Tool review: 3-HP Tablesaws
If we had to write the check...
Because of the wide price range with these tablesaws, from $1,350 to $3,300, your budget might be the primary factor in choosing one. If you can afford them, the feature-packed SawStop Professional and Delta Unisaw rise above the field and share Top Tool honors. The SawStop has the exclusive safety blade-brake -- a huge advantage over the field -- a rip fence that did not deflect at all, an easy-to-use-and-change blade guard and riving knife, a built-in mobile base, and the best dust collection.
On the other hand, Delta's made-in-the-U.S. Unisaw has our favorite blade guard and riving-knife system, a stellar miter gauge, and the largest crosscut capacity in front of the blade. The big top combines with a massive trunnion to make it the heaviest saw in the test. The Unisaw also has the best standard-issue blade, a storage drawer below the extension table, and the most routinely used controls -- blade height and bevel, riving-knife release, and a large dial bevel gauge -- all on the front of the cabinet for easy access.
If these saws prove out of your price range, then consider the Grizzly G0691, our Top Value at $1,350. With plenty of power and an easy-to-use riving knife, this Grizz gives you a lot for the money.
Learn the results of our testing of the Delta Unisaw 36-L352, General 650R-T50, General International 50-300 M1, Grizzly G0651 and G0691, Jet JTAS-1-XL50-1PK, Laguna Platinum MTS0300-0180, Powermatic PM2000, and SawStop Professional in the May 2010 issue of WOOD magazine.
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