I have the 5hp industrial cabinet Saw Stop, and have now for several years, and it has performed flawlessly, I have done numerous “demo’s” with the hot dog, and it has never failed to reset to perfect positioning, it has always maintained perfect positioning, and it has cut thousands of feet of material , from thick hard maples, cherry , plywood, its been through the mill , I assure you , so dropping down to a smaller Saw and only 1 3/4 hp I was quite apprehensive , however having tested out the contractor version , I knew Saw Stop engineering had learned the importance of power transfer, having owned everything from craftsman contractor , delta contractor, as well as a Powermatic 66 , Delta unisaw and the Jet Exacta saw , all 5 hp in the bigger saws, I had grown to like the power, and performance of the bigger saws.
To say the 1 3/4 hp was a surprise is an understatement ,I ran some 8/4 cherry , some 12/4 tiger maple and found it performed flawlessly, it was quite impressive, and the new dust collection Saw Stop has incorporated is super effective, as well as the riving knife and the guard system , they actually designed one for use and that works. The saw went together effortless, instruction was dead on point, and when assembled, it was perfect in squareness and alignment, fit and finish are excellent.
I would certainly recommend this to anyone, especially for those who need a good general duty saw, I personally would prefer a larger extension table , and of course I would want a good outfeed table, but both would be easily accommodated, with those items as noted exceptions , I wouldn’t change a thing, I honestly don’t see where any improvement could be obtained, and of course its built like a tank.
I would further like to state that while Saw Stop provided the saw in the “ship to you” packaging , and we had to assemble, the saw goes to a dealer , it is not given to me, and I am under no association or pressure concerning this review, it’s exactly how I personally see it, and am totally free to express my comments in any fashion I see fit.
here are some photos of the saw during assembly and the final product (You can click on the photo to enlarge it):