|Forum topic by live4ever||posted 04-06-2010 08:44 PM||2296 views||0 times favorited||12 replies|
04-06-2010 08:44 PM
I’m having a LOT of trouble deciding between a Sawstop CS and PCS. I am very fortunate to be able to afford either one of these for my hobby and very fortunate to have an understanding wife who insisted it was going to be SS or no tablesaw. Have to agree with her as my career requires all of my fingers.
This is the first TS I will have owned.
Power – 1.75hp vs. 3hp. Honestly, I doubt I will ever tax a 1.75hp motor. But the added power is nice when there.
Dust collection – Huge selling point of the PCS. I have a small garage shop with only shopvac based DC. I know they’re planning on adding the overtable DC blade guard for the contractor saw soon, but unclear when that will be and whether it will cost additional money. The thought of being able to use the saw and not make an absolute mess is very attractive.
Footprint – Since it’s a tiny shop, every square inch of my space is valuable. The PCS doesn’t have a large motor that sticks out the back.
Noise – The PCS is probably quieter under no load. Under load, I imagine it’s the same. Noise is a huge issue for me being that our home is attached on both sides. I imagine both saws are significantly better than my circular saw though. :)
Overall fit & finish – nicer on the PCS, but not hugely different (???).
Cost – similarly spec’d (36” fence, cast wings, mobile base), there is a $1k difference between the two, for what amounts to more power, much better DC, and a neater and more solid package. There would be the added cost of 220V but it’s not a huge job – there is an unused 20A 12/3 circuit already there. Conduit just needs to be relocated and a 220V receptacle put on the end.
What would you do? Anyone make the same decision? Anything I’m not considering? Thanks!
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