SawStop contractor saw or 1.75hr cabinet saw

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Forum topic by Alan72 posted 12-13-2012 03:24 AM 2895 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-13-2012 03:24 AM

Sold my saw today for $350.00, on Dec 2nd I cut my middle finger with my delta contractor saw, thank God I only had to get stitches.Sitting in the ER my wife told me to get a Sawstop and no I didn’t stick my finger into the blade for a new saw! I’am not sure whats the difference between the contractor and the cabinet saw both have 1.75hr motor. The contractor saw wth 36” fence is $500.00 less with all the accessories ie (cast iron wings, dado insert and cartage). Any help would be greatful.

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#1 posted 12-13-2012 03:28 AM

I would spend the extra on the cabinet saw.
You’re getting cabinet mounted trunions, a much more stable running saw and better dust collection.
Really no contest.

With the sawstop contractor saw you’d be making a lateral move from a contractor saw to a contractor saw with blade stopping technology. With the sawstop cabinet saw, you’re moving to a true cabinet saw, which may be the last you’ll ever buy.

I have the 1.75HP 36” fence sawstop cabinet saw on my short list for early next year. I have a delta contractor saw I’m not completely happy with either.

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#2 posted 12-13-2012 03:30 AM

sounds like a good plan.

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#3 posted 12-13-2012 03:39 AM

The 3hp Professional Cabinet Saw is only $600 more. If there is any way you can make it happen it is worth it. Even if it means waiting awhile. Check out the reviews and comments.

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#4 posted 12-13-2012 04:30 AM

I traded up from a Jet contractor saw to a SawStop cabinet saw. It is definitely worth going with the cabinet saw. It is a much more solid, stable saw. I spent the extra money on the 3HP version. I have found myself realizing how effortlessly it will cut big stock. 8/4 hard maple doesn’t slow it down. I think I still feed stock fairly slow because I had less powerful saws for so long. It is nice having the extra HP. I resisted the idea of the 3hp for a while, but I think it is the last saw I am going to buy for a long time, so decided to go for it. If you can swing it, I recommend it.

Either way you are going to be happy with the SS.

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#5 posted 12-14-2012 04:08 AM

your paying 1/4 more to get 10 times as long of a life. Defiantly go cabinet

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#6 posted 12-14-2012 10:39 PM

Thanks for all of your responses, I went and purchesed the cabinet saw today. I’am having it delieved next Thursday. I went with the 1.75 motor. I wanted the 3hrs motor but I would need to run breaker box to the garage and I know that would be another few hundred so I went with 1.75 motor. I’ll give updates when I get it. Thanks again for the advice.

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#7 posted 12-14-2012 10:56 PM

I’m green with envy lol!

I’m buying the 1.75HP version for the same reasons. I don’t have 220 and don’t want to run it as my shop space is rented.

Where did you buy it?

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#8 posted 12-14-2012 11:07 PM

I bought it locally at Marsh Power tools in Livonia Mi. It was actually cheaper than amazon and I would rather help a local business

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