference between Sawstop and your average saw, but to me, if you're careful and aware about what can happen behind a tablesaw, you shouldn't have an accident.
What I like about the saw.
The saw is safe, it does prevent you from cutting any part of your body off from what the company says. It has a nice heavy duty cast iron table, and easy to use t square style fence. It is just a little bit more insurance that kids in a schooling environment will not have an accident on the saw pertaining to cutting them selves.
All in all, the sawstop is a good investment for a school or multi-person shop environment in my opinion. For a home shop, or small business, I don't think I would invest in one. Like I said earlier, If you are careful, use the right push sticks, and techniques when you're behind the saw, you shouldn't have an accident. It's just second nature using a table saw no a day's. Keeping your fingers clear of the blade, and using push sticks when necessary.