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Posted on Concerning a new table saw

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#1 posted 01-11-2018 02:56 AM

I’ve had a Sawstop 3HP for 5 or 6 years now. X ( My son and 2 friends had saw accidents within 2 weeks. Wife said get the Sawstop NOW!)
It is lighter than my 1949 bullet motor Unisaw. Does it make that big a difference? Not really. But I agree with bigblockyeti about the intangible part. Dust collection from the 4” port is excellent. I don’t like the blade guard. Dust pickup from it is marginal and it prevents the fence from getting close to the blade. How much? Can’t remember because its in a box someplace. I would go with a guard like a Shark or Excalibur I think.
My son and I have both tripped the cartridge with the bar of a Jessem miter gauge. Both times just barely touched it, didn’t even leave a saw mark.
I tripped for real with my thumb reaching with left hand across the blade as it was ALMOST stooped. Blade hit the pad of my thumb and stung like crazy but it didn’t break the skin. If you’ve seen a real trip or a video where the saw is running you know they go off with a bang. In my case I couldn’t figure out what happened at first because it was virtually silent then I realized the blade had retracted. Saved some stitches that’s for sure.
If I had to replace what would I buy? Another Sawstop.

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