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SawStop Professional Cabinet Saw
SawStop 3Hp PCS w/ 52" Fence:
was fantstic. I got it for a great price, it was very
reliable and precise, and it was built like a tank and would have
lasted several lifetimes. But I was presented with an opportunity to
to a SawStop and I jumped in primarily due to the automatic blade brake
to provide an extra layer of safety for me and my daughters (since they
have started to join me in the shop occasionally).
No damage. Rails inspected at dealer.
Everything well packaged.
Amazing directions. Almost _too_ detailed.
Fantastic packaging of fasteners/accessories.
Easy to install mobile base inside cabinet.
Paint is well done. Seems powder coated (not positive though).
Wings not perfectly flat. Rails helped straighten, but still not
perfect. Certainly good-enough for woodworking through, and they've
Extension table can't get flat at rear. Front ok. Rear dips 1/8"+ish at
end. Again - no issue in usage.
**Count warning labels.
Cast iron is nicely ground.
Sits 1"ish lower than my Uni. Creates problems for surrounding tables.
To solve this issue I ditched the integrated base and built a
custom-welded base to raise the table top to the correct height for my
shop. (wanna buy a barely-used integrated base?? - email me!)
Miter slots spaced a bit wider than my Uni. Need to redo slots on my
Needed help for getting downstairs, mobile base, wings, front fence
rail, aligning extension.
Setup of brake?
Mobile base works great on concrete. Rolls over foam pads better than expected.
Mobile base negated a bit by my need for a 1" pedestal.
Guard / riving knife?
Durability of outfeed table.
No more of a saw than my uni.
Purchased mainly for blade brake.
Excalibur vs guard/riving?
- Unifence (stays accurate,
adjustable fore/aft, tall & short faces).
tilt. The rip fence tape measure is always accurate regardless of the
blade thickness (unlike a left tilt) - very important to me because I
use dado blades often. The motor cover is on the right side of the saw
cabinet which allows me to add a sliding table to the left side of the
saw as a potential future upgrade. The much discussed and thoroughly
overblown safety issues with bevel rips are easily addressed by moving
the fence to the left of the blade on the rare occasion I need to make
- 2 wrench blade changes. Much improved and safer than
"single wrench with wood block" method. It's amazing how such a simple
upgrade can be so useful.
- 2 cast iron wings provide large flat stable saw top.
- All cast iron and fence table sufaces were well
within Delta's tolerances for flatness.
- Magnetic switch is a nice safety feature for power
switch is in a very convenient location. You can easily get to the on
button when needed, but it's a recessed button to prevent inadvertant
starting. The stop button is a large red mushroom that is very easy to
push with your hip or leg while your hands are controlling the stock -
but it takes enough effort such that it doesn't get tripped
- Plenty of built-in storage for accessories. There are
brackets on the left of the cabinet for storing the rip fence or dado
fence when not in use. There are convenient slots in the motor cover to
store the arbor wrenches and rip fence. The shelf under the fence table
is a great spot for your extra blades, tenoning jig, etc.
- The footprint of the saw cabinet is actually smaller
a contractors saw because the motor is located inside the cabinet
instead of hanging off the back.
- Delta customer support is very helpful once you reach
- Mobile base works amazingly well.
- Quiet (compared to my old saws anyway).
- Powerful. The saw hasn't bogged down on any cut no
matter the wood type or thickness.
- 52" capacity rip fence is great.
- Extras with LE package (blade, table board, shelf, 2
CI wings, ZCI, base, etc).
- Woodworker's Supply was very helpful.
was great. The saw was delivered on a flat bed with a lift gate. The
driver brough the saw off the truck and rolled it all the way into my
- Packed securely - no shipping damage.
- Solid, sturdy. Built like a tank. I expect this to
last longer than me.
- Made in the USA.
- Dust collection works fairly well.
- Excellent manual with clear instructions.