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#1 posted 12-22-2012 11:13 PM

There’s really no comparison in how an industrial cabinet saw and a hybrid are built…..all the advantages lean towards the cabinet saw. If you’ve got 220v and the budget, a cabinet saw like the Griz, Shop Fox, or possibly a Steel City, offer more saw for the money than anything else out there IMHO. That’s not to say that you need that much saw to do the job. A top hybrid will do a good job of just about all tasks for a hobbyist, but there’s often not much of a price difference between a top hybrid and cabinet saw, so buying a less substantially built saw doesn’t make sense to me in those cases if 220v is available.

The finger saving technology of the Saw Stop means different things to different people, so it’s a personal decision we each need to make. In the $3 and $4k range, the Saw Stop PCS and ICS are top shelf saws throughout regardless of the benefit of the safety feature. At $1750, the Saw Stop contractor saw is the least expensive way of obtaining that technology, but it offers steel wings, an outboard motor, and a pretty humble fence….the guts are well built, but the topside features are much more similar to a saw costing 1/3 the price, meaning the safety feature comes at a premium on that particular model. Upgrading the fence and wings adds several hundred more to the equation.

In the end, if you choose a full size saw with a belt drive induction motor, you’ve got the basis of a good table saw. The end performance is largely determined by setup and blade selection, provided the fence and miter gauge are adequate.

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