I unfortunately see this a lot, but on woodworking forums, I’ll see new people pop on and ask for suggestions for a new table saw or other tool within a particular price range, saying that their absolute top end is $x. Invariably, those Saw Stop fanatics will chime in, saying that they should throw away their budget and buy an expensive Saw Stop, because… well, Saw Stop!
It isn’t just a little money either, it’s always a lot. Recently, some guy came and asked for the best saw between $500-1000 and specifically said he was looking more at the lower end of the scale than the upper. He was just starting out woodworking, he was trying to put together the best shop he could for the money he could afford and planned on upgrading later. Immediately, the Saw Stop brigade jumped in and started pushing the low-end Saw Stop, which clocked in at $1300, a full $300 more than his hard upper end. When he said he couldn’t afford it, they said it didn’t matter, that’s the saw he had to go with because… Saw Stop.
It’s not just the Saw Stop people who are guilty of this though, I’m sure if he had asked about track saws, the Festool brigade would have been out in force, pushing him to buy a track saw he couldn’t afford too. That seems to be the modus operandi for some of the high-end tool groupies. They get convinced that the only way to work with wood is to own horrendously overpriced tools, just for the sake of owning them. It’s like saying the only way to tell time is to own a Rolex. I think there is something emotionally or psychologically wrong with these people, where they’re trying to pass along their own fanaticism to others. It’s like they realize they over-paid for a tool, but if they can convince lots of people to do the same, they don’t feel quite so bad about it.
If you’re not going to help with the actual situations presented, please keep your mouth shut. Nobody gives a damn about your tool evangelizing. Either help the guy or don’t. Don’t be a dick.