Recently, I switched my main shop workhorse from a MiniMax CU300 Smart Combination Machine to the 5 HP Industrial Saw Stop Tablesaw. My reason is pretty simple: I am changing my major work from furniture to small boxes, bowls and wood toys. I am 67 and just want to get away from the heavy lifting. The MiniMax was a great machine but was just a little more than I needed and did not really support the jigs I had accumulated over the years or the Incra Fence system that I wanted to support the more intricate joinery I am expecting to see with my future project goals.
Since incorporating the SawStop into my shop, I have activated the brake system 5 times!!!! I was never close to cutting myself but I keep touching conducting materials such as my aluminum fence or metal push sticks, ect with the blade and ‘BANG’!!! another $130.00 down the drain. I have to say, I love the quality of the machine. It’s a bit better than my old Powermatic 66 and is perfect for my current project list and the Incra Fence System makes it even better.
I also have to say I’ve never come across a better service backing than what I see with Saw Stop. Recently, I had a problem with the 5 HP motor and SawStop sent me a new motor in 3 days with no questions. I just had to peel the label off the old motor and mail it to them.
Bottom Line, after running many machines over the past 50 years, I put SawStop right at the top of the list for machines up to 5 HP.