|Forum topic by knotscott||posted 01-13-2016 03:02 PM||1034 views||0 times favorited||23 replies|
01-13-2016 03:02 PM
This may seem trivial to some, but for the sake of clarity, especially for newbies, I think it’s worth mentioning so that we’re all on the same page. I routinely see the term “contractor saw” used erroneously when actually referring to a “portable jobsite saw”, and the trend seems to be growing as more and more folks see it used that way. Since the manufacturers still refer to their stationary saws with splayed legs as contractor saws, and their portable jobsite saws as jobsite or worksite saws, I’ll suggest that we follow suit.
This is a classic contractor saw as I know them:
This is a modern contractor saw with an inboard motor:
This is a portable jobsite saw on a foldup legstand. There are many variations:
Contractor saws were designed well over 60 years ago as a field alternative to a big cabinet saw. They were mainly used by carpenters until the portable jobsite saws hit the scene en mass maybe 30 years ago or so. They tend to sport the same size top as a cabinet saw (usually made of cast iron), have standard miter slots, and sported outboard belt drive induction motors up until recently. Modern contractor saws have mostly moved the motor inside the cabinet more like a hybrid style saw…all except for the Saw Stop contractor saw AFAIK.
Portable jobsite saws are the saws that most contractor use these days, which is likely why so many people refer to them as contractor saws. They tend to have plastic housings, universal direct drive motors, and composite or aluminum tops.
For those interested, here’s more detail about saw types:
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