Pros : I have been using Gemini saws for 20 years. When my most recent Taurus II.2 bit the dust I purchased the Taurus 3. Wow! What a huge improvement over the old saw. Immediately it was noticably quieter than my old saws. And it cuts so much faster and smoother than any saw I have ever had. I also found it much easier to clean since the saw detaches from the tub. I have not yet needed to change the blade but from watching the video instructions it appears to be much less effort than with the II.2. The instructional video that came with the saw is a scream! It won't win any academy awards but It is informative and entertaining; beats the heck out of reading an instruction manual!
Cons : Cost is still pretty steep.
Other Thoughts : Wish I had gotten this saw a long time ago instead of limping along with my old saw which had served me well but had seen better days.
Pros : More precise cuts, cutting shapes that would be impossible by hand without making more pieces or lines in areas that you don't want pieced. Shapes like doves, flowers, etc are easy to cut & I find there is less grinding using the Taurus Saw. One of the best purchases I have made!
Cons : N/A
Other Thoughts : I just bought the separable blade to experiment more with different projects....get more creative!
Pros : When my sons suggested I purchase the ring saw, I thought it was something I would never use. As it turns out, this is one of my can't live without tools. It has made my life in stained glass easier.
Cons : There really aren't any.
Other Thoughts : If your only thinking about purchasing a ring saw, think hard. It's a fantastic tool to own.
Pros : I love my Taurus 3 Ring Saw! I've had it for about 3 years & use it for intricate cuts that I cannot accomplish with my cutter. The learning dvd is a hoot & full of helpful tips. Maintenance has been easy & it does not take up a lot of room on my bench. Great tool for stained glass!
Pros : I think the best addition to my studio has been this saw. I suppose a purist wouldn't approve, but I save glass and aggravation by taking my difficult cuts to the saw. I've had mine for 4 years and am on the second blade.
Cons : The replacement blades are expensive. However, if you watch for them on sale and take care to use your saw correctly, the expense isn't really so bad.