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03-20-2017 09:51 PM

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This is not a which brand of table saw to buy question. I’ve decided (and it’s just my opinion) that for me, as I get older, the safety mechanism of the sawstop is a no brainer. Your opinion may vary. I respect that.

My 1985 Delta/Rockwell constractors saw has had mucho use over the years. It’s been a workhorse and reliable. It’s still going strong but I can hear the bearing wine sometimes and I think it’s got some play in it and is contributing to my inaccurate and rougher saw mark cuts. I always said that when something gives like this or the motor or whatever, I’d just sell it and get a new one after all this time.

I just came back from Rocklers and looked at the Sawstops. I think I’d like to spring for the cabinet saw. Pricey… God are they, but they sure look sweet. That upgrade has the cast iron wings and all. Right now I have a dedicated #10 wire going to a 110 circuit breaker. I could easily upgrade the breaker to 220, no problem. Now… there is a price difference between the 1 3/4 hp (110V) and the 3 hp (220V). My old saw was fairly acceptable at 1 3/4hp cutting hardwoods with a good blade.

Question: For anyone with either of these saws. Is the smaller hp adequate or maybe more than adequate, or should I move to the 3hp? Will I wish I had moved to the larger one later on or will I say the smaller one is doing just fine. Sawstop owners, please give me your opinions.

Most of my wood is hardwoods. Lots of cherry which isn’t a hard, hardwood, but still some oak, hard maple, etc which can challenge a saw.


-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#1 posted 03-20-2017 10:12 PM

I have the 3hp pcs 36” and love everything about it, my previous saw saw a was a 1.75 hp and definitely notice a difference especially cutting 8/4 material, especially if it’s not a brand new blade, I would definitely buy it again if had the choice. Considering I added a sub panel in the garage because of the saw and love having options in the future with tools

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#2 posted 03-20-2017 10:18 PM

I have the 3hp 52” PCS and love it. I’m not sure if the extra HP is needed or not.
I was attracted to both the 1.75 and 3hp models with 36 or 52” fence.

I don’t think you can go wrong. I actually like the motor layout on the PCS better than the ICS because my rolling cabinet still fits under the wing.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#3 posted 03-20-2017 10:41 PM

I have the 3hp 36”. Never had a bog One project used a Loy of 8/4 hard maple. Smooth and easy

-- You can't always get what you want. But if you try sometimes you just might find, you'll get what you need

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#4 posted 03-20-2017 10:43 PM

I have the contractor saw because I move every couple of years and need the mobility. While the quality is great and I love the saw I do wish I had a 3HP. I was ripping some 8/4 white oak this week and had to be careful of the feed rate to not completely bog the saw down. It has cut everything I have thrown at it but I some thicker hardwoods required a gentleler hand.

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#5 posted 03-20-2017 10:44 PM

I have the PCS 1.75hp machine with the 36” fence … in the 5 years I have had it, I have never had a problem cutting anything, including some 8/4 hard maple and 5/4 white oak.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#6 posted 03-20-2017 11:38 PM

I don’t have a saw stop but have had a contractor saw and different tables saws with 3 hp and 3 hp is the way to go in my in my eyes..

Good luck

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#7 posted 03-20-2017 11:46 PM

I have a sawtop 3hp 36 inch and love it, even without the safety feature, it is a fine table saw, RJ

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#8 posted 03-20-2017 11:50 PM

More food for thought…

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#9 posted 03-20-2017 11:57 PM

I had the 1.75hp version and eventually upgraded it to the 3hp. I cut a lot of 8/4 hardwoods and found that the 1.75hp sometimes would bog down, esp if the wood pinched the blade at all. Have never had that problem since upgrading to 3hp.

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#10 posted 03-21-2017 12:52 AM

I myself would like to hear the good and the bad about sawstop (other than price!). I have been saving up over the last 2 years for the 5HP ICS. Overkill…absolutely! But I figured this would be the last table saw I buy and my digits are my life, in more than one way. I am overly safe when working around tools, but accidents happen. So thats my reason to buy one.

-- Brandon

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#11 posted 03-21-2017 01:03 AM

I have the 3hp 52” saw stop. I would recommend the 3hp if I was cutting a lot of 8/4. Just the occasional 8/4 board I would go with the 1 3/4.

Saw was dead on, or close enough for me, right out of box. Fence needed slight adjustment to 90 degrees of table. My only gripe after 6 months, needs access door at bottom of cabinet. The one large door is full of dust collector hose making it hard to clean out the cabinet.

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#12 posted 03-21-2017 01:23 AM

I have the 1 3/4 36” that I have had for a little over a year now I have had it bog down a couple times in hard maple so I went to a narrow kerf blade, since then it has not been a bother at all.
My only gripe with the sawstop was the mobile base if I was getting another I would upgrade that base to the heavy duty one.

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#13 posted 03-21-2017 01:38 AM

You know how the 1.75 hp motor works for you You should know whether you need the extra power or not. The only thing I might upgrade is go to the 36” fence. I went with the stock fence. It locks and cut square but I think it might be a little lightweight in the long run.

There is no bad. It currently is the best built saw on the market then you have the safety on top of that.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#14 posted 03-21-2017 01:46 AM

If possible the cross cut table would be a great addition to whichever model you choose.

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#15 posted 03-21-2017 01:47 AM

Spend the money on the 3hp model. It’s cheaper to buy the 3hp one than buying the smaller one first.

If you’re serious about woodworking, get the big one. You’ll never wish you got the bigger one if you get the 3hp version.

I think you’ll enjoy it more than your kids will enjoy the inheritance.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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