Among most table saws, the SawStop PCS31320 is exceptional with its emphasis on the tiniest details. This table saw is a cabinet one. A cabinet saw is one that has a base in the fashion of a cabinet. If you are a professional carpenter, searching for a new cabinet table saw that would fulfill most of your needs, I would strongly recommend this one. Even if you are a beginner, this is a good product to start your career with.
What This Machine Offers:
- SawStop Safety System
- 52” T-Glide Fence System
- Extended Wing and Adjustable Legs
- Works well with 10” standard blades and dado sets of 8 inch
- Enclosed Cabinet for dust collection
- Power requirement of 220V
- Lockout key
- Large Start/Stop Paddle
- Dimensions are 85.2 x 33 x 34 inches
- 3 HP Motor
- Riving knife and Left-tilting blade
- Cast iron table surface
- One year warranty
SawStop Safety System: Perhaps the most alluring feature is that this cabinet table saw offers an incredible safety mechanism. First-time users are often skeptical about table saws because of the dreaded accidents. If you are reluctant about buying one based on your fears, this saw is ideal for you. The SawStop Safety is an inbuilt detection technology. An electric signal allows the blade to detect potential anomalies. For instance, if your finger comes in contact with the blade, the signal will detect the higher electrical conductivity in your body part.
In a duration of about 2 to 5 milliseconds, an aluminum brake pawl with the help of a spring will work itself into the teeth of the blade. This technology ensures that the blade stops working immediately, thus preventing any significant injury. Any further risk is taken care of as the blade is angled underneath the table. Then as a final security, the power flow ceases instantly. You can reset the machine by altering the blade and continue working. It does not cut down on the efficiency of your job at all. The downside is that you will just find the blade irreparable.
99 percent Dust Collection
We are all a bit finicky about a dirty workplace. However, dust is a necessary evil that we have come to accept. But I found the dust collecting system in this saw actually incredible. A 4” port is provided that is meant to collect all the dust. Under the table of the saw, a shrouding system directs the turbulent air to deposit the dust in the port. On the top, a dust collection blade guard is included that removes the dust from the table for you. You can even choose to use the Thetas-ODC Overarm Dust Collection to deposit the dust collected from the table surface to the 4” port. It ensures a thoroughly clean work surface. You don’t need to worry about cleaning up after a long day of work.
A powerful motor with a 3 Horse Power output ensures that the machine is capable of dealing with any job you thrust at it. The cast iron table along with the extension wing can hold plywood sheets as large as 4 by 8. It is truly meant for professional use. But even then, it is very easy to put together. However, the motor will require an input of 220V.
A riving knife included with the saw is particularly useful when you are making a dado or groove cut. It even controls the kickback and is far better than a splitter. A riving knife is built to move with the motion of the saw blade and safeguards you from stray debris. Stray pieces of wood are annoying while you try to focus on the work. The blade is left-tilting and controls the binding when you go against the fence. It will provide a precise cut for 3 to 1/8 inch thickness. Even at 45 degrees, it can penetrate 2-1/4 inches. It is compatible with 8” dados as well.
52” T-Glide Fence System
The table saw does include a few other safety features. The Lockout Key ensures that it cannot be turned on by anyone whom you haven’t authorized to use the machine. It would not be an issue anymore if a kid stumbles into your workplace by accident. Not with the table saw at least. Moreover, if you have to pause the saw immediately but your hands are full, a large start and stop paddle solve this problem for you. You can only use your knees to halt the machine. It further ensures an accurate measurement.
You can choose to opt for the mobile base MB-PCS-000 to add portability to the machine. It comes with a couple of swiveling and stationary casters. This way, you won’t need to worry when you need to move your work. If you are searching for something better, you can go for the updated MB-PCS-IND base assembly. This one is even better with a 1000 pound lifting capability, a hydraulic piston lift, and four independent swiveling casters. It is very easy to move around with hardly any exertion on your end. The hydraulic lift makes it easier for you to access your work.
Warranty for such a complicated product is particularly useful. This saw comes with a long one year warranty. So even if you damage the item a bit, it is alright.
A Final Summary
This Saw Stop product is one of the most efficient ones in the market presently. It provides every possibility to make life a bit easier for a carpenter. I think this saw, apart from its amazing features, is a delight for the eyes as well. It is sleek, compact and sophisticated. The efficient alignment of the table offers you a precise work. However, even with its particular attention to details, this saw can be a bit complicated to handle. It won’t be an issue if you are used to working with table saws. But for first timers, it might take a bit to figure out the mechanisms.
But then, the saw does reduce your workload as much as possible. Overall, this is a fantastic product, and I can’t emphasize that enough. If you are prepared to work on it a little, I would say, go for it. It has very little cons and offers a smooth and accurate output. However, even with all its safety features, you can never be too careful when in a woodshop. So work safely and be focused.