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Top 4 best Cabinet Table Saw in America

Cabinet Saws are stationery saws meant for heavy duty-use. Cabinet saws have beefier parts than all other table saws. As a result Cabinet saws are the heaviest member of the cabinet saws family. We are going to find out the best cabinet table saw to help you choose the most suitable tool for your needs.

Cabinet table saws are meant for commercial carpentry therefore they are machined to closer tolerance resulting in more accuracy and stability than other types of cabinet saws. They have larger internal mechanisms built to handle powerful motors and to run longer with little vibration. Cabinet saws are traditionally powered with motors between 3hp-5hp.

This article aims to review top cabinet saws in the 3hp category using my expertise and experiences in woodwork.

TOP 4 best 3HP cabinet table saw

1. SawStop PCS175

Description

The SawStop PCS175 is a high end cabinet saw. It is the best 3HP cabinet table saw in the market these days. I have had the privilege of using it while helping a colleague who owns one in his workshop. He was working under a tight schedule and asked me to help him with one of his projects at his shop. I worked with ease the SawStop PCS175 performs well when needed. The SawStop PCS175 comes in three model options PCS3120-PFA30 30 rip capacity, PCS3120-TGP236 52” rip capacity and TGP252 52” rip capacity. For this article I will review the PCS3120-TGP 236

Specs

  • Table 20”W x 27 “D
  • Rip capacity 52” depending on the model option.
  • Arbor size 5/8”
  • Blade Type 10”

 Reasons it stands out

SawStop unlike other brands is a brand made by fellow woodworkers. This is reflected by the fact that SawStop manufactures tools from a position of deeper insight into our needs as craftsmen. Firstly, safety is a major concern. A lot of people have lifelong injuries from table saws and other power tools. Therefore when buying a table saw or any other tool put safety upfront. SawStop incorporated

Reason number one is that the TGP252 is unmatched when it comes to safety and dust collection. Like all the other members of SawStop’s professional Cabinet Saw suites. The TGP252 has the patented SawStop security mechanism.  It works on a very clever yet simple principle. The blade carries a small electrical signal. This detects micro changes as soon as your skin touches the blade.  The blade stops instantly in 3 to 5 milliseconds. This feature relies on the fact that human skin conducts electrons. This feature is a good enough reason to invest in a SawStop table saw. Dust collection is also an important safety feature. Saw dust is harmful to health. The SawStop TGP252 has a very efficient Dust collection system. This is due to advanced control of over-and under table airflow that captures dust at the blade and directs it out of the saw. The blade Guide is made Low profile and collects above table dust.

Second reason is that the SawStop is made from very durable material. The outer frame is machine ground cast iron. This gives the table saw weight and stability. The benefit of this is that the TGP252 can easily absorb most vibrations that are generated during use. With low vibration one is assured of increased safety and precision. Therefore if you want a table saw for school purposes this can be a good investment for training purposes. Novices will also find this feature helpful too. The fact that this is a heavy table saw makes to have maximum mobility the built in wheels are not enough. If you need to move it around frequently you have to invest in an industrial cabinet base from SawStop. Unfortunately is sold separately.

The business end of the saw does not disappoint too. The table is large enough to accommodate most requirements of woodwork. The table top also very flat and chances of warping a very low due to the cast iron used to make the top. SawStop also showed great ingenuity when it comes the fence made from rigid steel. The fence is designed so well that it stays firmly secure on the table during useI really enjoyed working with it. As if that is not enough the TGP252 comes with a magnified indicator lense making it easy to see measurements up to a 30th of an inch. This is good for a furniture maker like me. I need to maintain the highest precision for my brand to remain strong. The rail is system is infinitely adjustable aided with a widely spaced glide plate for smooth travel along the length of the table.

The inner parts are heavy so manually adjusting the blade could be physically demanding. Therefore SawStop incorporated gas assisted blade elevation system.

Another useful and thoughtful feature by my fellow craftsman at SawStop is Tool-Free Quick-Change Blade Guard Mount. This brings in the much needed convenience when one needs to access the Saw Cavity.

