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#1 posted 02-20-2015 03:22 AM

I am still debating over the 1 3/4 hp contractor saw versus the 3 hp cabinet saw. I get the buy the biggest you can afford but I am thinking the 3 hp is probably overkill.

From what I have read about them they seem to be well made and good saws. Does anyone have a reason on their performance that I should consider before buying? Or some reason I should not buy one based on its capabilities?

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The Saw Stop PCS 3hp is pretty comparably priced to other top tier cabinet saws in it’s price range, making the safety feature a much better bargain…almost a no brainer in the $3K range IMO. The Saw Stop contractor saw is a less expensive path to the safety feature, but runs ~ $800-$1000 more than comparable contractor saws, putting the safety feature at much more of a premium, while leaving you with quite a bit less saw than a non-SS $1700-$2000 saw would buy…it’s a good saw, but less saw than other comparably priced saws. (Odds are good you’d want to upgrade the fence and the wings, pushing it up to the $2K mark).

3hp might be overkill, but you’ll rarely read about extra power and capacity being a bad thing, and is a significantly better value IMO (~ $3K). It’s a better position to be in than not having enough power at times. Even the PCS 1.75hp is a better bang for the buck IMO (~ $2300 vs $2000). Just my 2 cents.

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