Re: the real differences between lortone ST-10 & LS-10
To my knowledge, the LS-10, a slab saw, now discontinued, is a box-like enclosure with a cross-feed vise on rails where you can look right down into the oil pan. Larger versions are still sold. It is for slabbing-only, because it has no table on which to trim. I use mine for unattended slabbing while I work in the shop, relying on the auto cut-off switch.
The newer TS-10 is a trim saw that is a larger version of the TS-6 and TS-8 saws they have sold for some time. It is slightly different from the TS line in that it is stainless steel and the shape of the tank is not as wide as the table. A simple (non cross feed) vise can be purchased, but you manually move the rock onto the blade. There is no autofeed option. The table, and slab trimming, is the focus. An optional plastic dome with hand/arm holes is useful. The basic arbor-table-tank can be had reasonably in the low $300 range, and fully equipped with a motor, base board, vise, hood, and blade, it is about double the cost; but the total cost is still at least $100 less than some competitors. Of course, many competitors (e.g., Raytech, Covington) do offer autofeed options that can be had for just a few hundred more. Also the particular saw has not been around long enough to have many opinions on the quality of the arbor or bearings versus competitors.
If these are the machines you reference, they have very different shapes, enclosures, and vises. Possibly the arbor part is interchangeable, but I would not expect any other parts to interchange.
From Daniel - September 22, 2010 at 13:25:47