Lastly the support and back up of SawStop on the United States is commendable. This is very important because when consumables need to be replaced there has to be a readily available parts.

Areas of concern

The motor door is made from plastic and doesn’t look durable enough for the saw of its quality. My assumptions is that SawStop wanted to reduce the weight of the table saw and also to limit vibrations with a light door. Secondly, the clever safety mechanism for blade stop can be a disadvantage if the mechanism gets faulty you can be subjected to power surges. This can cause damage to the motor in the long run.

2. JET 708675PK XACTASAW DELUXE XACTA

Description

JET is an established brand that has asserted itself as a significant player in the power tools industry DELUXE XACTA is a solid cabinet saw which will can meet the needs for the professional and novice woodworker alike. One of my students bought this online against my advice initially however when it was delivered he asked me to check it out. I was really sold and all my pessimism varnished.

Specs

  • Table 29” x 20”
  • Rip capacity 52” depending on the model option.
  • Arbor size 5/8”
  • Blade Type 10”
  • Maximum Cut depth 3”

Reasons it stands out.

The internal mechanisms of the Jet DELUZE XACTA make it stand put. Firstly, The DELUXE XACTA saw has an upgraded Poly-V belt system which enables smooth operation of the table saw. The belt mechanism also gives optimal power transfer during use. This feature also makes the table quiet reducing noise levels. I find this extremely important because constant exposure to workshop noise can affect hearing in the long run. Given that cells in our ears can’t regenerate if damaged we need to take the issue of noise seriously as craftsmen. The cast-iron trunnion and table top also contribute to dampening noise and vibrations due to their heftiness.

Secondly, the patented fence design is really a marvel to me. During a job one is guaranteed that the fence will hold its alignments very well. This is very reassuring for a craftsmen because precision and accuracy are guaranteed. Quality materials are widely used in it and that’s why it ends up providing the best result. The square defines an adjuster screw associated with pretty much adjustable cursor built. The locking system in it comparatively provides stability due to the usage of powdered metal in the components.

The extensions can go up to 11” left and right making the DELUXE XACTA table surface the largest in its class. The miter gauge has adjustable positives stops and large soft grip handles which provide large cross cutting capacity and accurate miters.

The XACTA saw features with A cast-iron hand wheels coated with 8-inch dimension. There are spinner handles associated with it. It makes suitable height adjustments of the blade. Again it boosts good operation in the worm gear drive system.For that reason, it looks smooth and worthy even after a long time of usage. To avoid unnecessary creep or twist, the locking pins inside it is made of steel.

Another good feature is the quick release riving knife which greatly reduces binding or kickback risk. Kickback is one of the major causes of injury in woodwork so I am happy that Jet took care of that issue

Moreover, making beveled cuts is easy because the blade on this saw actually tilts to the left, which lets you make an angled cut without burning or otherwise damaging the wood.

Another extra feature I found is an enclosed cabinet associated with safe storage. This storage cabinet can go a long way in assisting a craftsmen keep the golden rule of workshop house keeping

“A place for everything and everything in its place”

Areas of Concern

The amperage of the Delta is a bit lower than most 3HP cabinet saws. As a result the torque might feel a bit lower.

3. Grizzly G0690

Description

Grizzly has been in the industrial equipment industry for 36 years. The brand is a household name in American power-tools. The G0690 is a saw close to my heart, I bought it as a graduating gift for one of my apprentices who had successfully overcame drug addiction and channeled his energy towards acquiring woodworking skills. I remember browsing the internet with him for days until he settled for a GO690 on amazon. When the saw was delivered I helped him set it up and was really amazed with what I saw.

Specs

  • Rip capacity 52” depending on the model option.
  • Arbor size 5/8”
  • Blade Type 10”
  • Maximum Cut depth at 90degrees 3-1/8”

Reasons it stands out

This is a high end tool in every aspect. One thing that caught my eye was the business end of the saw. The table top is made of hardened precision ground cast iron. This means that one has to not worry about the warping at all. The table saw is heavy and robust such that while working you experience much less vibration in comparison to many saws in its class. As a novice and professional this is a very important feature to have.

