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Tool review: 3-HP Tablesaws

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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.


Comments (7)
donlknight wrote:

Just bought a new Delta 36-L552, why with a $150.00 difference between a 3hp and a 5hp would you go with a 3hp saw?

7/14/2015 12:53:18 PM Report Abuse
jakewith597 wrote:

I'm in the market for a new 10" table saw. A Delta 36-5152 can be delivered to my door for $1274.00. I've heard nothing but bad reviews about Delta though. Can anyone say anything good about the saw?

1/6/2015 12:44:18 PM Report Abuse
shelcom wrote:

I'll take a Canada Made General any day!

12/2/2010 02:17:44 PM Report Abuse
climbing123 wrote:

I bought a Sawstop four years ago. I debated between it and the PM2000, but couldn't be happier with the Sawstop. It is built so well and is so easy to use. I've never had an issue cutting 12/4 hard maple on it, while my old delta couldn't come close to handling it.

11/13/2010 12:22:52 PM Report Abuse
gilstebbins2328678 wrote:

You didn't indicate which brands of 3HP table saws were used in the review.

11/12/2010 04:16:43 AM Report Abuse
Tlotimothy wrote:

I once attended a power-tool event at the Hardwood Connection in Sycamore Illinois. Their shop foreman said he'd assembled hundreds of large-scale power tools "from the factory" over his career, and nothing came close to the fit & finish of SawStop.

11/11/2010 04:13:27 PM Report Abuse
hosford6 wrote:

I totally disagree. I have a SawStop ICS and it defiantly is not under powered. just finished cutting 50 BDFT of 10/4 White Oak no problem. The machining is excellent inside and out. Highly Recommended.

11/11/2010 12:18:39 PM Report Abuse

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