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#1 posted 10-04-2020 12:45 PM

I have a 1.75 HP Ridgid and it can rip 3 inch oak once I bought a good rip blade, but being older, no riving knife which I consider the most important safety feature. So I use half a dozen fixed splitter throat plates. If you are willing to put up with that, then there are used “real” saws available. A Delta for instance. For me, the second most important safety feature is the bigger and heavier. I won’t use a benchtop and about half the job-site scare me to death. With any saw, sleds, jigs, feather boards etc are what makes it safe(er). I wish our saws had blade slow down brakes as a lot of injuries are from clearing stock or reaching for a cutoff while it is still spinning down.

The SawStop, even a fully loaded one, IS cheaper than one hospital trip and fortunately, they do make a good saw, not just a gimmick. With good blades, the low HP PCS is not terribly expensive. As I said, job site saws do not make me conformable to use. Any cut that does not feel comfortable, I just don’t do.

Never met anyone who said their saw was too big and heavy. Seems like most of us go small first because of the cost, but then buy again to upgrade, so being cheap is actually expensive.

FWIW, the INCRA fence takes up a HUGE amount of space. Vega is more traditional.

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