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CharlesA

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I have a very specific question. If I am looking at two basically equivalent table saws, let’s say Powermatic, and one is a 1.75 hp contractor saw with 30” fence and the other is a 1.75 hp cabinet saw with 30” fence, outside of dust collection, what advantage would I gain from the cabinet saw?

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson


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#1 posted 208 days ago

Prestige

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#2 posted 208 days ago

Cabinet saw should have beefier trunions and internal parts.

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#3 posted 208 days ago

And that would make it more durable?

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#4 posted 208 days ago

More stable, easier and longer lasting tuning. But heck, I have a contractor saw so I can’t really say how much better.

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#5 posted 208 days ago

1. Contractor saws in many instances have table-mounted trunnions (harder to adjust blade alignment); cabinet saws are equipped with cabinet-mounted trunnions (easier to adjust).

2. Cabinet enclosure may cut down on noise and result in more efficient dust collection.

3. The increased weight of the cabinet saw might make it more stable.

But if your in the market for a sub-2HP table saw, you might want to carefully consider the price/performance quotient of each option.

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DIYaholic

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#6 posted 208 days ago

A hernia loading &/or unloading!!! ;^)

Durability, and if I’m not mistaken, mass = less vibration, so better/smoother cuts.

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#7 posted 208 days ago

Are you skipping over the hybrid saws completely or do you mean hybrid by either contractor or cabinet?

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#8 posted 208 days ago

A quality cabinet saw will be heavier, better designed with sturdier components (trunion, motor mount, table), easier to adjust and maintain adjustment much longer, and far more accurate.

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#9 posted 208 days ago

I’m skipping over hybrid b/c it relates to SS and PM, and neither one carries a hybrid. They each have contractors as expensive as low-cost cabinet saws, and I was just wondering what one lost by buying the contractor.

I understand that it has sturdier components, etc., but how would it be “far more” accurate?

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#10 posted 208 days ago

Cabinet saws are heavier less lightly to tip over when sawing sheet goods,They usually have more HP and better fences,many have extended tables,in general they are built better,they have better resale value,most have larger tops and better miter gauges. Purchasing a cabinet saw can be the the last table saw you will every need to purchase if you get the right saw, eliminating the need to up grade as a persons experience grows.
Do you have to have a cabinet saw to do good work? No! Folks can do great work without a table saw at all.

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CharlesA

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#11 posted 208 days ago

I understand that cabinet saws can have extended tables and more hp. In that case they are clearly better. I’m not comparing a 5hp 52” cabinet saw to a contractor. My question was very specific: when they have the same size tables and the same hp motors, what makes them better?

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#12 posted 208 days ago

That aspect was adressed.

Weight
Trunions
Ease/lasting of tuning
Resale
Dust collection
Vibration dampening due to mass

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#13 posted 208 days ago

My 2 cents. How do you plan to use it. Hobby or professional? That sort of thing.
My contractor saw is much more capable than me.

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#14 posted 208 days ago

You can buy a Ford Focus or a Ford Truck, they’re both going to get you from point A to point B.
I say if none of the answers above make any sense, buy the contractors saw.
If you looking for an answer that makes the cabinet saw 100 times better it ain’t going to happen. Both saws will make the cut, it’s the above answers that make the cabinet saw more preferable.

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#15 posted 208 days ago

Do you need to move it around, to job sites? If so, get a contractor saw.

For many years a portable saw was all I had. It can be a good thing to have. Small portables can be mounted in a Rousseau Table with out feed table and Beisemeyer style fence. Stable, nice sized table, and accurate too. It gives you the benefits of a portable saw and most of the capability of a cabinet saw.

I now have both a DeWalt contractors portable saw for field work with the Rouseau set up when I need it and a Delta Unisaw in the shop. They both have their place.

If you ONLY plan to work in a shop setting, then buy a cabinet saw.

-- http://www.basswoodmodular.com/Tri-Horse-Builder-Plans-p/thbp.htm

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