Building My Work Shop #4: So it's Decided

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Blog entry by Crushgroovin posted 10-27-2010 06:02 AM 1625 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: A Nice, but difficult Dilemma Part 4 of Building My Work Shop series Part 5: The First Rule of Assembling a Project »

Well I slept on it and talked about it with some friends. I am going to go with a Sawstop!

Thanks to everyone who took a minute to add some insight.

So now I get to start selling stuff on eBay and saving up for the big purchase.

Only decision left is which model to go with. I have narrowed it down the the 1.75 HP Cabinet or the 3.0 HP cabinet. There is about a $600 difference between the two. Just not convinced I need a 3 HP saw. While I do bog down at times when using my Shopsmith, it is usually a power consumption issue more than anything else though. I am upgrading my shop power so that won’t be an issue any longer. That and the Shopsmith “Develops” up to 2 HP of power” which is sketchy at best. But then again I would hate to buy a saw for the next 30 years and have it be underpowered, that would kind of suck.

Well off to do some more research, should be fun!

-- I wouldn't be so arrogant if you weren't such a moron!

11 comments so far

View lanwater's profile


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#1 posted 10-27-2010 06:20 AM

I have the 3hp and I think you should go with that.
You do not buy a tablesaw everyday and you will need the extra power with thick hardwood.

This said mine was available only in 220v.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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John Ormsby

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#2 posted 10-27-2010 06:57 AM

Definitely the 3 HP. I consider 3 HP the minimum for a cabinet style tablesaw. You will be very happy with the higher HP capabilities.

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#3 posted 10-27-2010 02:32 PM

I am in the 3hp camp with John O and lanwater.

I have the Jet 3hp cabinet saw and I have been using it for 12 yrs now and expect many more years of faithful service out of it. The 3hp motor does have significant power over the 1.75hp motor that was on my first saw.

When you consider the cost of the saw and get to divide that cost year after year, you will never regret it. The saw will long outlast many cars that you buy.

The only reason I can see getting rid of my current saw is that I would like to have the extra protection that the SawStop provides. I have a good friend here in town that is a professional furniture maker and he cut off 4 fingers on his left hand in a tablesaw accident a few years ago. The SawStop would have saved him the pain.

I am excited for your decision:)

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

View JJohnston's profile


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#4 posted 10-27-2010 04:01 PM

Of course, it’s always easy to spend somebody else’s money, but since you’re already upgrading your power, you’ll be glad in the long run you went with 3HP.

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

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#5 posted 10-27-2010 04:47 PM

Many of us have probably bought something and later wished we had spent a little bit more and purchased the “next” model up. I sure opinion also is for the 3 hp saw. Scratch out a little larger check and a few month after you have the 3 hp saw the extra money will be forgotten …but the saw upgrade will have you smiling forever.

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#6 posted 10-27-2010 05:33 PM

With out a doubt, buy the 3 hp cabinet saw. I bought a 3 hp Powermatic 2000 and wondered if that was going to be too small. The saw I had before that was a 5 hp Delta. As far as safety the saw stop is the only way to go. If I did not have a whole shop to equip all at once I would have considered the saw stop. I figured I have been woodworking for over 40 years and have not lost a finger yet. Knock On Wood! I must have been doing something right all those years. Have fun buying your new saw.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

View Crushgroovin's profile


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#7 posted 10-27-2010 06:14 PM

It’s an old sales technique I learned very early in life. If you want an affirmative answer, ask the right people the right question! LOL No surprises here! ;)

600 over 20 years is $2.50 per month. Negligible in the grand scheme. The ROI on the safety part is through the roof.

-- I wouldn't be so arrogant if you weren't such a moron!

View jplhomes's profile


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#8 posted 10-27-2010 08:41 PM

I recently purchased the saw stop 1.75 hp and installed a thin kerf blade. The saw works great and assembley is a snap. I am going to treat your money like it was my own and recomend the 1.75

-- John

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#9 posted 10-30-2010 04:04 PM

I have the Saw Stop Professional model 220volt. I am not sorry that I bought it at all. The rip fence is wonderdful, the blade raises and lowers soooo smooth. There are a lot of nasayers out there that are really putting this saw down. I have had it for 1 year and not one problem. I think you will be happy with it, you have made the right choice.

Oh, the assembly goes so smoothly the directions are next to none!

Good Luck! If you have any questions give me a shout!!

‘The SedcoKid’ aka Chuck

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

View Roger's profile


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#10 posted 11-08-2010 03:07 AM

Remember Tim Allen and Home Improvement???? huh huh huh…...more power. It is a lot of $$$ , But, iIf you feel this is a life long investment, I’d jump in with both feet, and all four pockets to scrap up the other 6bones. You can’t be disappointed. just my opinion.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#11 posted 11-08-2010 03:22 AM

I’m in the 3hp camp. Don’t be in the “I should have when” camp. I have the 5hp PM2000 and have not regretted one second of all 5.

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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