During use you will notice that Grizzly put into consideration several features for convenience. Firstly, the G0690 has inserts for both standard and dado blades. Therefore if you are a Dado blade loving craftsmen you won’t have to buy two saws. I also noticed that the saw has a quick release mechanism for changing the riving knife. Another highly appreciated feature is the quick release motor guard. All these features you are going to find useful if you work long hours in the workshop. Having experienced a lot of manual tools in my early days of craft Old Jack really appreciates any feature that relives the woodworker.

Moreover, I liked that it can run on a normal domestic circuit. This is a big advantage for hobbyists.

For a furniture maker precision is paramount. After thorough inspection with my apprentice we realized that the fence stays firmly put during use. The fence is a Camlock T-fence with and HDPE face. HDPE is high-density polyethylene known for its strength-to-density ratio.

Another reason for ranking this table saw high is that Grizzly offers exceptional customer support. Increasingly I am finding this to be an important aspect of buying equipment. The user manual is also user friendly. Assembling and operating the G0690 will be a breeze for both the novice and professional alike

Areas of concern

The only major issue for me was that the factory blade is not good quality. You would need to replace it with another brand.

4. Powermatic PM2000B

Description

The story of the PM2000B is interesting. When Powermatic decided to add a new table saw to their collection they carried out surveys interviewing hundreds of my fellow craftsmen. As a result the PM2000B was made with lots of empathy for us woodworkers. For this reason when the PM2000B came out I bought it for one of my workshops in another county. I can say that I was not disappointed.

Specs

  • Table size 22 x 30-1/2 inch
  • Rip capacity 52” depending on the model option.
  • Arbor size 5/8”
  • Blade Type 10”
  • Maximum Cut depth at 90degrees 3-1/8”

Reasons it stands out

Number one reason is the heftiness.  One can’t help but acknowledge that this is the heaviest table saw in the market. My fellow craftsmen emphasized the need for a powerful yet quiet cabinet table saw Powermatic was really on the money. The PM2000 effortlessly delivers 3HP of power even when cutting 13/4 hardwood boards. I attribute this to the thoughtfully designed poly V-belt system which transfers power without slippage or excessive noise and less heat buildup.

Dust collection was also addressed properly unlike in previous versions of Powermatic table saws. The PM2000B has acceptable levels of dust collection both inside and outside of the cabinet.

When it comes to my convenience PM2000B comes with some really useful features. These include an Integrated Digital Read Out for precise bevel cuts. I really enjoyed using this feature. It gives me assurance of increased precision.  Another really awesome feature is the integrated retractable hydraulic caster system to mobilize your table saw much higher than the previous model to assist when moving over thresholds. A wide stance, heavy-duty box trunnion and concave teeth on the trunnion gears promote easier raising and tilting of saw blade.

The Powermatic PM2000 is also equipped with a high-tech guard system that can be adjusted tool-free. As an Old guy with an obsession for cool features the high-tech guard system impressed me. I also noticed that the riving knife is mounted directly to the blade mechanism. As a result, the gap never changes during height or angle adjustments. Blade adjustments can be made quickly and easily with the aid of 2 oversized 8-inch cast iron hand wheels.

You will also find a quick-release riving knife that dramatically reduces the risk of kickback and binding. Kickback is a source for injury and damage to both machine and man therefore I welcome this feature.

The cast iron table top is high-luster and finely ground to ensure a smooth, mar-free surface.

  Areas of Concern

This is a wonderful table but I have a few issues with it. Firstly, the customer support needs to be improved. When we want to replace consumables at the workshop we find it hard. Secondly, there are some quality issues on some of the components like the nylon shoulders on the gence.

Conclusion

For 3hp, if you want the best cabinet table saw Old Jack recommends you buy one of these four. You would have made a very wise investment. As a beginner you get the chance to build your workshops. For professionals you will get a proper industry grade tool. For the best table saws in general, check out our guide here. Consider to give our contractor table saw and portable table saw buying guide if you are in needs.

Till then, I’m always available on email: Jack@toildrop.com if you are looking to talk about tools.