I’m searching for a cabinet saw to replace my old 2hp craftsman. I want peoples opinions on finding the best saw for my money. I have been looking at different brands, asking sales people questions, reading reviews for the last few months and I would like peoples straight up opinions regarding the saws I mention below. I’m hoping a few people on this site can offer good opinions regarding the actual saws I mention or at least have enough experience using a cabinet saw to suggest a specific saw based on features, quality, actual usage, and price.
The reason I’m looking for a new saw. I need better quality cuts so I can build furniture with great accuracy and minimize fit-up issues. Currently my Craftsmen saw has a slight dip in the middle of the cast iron table (I assume from the weight of the motor and trunnion mounted to the bottom of the table). This causes the blade to not be 90 deg to the table, I’m always fighting this. The fence does not stay tight enough when clamped down, so I get slight movement at the end of my cuts (this is a screw take-up style fence, not a T-square type). Dust collection does not exist (this is because its a contractor type saw). The stamp extensions are never flush with the top of the cast table. It would be nice to have a extension table because I do a lot with plywood and with me building new cabinets for the garage, built-in bookshelfs for the office, and bulit-in nook for the mud room I think I could really benefit from an extension table and longer fence.
Powermatic – PM2000, 3HP 1PH Table Saw, with 50” Accu-Fence System – 1792000K
Steel City – 35975GR 10” Granite Cabinet Saw 3 HP, 50” Industrial Fence System
Grizzly – G0691 10” 3HP 220V Cabinet Table Saw with Long Rails & Riving Knife
Delta – Delta Unisaw X5 with 50” Biesemeyer Fence – guy has this for sale on “CL” – 6 years old $1200
Laguna – MTS0200-0180 Platinum Series
I’m open to suggestions on other brands.
I’m willing to spend up to 3K but I would prefer to stay under 2K.
I look forward to seeing peoples opinions and responding to them. Please ask me any questions if you wish. Thank you
-- Shelby Strempke - IOWA...GO HAWKS