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12-26-2010 07:06 AM

Topic tags/keywords: sawstop

If you don’t mind sharing can you tell me which sawstop you got and how much you paid? Is the extra money for the 3HP worth it?


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#1 posted 12-26-2010 08:04 AM

I got the 3hp PCS, paid the standard 2899 + sales tax. Also added the integrated mobile base, which I think was $160. I highly recommend the mobile base, as it makes moving the saw a breeze.

The 1.75hp cabinet version came out right after I bought mine. I haven’t used a 1.75hp saw before, so I can’t say if it’s worth it or not. If you plan on cutting a lot of hard or thick (6/4 and up) material, and have 220V available in your shop, I’d go for the 3hp. That being said, you don’t hear a lot of folks with the 1.75hp contractor version saying it feels underpowered.

The pricing is strictly controlled by Sawstop – retailers aren’t allowed to sell it for any less and discounts always exclude it…so basically you’re going to pay the same everywhere unless you are buying used. Best case scenario is if you buy from a place where you do a lot of business they might throw in a freebie…

-- Optimists are usually disappointed. Pessimists are either right or pleasantly surprised. I tend to be a disappointed pessimist.

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#2 posted 12-26-2010 08:47 AM

It just kills me knowing me that I can get a 3hp for much less than the sawstop, I could get a 3hp for the price of the sawstop contractor saw but the whole not cutting off my finger thing makes me feel that the extra price is worth it even if I get just the contractor saw.

Can you upgrade the motor on the contractor saw to a 3hp?

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#3 posted 12-26-2010 09:31 AM

Yes, it is a little troublesome knowing you could save $1,500 or so and still end up with a fantastic 3hp saw. $1,500 buys a lot of other toolage or wood.

Haven’t seen any info on upgrading the 1.75hp Sawstops with a new motor…give SS a call and ask ‘em. They’re great to talk to.

-- Optimists are usually disappointed. Pessimists are either right or pleasantly surprised. I tend to be a disappointed pessimist.

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#4 posted 12-26-2010 12:55 PM

If you compare apples to apples.. there is no difference in the price of the sawstop 3 hp cabinet saw, and the Delta unisaw. They are both very good saws, for he same money. The safety feature is added bonus.
I went through the entire comparission a couple months ago, and ended up with the industrial 3 hp Sawstop – no regrets.. it is a great saw.

Gator

-- Master designer of precision sawdust and one of a kind slivers.

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#5 posted 12-26-2010 04:26 PM

IMHO, the PCS is the best price / value of the Sawstop. The ICS is very heavy duty, but carries a fairly high price premium. The contractor is a great saw, and is much better built than most contractor saws, but again, has a fairly high premium over comparable saws. Even if you ignore the saw brake, the PCS is competitively priced. While the Unisaw is made in the USA and has a few advantages, it can’t match the above table dust collection or adjustments on the SS ( check the manual – it has a very detailed set of instruction on how to adjust just about everything, and most are very precise.) I didn’t get the mobile base since I didn’t expect to move it much, and haven’t moved it since I got it. I have the 3 hp, but would guess the 1.75 would work fine. BTW, the first time I heard about the SS, the guy I know that had used the ICS said, ignoring the saw brake, it is an excellent saw, and I have had the same impression with the PCS, they really engineered some great features, like on the saw storage for the riving knife and miter gauge, and unbelievably well written, and illustrated manual, and excellent customer service.

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#6 posted 12-26-2010 04:30 PM

Charles Neil has posted a few vidoes on the Sawstop. You might wanna check them out.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xS9h4bFcZlc

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHNUdtgN4Tc.........1.75 hp

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#7 posted 12-26-2010 08:18 PM

I’ve had my ICS 3hp for over 2 years now and with all the accessories it was right at 4 grand, which included 9% Oklahoma sales tax. A lot for a table saw but the older I get the more I want a back up for my inattentive moments. I treat the saw as if it has no safety feature, but I did trip it a year ago with the tip of a finger. Admittedly it would not have resulted in a very significant injury even with a regular saw because the blade was just barely through a board I was resawing when I, for some unknown reason, other than stupidity, put my hand on top of the board to help it push through. No blood but the blade stopped immediately and disappeared.

I rip a bunch of 5/4 poplar for furniture frames and, as others have said, even without the safety feature it is one fine saw.

-- JimT

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#8 posted 12-26-2010 11:27 PM

Agallant – I own the contractor Sawstop and I haven’t had any issues cutting hardwoods. The saw is top notch. I’ve used other top brands and the Sawstop is as good as any of them. The Sawstop customer service can not be matched. As far as the 3hp version goes, I think it’s overkill for most.

-- Ted

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#9 posted 12-27-2010 02:02 AM

I bought my sawstop because I felt it was the best saw for the money when I was looking. I went to purchase the PCS, but was offered such a good deal on the ICS, I took it. It was a little more saw than I was looking for, but for almost the same money I got the heavier saw. I am very happy with it.
It has nothing to do with social, political, or financial status.. it has everything to do with, in my opinion purchasing a very good saw.

Gator

-- Master designer of precision sawdust and one of a kind slivers.

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#10 posted 12-27-2010 05:47 AM

CharlieL wrote:

”If your rich, and like to promote more goverment rediculous regulations in everyone lives, and are anti American blue collar worker, then the SawStop is probably for you.”

I like the way that LumberJocks can be so supportive of the buying decisions of others.

Happy New Year to you, Charlie !!!

-- -- Neil

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#11 posted 12-27-2010 06:11 AM

Neil, I wish you’d stop being so shy and say what’s on your mind. ;-)

Back to the topic of the thread, I have the 3hp PCS. The 1.75hp wasn’t available when I bought my saw, but to do it again I’d still buy the same saw. To me, it seems that 3hp is the industry standard for high-end cabinet saws. I probably don’t need that much hp, but I would hate to spend that much on a saw and want more power 2 years from now. These saws are great machines and hold their own vs any of their competitors.

-- Kansas City, KS "Nothing is as permanent as a temporary solution"

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#12 posted 12-27-2010 06:17 AM

I buy things from illegal immigrants. Hopefully I don’t stick my finger in the saw instead of the wood. “Be careful out there, use a splitter, feather board and push stick” There’s no reason you should be cut by any tool in your shop!!

-- some day I hope to have enough clamps to need a clamp cart!

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#13 posted 12-27-2010 12:52 PM

So back to the original question of the post… get the best saw you are able to buy, and in my opinion if it is an option 3 hp is the way to go. I also have a Delta 1.75 hp hybrid saw ( for sale) and although it is a good saw, it does not compare to the 3hp sawstop. There is really no difference in price between a high end cabinet saw and the sawstop, as far as cabinet saws, I don’t know about the contractor model. So if you are looking at a cabinet saw, it is features not price that seperate them.

Just go to the reviews about sawstop and other table saws, there are many good intelligent discussions about them all. Good luck with your decision agallant, I am sure you will enjoy your new saw what ever you decide to buy.

Gator

-- Master designer of precision sawdust and one of a kind slivers.

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#14 posted 12-27-2010 04:07 PM

You are way too kind CHUCKY CHEESE. I think you should take Charlie’s advice and buy a Delta Saw then you can spend, who knows how much on his HVAC plate (that took him a year to perfect; that’s right an entire YEAR) and call it the answer to tablesaw dust. Obviously any other solution to tablesaw dust is LAME… just ask him, he knows it all. He’s got 30years of jaw flapping.

-- Ted

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#15 posted 12-27-2010 04:21 PM

Appears as usual, someone asks a simple question and it turns into a pissing match. It’s a new year folks,lets all try to work together.

-- Life is good.

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