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04-01-2014 02:46 PM

Topic tags/keywords: sawstop

I don’t have any friends who appreciate my latest investment, so I thought I would brag about it here instead.

I was finally able to purchase a SawStop Professional 3hp last week and can’t be more pleased. I’m upgrading from a Craftsman 10” aluminum frame and I am thrilled at the difference.

I wanted the 52” but the 36” was all I could fit in my shop and even then, I have to move it around when working with large pieces. ....but I’m not complaining.

It took me three evenings to put it all together, but this past weekend I was able to break it in with a new project. and yes….I giggled my ass off after making the first few cuts. : D

Since I purchased it during March, I had my pick between a free mobile base or a the dust collector arm. Since I wanted both, I bought the base and sent the rebate off for the collector. I need to quickly get to making a dust collection system for this guy. If anybody has made one, I would very much appreciate photos!

-- April, WilkerDo's

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#1 posted 04-01-2014 02:51 PM

I love a good big saw. Glad you picked the 3 hp. You can melt thru 12/4 if you have to. (That’s what I do…oops)

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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#2 posted 04-01-2014 02:52 PM


Seriously, congratulations! I’m envious, or jealous, or whatever the right words are.

I have been eyeing that or the 1.75 for quite some time. It’s a huge investment, but when I can do it, I’m going to pull the trigger.
I’ll be interested in seeing how you like yours, or any comments you may have about it. Were you able to buy locally, or did you have it shipped?


-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#3 posted 04-01-2014 02:52 PM

Congrats April…nice looking shop BTW…..

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#4 posted 04-01-2014 02:53 PM

And a solid investment it is, congratulations April.

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#5 posted 04-01-2014 02:56 PM

That is the saw I want to upgrade too.. Nice piece of equipment!

-- My workshop blog can be found at

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#6 posted 04-01-2014 03:01 PM

You SUCK…!!!

That’s a great upgrade, you went from a chevy with the wheels falling off, the paint gone, to a Mercedes.
Enjoy your new toy..

Sandra, if you can go for the 3hp, it’s a worthwhile investment to have the extra HP.

-- Jeff NJ

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#7 posted 04-01-2014 03:06 PM

Yes! I figured I would get a better response on here. It so disappointing to be so excited about something and everybody around me say “neat” when I tell them. haha, oh well…that’s the way of things.

hahaha Sandra I will take your shouty caps as very positive. ; ) I was actually eyeing the 1.75 as well, but with the special they were running in March I was going to end up paying something like $200 less for the 1.75 vs the 3. Well shoot….$200 is such a small price to go ahead and upgrade to the full Monte, so that’s how I ended up with the 3hp.

I actually have two local stores that stock SawStops! So I was lucky enough to be able to go right to the store and pick it up. (with a trailer. and man power) (I totally bribed men with a homemade dinner if they would unload it for me).

It is a huge investment…..huge huge actually. But! this is the saw that I was going to end up with eventually so instead of buying a top of the line Grizzy and then upgrading again in 4-5 years I went ahead and just saved a little more to buy this one that will last me my whole shop life. Plus, I don’t have kiddos yet so it’s still easy for me to spend this much money on myself.

-- April, WilkerDo's

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#8 posted 04-01-2014 03:17 PM

Nice new toy!

Now all you have to make for it is a crosscut sled. Ever since I made mine, I’ve been wondering what took me so long.

You said it right…. it was an investment .. not just another tool purchase. It’s always cheaper to invest in good tools than purchase lesser quality tools. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it as much as I enjoy my 3hp saw.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA

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#9 posted 04-01-2014 03:23 PM

Congratulations! I like my old iron woodworking tools, but even I have been thinking about the lure of a sawstop.

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#10 posted 04-01-2014 03:24 PM

I was just starting to like you, too. Now I have to hate you ;-)

-- The secret to getting ahead is getting started.

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#11 posted 04-01-2014 03:33 PM

Congrats April…I’m a noob here and I can feel your pain.

I’m sure a lot of those eye-rolling friends of yours, especially the guys only wish they new how to actually use a shop like yours.

I have a brother who comes over and sees me covered in sawdust and mutters….”you know you can go to IKEA and buy that already cut and ready to put together right?” That’s his idea of woodworking…putting together IKEA furniture.

Great job and I’d love to see some more photos of your shop setup.

-- "There's no shame in not owning tools......just like there's no shame in holding your wife's purse for a minute." --- Donnie

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#12 posted 04-01-2014 03:33 PM

I understand Cory. I would hate me too. ; )

A crosscut sled is on the list!

Am I the only one with a list that never seems to get shorter? I feel like I’m in a game a Tetris….where no matter how much I do, projects still seem to always pile up faster than I can get to them.

-- April, WilkerDo's

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#13 posted 04-01-2014 03:37 PM

BigCountryAg: Yes! Great example. I get that all the time “you know you can just buy that right?”....I guess if you don’t enjoy this hobby then you just don’t get it.

My mom told me the other day “April, you don’t have to make everything”. I said “I know, but I want to.” hehehe.

If you would like to see my shop, I have a shop tour video posted to my youtube account. : ) Let me know what you think.

-- April, WilkerDo's

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#14 posted 04-01-2014 03:41 PM

(facepalm) doubt on that April.

I have three very handy and capable teenage boys (14, 16 & 18 y.o.) and I still can’t seem to get everything done.

-- "There's no shame in not owning tools......just like there's no shame in holding your wife's purse for a minute." --- Donnie

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#15 posted 04-01-2014 03:46 PM

Way to go April it’s a great saw enjoy and congrats.

-- Custom furniture

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