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MDFDoom

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10-15-2021 01:03 PM

Topic tags/keywords: sawstop contractor cns accuracy

Just curious if anyone who has the CNS with the 36 fence and cast iron wings could comment on the Accuracy, Fit, and Finish of the contractor saw. I know most people say to go for the PCS, but I’m in a basement workshop and getting down stairs/ doorway is a major consideration. So I think the CNS would just make it more feasible in my space vs the PCS which seems to be the gold standard. I get DC won’t be as good, but everything else would be comparable?

Thank you in advance!


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w78

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#1 posted 10-15-2021 01:47 PM

what about hiring a moving company or junk haulers to get the pcs into the basement? ive read that some of them will move heavy stuff for you

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#2 posted 10-15-2021 01:59 PM

Yeah I thought about that. I guess 2 people should be able to pick it up and take it down, it was more the dimensions. I think width wise it is fine, its more how much longer (height) the base it comparatively. I currently have the R4520 and it sort of is closer to the contractor saw in terms of shape coming out of the box. It was tight getting down with 2 people.

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#3 posted 10-15-2021 06:59 PM

I don’t believe a contractor saw is an option over a cabinet saw. If you will be doing fine work, you need the power and accuracy of a cabinet saw. A contractor saw is just that a saw used by a contractor for on-the-job cutting, not fine work.

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MDFDoom

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#4 posted 10-15-2021 07:08 PM



I don t believe a contractor saw is an option over a cabinet saw. If you will be doing fine work, you need the power and accuracy of a cabinet saw. A contractor saw is just that a saw used by a contractor for on-the-job cutting, not fine work.

- MrRon

Thanks MrRon, are you referring to the Jobsite saw? I feel like with a cast iron top and Tglide fence it wouldn’t be taken on the job site right?

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#5 posted 10-15-2021 09:34 PM

Unless cost is a massive issue, I would 100% go with the PCS over the contractor saw. It isn’t hard to bring a cabinet saw down a set of stairs. It comes disassembled, and the base only weighs a couple hundred pounds. Two strong people can easily maneuver it down stairs. The top is heavy, but small in size.

There’s only one way the contractor saw is better: cost. Every other aspect the PCS is superior.

I packed up and moved a Unisaw into a hatchback by myself. It’s really not that bad. If worst comes to worst, you can even remove the motor, which makes the base much, much lighter.

Get the PCS and the mobile base.

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MDFDoom

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#6 posted 10-15-2021 09:49 PM

I appreciate everyone’s responses. Part of my question: Is the contractor saw good though in terms of accuracy and finish not comparing it to the PCS. I get the PCS is better in every way but price.

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#7 posted 10-15-2021 10:42 PM

I have the setup you describe (SS CNS with 36” fence, cast-iron wings, mobile base, & dust port adaptor). I got mine when the two choices offered were an industrial saw or contractor saw.

The CNS with the 1.75 HP motor (running at 120V) has provided all the horsepower I’ve needed to cut 8/4 maple and oak. I only need to adjust my feed rate. I must move my saw before I can use it, and it is a smooth-running saw.

I am happy with the fit/finish too. But I didn’t micrometers to set up my saw. I’m woodworking. I don’t need to be within 0.001”.

Hope this helps,

-- Doug - As my Dad taught me, you're not a cabinet maker until you can hide your mistakes.

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MDFDoom

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#8 posted 10-15-2021 10:47 PM

Thanks rcs47.

I also checked my local dealer (leevalley, I’m in Canada). the difference between the PCS and CNS is $821 (after taxes and everything). This would be the CNS with 36” fence, cast-iron wings, mobile base vs the PCS + 36’’ fence + mobile base. Maybe the price difference is smaller in the US?

I feel like coming from a R4520 either would feel like a dream.

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#9 posted 10-16-2021 01:49 AM



I’m woodworking. I don’t need to be within 0.001”.
- rcs47

Blasphemy, seize him!!

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#10 posted 10-16-2021 01:58 AM

I bought a JSS a few years ago because of “shop” size limitations. It has been used to make many a project that has a real bit of precision in the cuts, even before I grafted an Incra fence onto it. I’m looking to go to a PCS simply for more power. I used to work with tooling, and checked that JSS out in every way. It was dead-on within a couple of thousandths.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#11 posted 10-16-2021 11:50 AM

It’s not that the contractor saw is a bad saw. It’s perfectly fine. It’s that cabinet type saws are superior in every way except cost.

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bigJohninvegas

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#12 posted 10-17-2021 12:07 AM



It’s not that the contractor saw is a bad saw. It’s perfectly fine. It’s that cabinet type saws are superior in every way except cost.

- jonah

I agree here, Don’t compare a contractor saw to a cabinet saw.

But you mention that the Saw Stop CNS you are building will have the Cast iron wings, and upgraded SS fence.
I think you will be happy with it. And it will be every bit as accurate as you tune it to be.
I have had the pleasure of using the CNS, PCS, and the ICS.
The CNS is owned by a friend, while the other two are at my local woodworking school.
There is a noticeable difference in the feel, performance of a CNS vs PCS.
But if the 1.75hp of a R4520 works for you, I bet you will be good with the CNS. And I think you are giving the new saw the right upgrades. Cast Wings, and the better fence.
good luck,

oh, rent a appliance dolly to move large tools down stairs. Leave it in the boxes, or if you get a pre assembled saw, take the wings off it. dolly has a strap to secure it. Still a two man move, but makes a huge difference. Really takes the work out of it.

-- John

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#13 posted 10-17-2021 12:34 AM

I have the CNS with the standard 36” fence and pressed steel wings and setup properly it has been an excellent and accurate saw. I would probably go with the upgraded fence if I was to buy another. The standard fence is accurate and clamps square just the upgrade looks stronger. For the woodworking I do it has been and excellent saw and would buy one again. I have had this saw about 8 years now I had to put a centrifugal switch in the motor a couple of years ago. Check my projects page to get an idea of the type of woodworking I do with this s
aw.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#14 posted 10-17-2021 02:01 PM

JSS –


I have the CNS with the standard 36” fence and pressed steel wings and setup properly it has been an excellent and accurate saw. I would probably go with the upgraded fence if I was to buy another. The standard fence is accurate and clamps square just the upgrade looks stronger. For the woodworking I do it has been and excellent saw and would buy one again. I have had this saw about 8 years now I had to put a centrifugal switch in the motor a couple of years ago. Check my projects page to get an idea of the type of woodworking I do with this s
aw.

- johnstoneb


is the contractor saw 1.75 able to cut 8/4, 12/4 hard woods?

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Dark_Lightning

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#15 posted 10-17-2021 04:14 PM

I have the JSS, and you have to go pretty slow with even 6/4 in woods like oak or maple. It’s one reason I’m going to sell it and get a PCS.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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