|Forum topic by Craftsman on the lake||posted 03-20-2017 09:51 PM||1019 views||0 times favorited||48 replies|
03-20-2017 09:51 PM
This is not a which brand of table saw to buy question. I’ve decided (and it’s just my opinion) that for me, as I get older, the safety mechanism of the sawstop is a no brainer. Your opinion may vary. I respect that.
My 1985 Delta/Rockwell constractors saw has had mucho use over the years. It’s been a workhorse and reliable. It’s still going strong but I can hear the bearing wine sometimes and I think it’s got some play in it and is contributing to my inaccurate and rougher saw mark cuts. I always said that when something gives like this or the motor or whatever, I’d just sell it and get a new one after all this time.
I just came back from Rocklers and looked at the Sawstops. I think I’d like to spring for the cabinet saw. Pricey… God are they, but they sure look sweet. That upgrade has the cast iron wings and all. Right now I have a dedicated #10 wire going to a 110 circuit breaker. I could easily upgrade the breaker to 220, no problem. Now… there is a price difference between the 1 3/4 hp (110V) and the 3 hp (220V). My old saw was fairly acceptable at 1 3/4hp cutting hardwoods with a good blade.
Question: For anyone with either of these saws. Is the smaller hp adequate or maybe more than adequate, or should I move to the 3hp? Will I wish I had moved to the larger one later on or will I say the smaller one is doing just fine. Sawstop owners, please give me your opinions.
Most of my wood is hardwoods. Lots of cherry which isn’t a hard, hardwood, but still some oak, hard maple, etc which can challenge a saw.
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