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#1 posted 06-17-2013 09:19 AM

They’re both nearly the same saw at heart…..US made Emerson contractor saws. The first one has stamped steel wings, the 2nd one has grated cast iron which are stiffer and heavier. The 2nd one also has nicer handwheels…the question is whether its worth $75 more and a longer drive (your call). The “3hp” claim on the front of the saw is meaningless…..the motor plate will say 14 amps, 1hp or possibly 1.5hp. Both saws have a fairly lame fence, but it can be upgraded at a later time. Both saws will need a little TLC and should clean up well. Both saws will need a good alignment, and a good blade (Freud Diablo, CMT, Irwin Marples, DW Precision Trim). Both are decent deals IMO. I’d look into the closer one first and see how it looks and runs in person, then would drive farther if it doesn’t check out.

Did you see this one with grated cast iron wings and an excellent aftermarket Biesemeyer fence? I’d check into this one first for sure.

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