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Posted on Motor differences between Circular saws(120v/2.3hp) vs Table saw (120/1.5hp)?

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#1 posted 11-04-2011 03:27 PM

I never thought about using a circular saw blade on the tablesaw. It would seem to make sense that it would reduce the effort by the 1.5hp motor to cut, almost like “faking” more power. I am going to give that a whirl when my saw gets delivered.

I just bought a powermatic 64 10inch artisan saw, and of course the first thing I worry about is “is that enough power”. I am not cutting foot thick curly maple or anything of the sort, and if I did, that’s what a bandsaw would be for. I am a newbie woodturner and the table saw is not the center of my shop, but, my lathe is.
I had a Ridgid table saw before my basement shop got flooded in my old house, it would get severely bogged down with 4/4 maple and would burn even just inch thick maple, just before it flooded I measured up the blade vs the mitre and noticed that the trunion was off a 1/8th of an inch, causing binding against the fence at the end of the cut, I was JUST working on filing down the trunion holes when it flooded that weekend.

Thanks for all the info folks, I am pretty certain I made the right decision. I am thinking that if I really need a more powerful 3hp saw in the future, I can buy a motor to replace the 1.5 on it now.

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