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Best Buy Shop Saw
Tom Hohl, Hermantown, Minn.: “I’ve used several types and brands of saws for many different woodworking projects over the years, but my absolute favorite is my SawStop Professional Cabinet Saw. The blade will stop in less than five milliseconds because a pulsed electrical signal transmitted through the blade recognizes the difference between wood and flesh on a person’s finger. The blade stops and retracts back into the table in what I’d call an ‘instant’.
“I have several electrically conductive blades with different kerfs that I use for ripping or cross-cutting different types of wood. Non-conductive blades won’t work. The SawStop is very well made, has plenty of power from the 3-hp. motor, and is easy to calibrate for small, medium, or large cuts.
“The 36-in. wide table is very solid. The saw is easy to move by lowering the retractable wheels. I’ve used the saw to rip and crosscut dry and green lumber into pieces just 1/8 in. wide. There’s never any binding or burning because the fence and rail are very substantial and lock into place on both sides of the table without any play.
“I’ve used several different blades and the saw performs flawlessly. The dust collector works very well so my shop stays clean no matter what type of wood I’m cutting.
“Thankfully, I’ve never used the blade stop feature, but I know it works because you can test it with a hot dog.
“I recently bought a router table for my saw. It mounts securely to the left side of the table with four bolts and stands on two adjustable legs, so it’s perfectly aligned with the saw table. Using this for routing collects the dust and lumber chips and is far easier than working on a separate table with a vise and clamps to hold the material.
“This whole setup is more expensive than other saws without the stop feature, but I think it’s well worth the investment. Lower priced portable and smaller SawStop models would also be worth looking at.”

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