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11-02-2011 08:15 AM

Topic tags/keywords: sawstop 175hp tablesaw question resource

I would like to know peoples thoughts on the professional cabinet saw that is 1.75 hp by Sawstop. Please let me know your experience with the saw ie have you had any issues of it bogging down while doing a cut and if so what were you feeding it ? Thanks in advance.

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#1 posted 11-02-2011 09:56 AM

I purchased one for my classroom this year and so far no problems, great saw. If you keep a sharp blade on it you should not have an issue with it.

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#2 posted 11-02-2011 04:27 PM

I have the 1.75 contractor. On 8/4 oak it will bog down with a WWII combo blade if I use a dedicated rip blade it’s fine.

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#3 posted 11-02-2011 05:03 PM

i do not have 220 in my shop and i am wondering if it would be to any benefit to me to rewire my shop and get the 3 hp instead of the 1.75 hp. i am just a novice woodworker will not be needing my table saw for work or any production purposes.

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#4 posted 11-02-2011 05:26 PM

If it is at all possible, I would think about going with a 3 hp or even larger, if you can afford it. A 1.75 (to me) is under powered for most ww projects. If you get into cutting some thick stock like 8/4, or even ripping a sheet of ply, the saw could/might bog down into the cut, bind, burn, or even try to kick back on you…A little more hp is just “added insurance” to get the job done. I know nothing at all about a SawStop, but my Unisaw is 220, and any machines you add later to your shop will require 220 and 110. Plenty of 110 and 220 outlets is a must for ww…..Go the 3 hp… won’t be sorry…!!!!!!!! Even if you don’t use the saw a whole lot, you want it there, beefy, and ready to go to work when you’re ready to use it without the hassles.

-- " There's a better way.....find it"...... Thomas Edison.

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#5 posted 11-02-2011 05:31 PM

I agree that 1.75 HP will handle most things. I used one with pleasure for 20 yrs. That said, I have been thrilled with my 3 HP General. My feeling is that you should get the 3 HP SawStop if you can afford it and can also spend a couple hundred bucks on the 220 line. The table saw is the centerpiece of the woodworker’s world, both geographically in the shop layout, and also in terms of its critical role in almost all projects. It’s easy to err on the side of getting a higher power and a higher quality (e.g. the safety feature of SawStop) when it comes to getting a TS.

-- Paul, Clinton, NC

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#6 posted 11-02-2011 05:35 PM

I was considering purchasing one of these for my shop, I have since changed my mind after reading about some of the details on the saw, such as, putting on the lockout for softer materials, what happens if this lockout is assumed to be on?

With this saw, I just feel the safety feature will breed my own carelessness and complacency. The ability to lose a finger due to carelessness is still present, ultimately proving that the best safety feature in the shop is the carefulness of the person operating the tool.

So ultimately I decided to save 1200 bucks to forgoe having the safety feature and went with the plain old fashioned “keep your fingers out of there!” Powermatic Contractor saw.

Aside from all of that, it all depends on what you’re going to use the saw for, if you are going to want the ability to cross cut long sheets and/or rip 2 + feet long 4/2 or 4/4 hard maple, you will probably want the more powerful 3hp. If you only intend on using the saw to cross cut or rip small stuff, then the 1.75 is all you will ever need.

Then again, the 3hp is only 600 dollars more and has the extra added feature of the table extension.

In the end it all depends on how much money you have to spend, and what you intend on using it for.

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#7 posted 11-02-2011 05:38 PM

I considered the 1.75 HP sawstop but decided that I didn’t want to limit my future woodworking by getting a potentially underpowered saw. I was nervous about how much the rewiring might cost but it was actually very inexpensive (for my shop, YMMV). When getting the wiring done I had a few more outlets converted which enabled me to also get a 220v jointer and dust collector. I think it was less that $200 for parts and labour to have an electrician come. He converted two outlets and installed a third.

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#8 posted 11-02-2011 05:57 PM

I will chime in here and say that rewiring to 220v is not as intimidating as some people think it is. You can do it very inexpensively if you provide the materials and most of the labor yourself. By that I mean running your own wire and conduit and just leaving the actual connections to the electrician. No reason to have him sweating in an attic or running conduit in your shop at $60+/hr when you can do that yourself. The only thing I would check is to make sure you have sufficient room in your breaker box. Each 220v circuit will take up two normal breaker spaces since it needs to be connected to both of the 110v legs.

Things aren’t too bad cost wise as long as you have sufficient space and capacity available in your breaker box. If you don’t and you have to add a subpanel, then things get a lot more expensive.

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#9 posted 11-02-2011 06:13 PM

+1 on it’s easy. I did mine myself, it there were no issues, pull the wire from breaker box to new outlett, connect new outlet, onbreaker box put plack wire1 on breaker 1 on leg 1 put other color wire(red i think) on breaker2 on leg2 put white and copper on neutral bar.

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#10 posted 11-02-2011 06:52 PM

^I did my 220V “half” myself. Had the sparky put in the box and I connected/added breakers. I think comparing a 3hp to a 1.75 is kind of apples to oranges. If you can afford a 3hp/220, that’s the clear choice IMO.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#11 posted 11-03-2011 04:51 AM

I want to thank everyone for their advice and i am going to do the “American” thing and buy the 3hp saw!

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#12 posted 11-04-2011 04:03 AM

Finally convinced my better half that I need a table saw. Since my 10 yr old likes to work with me in the shop, it’s gonna be a sawstop. I am curious about some of the comments about the 1.75hp being underpowered for cutting plywood. The 3hp model is 600 bucks more, wouldn’t a track saw be better for sizing plywood? I have the same dilema as the OP, no 220 in my garage/shop and since our box is about at capacity, would probably need to do a lot of rewiring. So would most situations be covered with a 1.75hp saw and save up for a track saw to do plywood?


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#13 posted 11-05-2011 04:16 AM

the question you have to ask yourself Nikko18 is do you plan on buying any other power tools that may require 220 and if you do you would be better served just taking the plunge now and rewiring your shop/garage for 220. the thing that sealed the deal for me to get the 3hp was that i felt i was just getting a fancy contractor saw in the 1.75 hp. the reason i was looking at a cabinet saw in the first place was power and stability, thus the impetus to sell my contractor saw and buy a cabinet saw. i really liked the unisaw by delta but for about the same price the added peace of mind that the sawstop gives is priceless, which does not give one a license to indulge in reckless abandon.

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#14 posted 11-07-2011 05:23 AM

Professional cabinet saw and 1.75 hp is an oxymorn

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#15 posted 11-07-2011 06:02 AM

Yeah, what David says

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