Ok jocks, I am in the market for a new table saw or should I say my first table saw. I was looking at the Powermatic 1 1/2 hp contractor saw. I was at my local Woodcraft and got into a really good conversation with a fellow wood worker who happens to work there. We were talking about this saw and then he tries to up sell me on a steel city 3hp table saw. Now the pros and cons of each have been weighed heavily and there is about a $400 to $500 difference between the two. Now with this bigger saw I am pretty sure that dust collection would be a great idea. So I guess my question would be for a first saw would you buy bigger than you need knowing that you may tie into a project that could require the extra hp. But also that this purchase would indeed run you to the point of no new tool purchases for at least another 6 mos. But on the other hand with this Powermatic that you may still end up buying a bigger saw a few years down the line. I’m looking for some advice on this one since this will be my first big purchase.
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