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Forum topic by RJweb posted 03-12-2011 06:37 PM 1970 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-12-2011 06:37 PM

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I am looking at purchasing the ss contractor saw, with the 36” cast iron wings, t glide fence, and wondering if any one has what they think of it compared to the ss proffessional model 1 3/4 hp model. It looks to me that if you block out the bottom of both saws the tops are the same, other than the placement of the motor, thx for any info

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#1 posted 03-13-2011 08:00 AM

I have the contractor version of the saw and I’ve used it for over a year now and love it. I built a mobile cabinet for it to control the dust and built my router table into the right side of the cabinet. I also added much needed storage since I have limited space. I upgraded to the 52” fence along with the cast iron wings. I also built my own fold-down outfeed table. The SS contractor saw has more than enough power for me.

-- Ted

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#2 posted 03-13-2011 08:15 PM

I’ve sold this saw. While I don’t like the Saw-Stop Company and it’s founder, This is a high quality saw. I have 2 problems with it. It’s heavy. (most quality machinery is) and it’s pricey. If you however going to use with employees, it’s the saw to have.


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#3 posted 03-14-2011 03:55 AM

I have the saw you describe, and it’s done everything I’ve wanted. If you are going to be moving it into position, then back for storage, get the dust panel. You can connect your DC with a slip connect to the panel vs. crawling under the saw to connect to the blade shroud.

The tops may be the same between the two saws, but I think the dust collection might be the difference. I need to start by saying that my previous saw did not have any dust collection, and SS had spoiled me. The little saw dust left under the saw, not caught by the blade shroud, is a little more than I want to blow out the garage door (although I have done that). I assume (yes I know) the cabinet saw dust collection captures this small amount of saw dust the contractor saw misses.

The motor location was something I thought about, but I didn’t have the 1.75 Pro saw available when I got my saw. My old saw, as with all other saws I used, had the motor under the table. I was used to pushing stock through the blade and letting the end fall to the floor. The first time I did this with the new saw I dented it on the motor. Now I use a roller to catch long stock, and work safer.

You will be happy with either saw.

-- Doug - As my Dad taught me, you're not a cabinet maker until you can hide your mistakes.

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#4 posted 03-15-2011 11:58 PM

I want to thank all for your input and will most likley be purchasing the ss contractor, unless I spring for the extra 600 bucks, then it will be the 1 3/4 cabinet saw, thx

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