enerally speaing, 10-in. cabinet saws have much in com-
mn. But, iven a clse l, ntable iffeences beint sh. A fe sas ffe impve safety featues; fexample, thee n have ivin nives, a bi impvement vetaitinal splittes. Sme manufactues ae impvin cnve-
nience, with features such as easy-access switches and one built-in
mbile base. In aitin, thee ae bi pice iffeences, fm al f abut $975 t a hih f almst $3,300.
To find out if any of the saws stand out from the bunch, I looedat 13 popular models side by side in the
F testin cnsistency, I eviee left-tilt mels. The Launa
was an exception, because it is available only as a right-tilt model.
All f the sas ae 3-hp, 220v mels.
Safety is getting its due
A 10-in. tablesa spins shap, ha teeth at aun 120 miles pehu. Use ppely, it can mae all sts f useful cuts safely.Use imppely, it can cut thuh sin an bne in an instant sht a cutff at yu lie it as fie fm a cannn. S it asencuain t see safety ettin its ue n sme machines.
SawStop senses skin, stops blade instantly—
The SaStpsa featues a emaable safety evice, a bae that stps a spin-
ning blade within 3 to 5 milliseconds when the blade touches sin. At the same time, the entire arbor and blade drop below the table-top to further reduce the ris of injury. The brae wors so quicly that an errant finger pushed into the blade would end up with only
a shall nic athe than a eep cut an amputatin. when the safety evice fies, it uins the bae an the blae. A eplacement bae catie csts abut $80. But the cst f a
cartridge and blade is a whole lot less than that of a hand surgeon
an hspital stay. o, even se, the lss f a fine.
A riving knife is important—
Taling to people who have hadtablesaw injuries, I’ve learned that most of them were hurt by ic-bac, not body contact with a spinning blade. kicbac generally
SawStop blade brake.
This ingenious device on the SawStop stops a spinning sawblade the instant the blade is touched. Instead of a trip tothe hospital, the user ends up with only a shallow cut.
In an emergency, the jumbo-size switch on thePowermatic PM2000 can be easily reached with a knee. The green-glowing center lets you know that the saw is powered up.