Tool review: 3-HP Tablesaws
Some miter gauges stand out
Here we saw real differences. A couple saws come with old-school, ho-hum miter gauges with three miter stops and no frills. Four others add width adjusters on the bars to remedy a sloppy fit in the miter slot. The remaining saws include upgraded miter gauges with extra detent stops (top photo), additional adjustments (center photo), and large, comfortable handles.
•Cut quality. An expensive saw won't make a bad blade cut better, so it makes sense to outfit the saw with a high-quality blade. Four machines come with a blade, but only one made furniture-quality cuts in our tests. When we outfitted the others with a new, premium blade, we saw improvement with each one.
•Dust collection. These saws fall into three categories for gathering dust: those with only a dust port at the bottom of the cabinet; those with a blade shroud that connects directly to the dust port; and those with a blade shroud and a blade-guard mounted dust port (bottom photo). Generally, saws with blade shrouds outperformed those without; guard-mounted ports proved a mixed bag.
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