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Posted on 1.75 or 3HP Sawstop

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#1 posted 07-06-2015 09:26 PM

Besides power, the Sawstop PCS 3.0hp does have one other advantage over the PCS 1.75hp. The 3.0hp comes standard with the upgraded blade guard with a built in dust collection port. It’s a $140 part, and necessary if you plan to use the overarm dust collection optional upgrade.

I don’t have the overarm d/c, but do have the 3hp and I use a shop vac on the blade guard port and my dust collector on the cabinet port. It leaves very little dust behind with this setup.

That makes the 3hp motor $390 more expensive. Amortized over 10 years, I’d pay $39 a year to have the extra power. It’s at least worth the psychological benefit of not wondering “if only…” for the life of the saw.

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