Review

SawStop’s 1-3/4-hp Professional Cabinet Saw brings all the features I like in its heavier-duty tablesaws into a more affordable price range for the home woodworker.
This machine, though still a sizable investment at $2,300, features the same cabinet, top, and trunnion-and-arbor assembly as the company’s 3-hp Professional Saw, but with a lighter-duty motor and rip fence. And, as with all SawStop tablesaws, this model has flesh-detecting technology that stops the blade before it can cut deeply into your fingers. The motor runs on 110-volt electrical circuits, a nice option for home shops where 220-volt service might not be available. I ripped 2"-thick red oak to test this saw’s mettle, and although it bogged down slightly, it slowed no more than other 110-volt tablesaws. Decreasing the feed rate solved this issue. I tested the base model for the PCS175 series, which comes with an aluminum T-square-style rip fence and 30" rip capacity. This fence barely moved in my deflection test, and its smooth sidewalls proved straight and square to the tabletop. You can upgrade to a Biesemeyer-like fence in 36" (add $175) or 52" (add $275) rip capacities. I really like the ease of swapping between the one-piece splitter/blade guard and the shark-fin riving knife: It takes just a quick turn of a lever. And the throat insert features a handle that locks it in place when pushed down. —Tested by Bob Baker

Product

Performance

5
Average: 5 (1 vote)

Features

5
Average: 5 (1 vote)

Ease of Use

5
Average: 5 (1 vote)

Value

4
Average: 4 (1 vote)
4.8
out of 5