|Review by agallant||posted 10-17-2011 09:23 PM||10349 views||1 time favorited||23 comments|
- SawStop 10-Inch Contractor saw with 36" rails and 30" outfeed table
- Brand: SawStop | Category: Tablesaws
Since the SawStop is really two products I am going to break this review down in to two parts. The first part is the saw it’s self and the other part is the break. I have had my SawStop for about a year now, it is, like the title says a 10-Inch contractor with 30” rails and outfeed table.
The saw it’s self is rather nice for a contractor saw. I would say it is very high quality manufacturing and there is great attention to detail. The directions like every other reviewer states are great. The 1.75HP motor will cut 8/4 oak with a 42 tooth WWII, it does not cut it great, it bogs down a bit but with a rip blade it does well. The saw has a stable platform and does not move, the controls are large, easy to use and well placed.
My issues with the saw mostly revolve around the price. Break technology aside it is not a good value. The saw its self is about $1,400 + t-glide fence, + out feed table + mobile base + dado cartridge + dado insert + cast iron wings + tax you will be around $2,600. Yeah that’s right $2,600 out the door for a 1.75HP contractor saw. Want a dust collector blade guard, that is an extra $160-$199. This is an absolute redicioulus price. You can get a 3HP grizzley cabinet saw with all of this and a built in router table for $1,000 less. You could almost get a Power Matic PM2000 or a Delta Unisaw for this price. Its a contractor saw.
The stamped sheat metal wings that ship with the saw are junk, they are flimsy and cheap so you will spend the $200 on the cast iron wings sooner or later.
The saw weighs about 400 LBS so you will need some type of mobile base.
The fence that is included is kinda cheep so you will want to upgrade to the t-glide fence system
You will need to cut dado sooner or later so you will need a dado plate and break
Save the $99 and make your own outfeed table. I bought mine, hated it and build my own
Upgraded dust collector guard is a matter of preference. The built in 4” dust port on the bottom of the saw with my 1HP collector does rather well, only when I am using a sled does the dust on top build up.
With all of those addons the saw is way over priced for a contractor saw. It’s PM2000 money for a contractor saw. The longer I have had this saw the more outrageous I find this. Also when compared to other contractor saws with all of these addons from what I can tell you are paying at least $1,200 more.
I can’t say much here, it is easy to change out, the normal break is $69 and the dado is $79. I have not tripped it but I find myself in the position that I turn the safety off if I think there is a chance of tripping it (pressure treated lumber, wet lumber, if there may be a nail or staple in it etc) this kinda negates the extra $1,200.
All and all I would say that this is a nice contractor saw that should cost no more than $1,000-$1,200
The question is how much is your finger worth and what safety benefit are you getting if you are turning the safety off because you don’t want to have an accidental trip that costs $200. My advice would be to save the extra cash for the 3HP PCS or at the very least the 1.75HP PCS, I think those saws offer a better value and unlike the contractor saw the PCS line seams to be more price competitive with its peers.