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It doesn’t matter whether you are a professional or you are a contractor, who executes projects for a lot of clients, or you just happen to be a woodwork enthusiast, your tool shop is not complete without the cabinet saw.
These saws are very heavy, as compared to other saws like the job site saws and the hybrid saws, these cabinet saws have been made to be used in one particular location.
Cabinet saws are designed with features like dust collection port, accident prevention and safety features and fencing systems.
SawStop ICS31230-52 Cabinet Saw
SawStop ICS31230-36 Cabinet Saw
Powermatic 1792010K PM2000 Table Saw
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A quick overview of the featured saws in this article.
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These days, cabinet saws come fitted with a motor that has a horsepower that ranges from 1 – 5. Smaller motors are usually used by both DIYers and professionals. You may choose to opt for an upgrade to a more powerful motor if you work with thicker cuts of wood or harder woods.
Cabinet saws are way heavier and very different from the contractor saws that are known for their portability and ease of use, cabinet saws are not one you can carry around, as they are made, specifically, to be used at one designated location. And many cabinet saws can weigh up to 600 pounds or even more.
Although, there are some cabinet saws that way around 400 pounds, but you want to ensure that the saw is heavy enough so that when it is in use, it won’t shake or hobble.
You may think that all cabinet saws come with cabinets that are constructed with cast iron, some makers of this power tool use double walled stainless steel or some other material. Cast iron is mostly used because it easily supports the overall weight of both the saw and the wood you are cutting.
It is also able to withstand frequent use without it being dented or chipped.
You should not think that all cabinet saws come with blades because some makers of these tools do not include these with the products, they want you to be able to choose and install a blade of your choosing. Some cabinet saws come with blades, but what you will want to do is check if the blades have sharp teeth around the edges and if it comes in the right size for the work you want to do.
Just taking a closer look at the assembly of the blade will help you figure out just how long it will take you to change the blade. Many manufacturers make tool-less blade assembly, and this allows you make a few adjustments to the blade. These kinds of saws will also let you change the blade without the use of any other tools than your hands.
When buying a cabinet saw, never get one without first checking to see if it comes with a T-fence. This is a good type of fencing, why? Because it allows you to make rip cuts and other cut types. The fencing should be able to offer support to the boards, and also have a design that is simple to use.
Many cabinet saws have the accident prevention features that come with them; these features are like the emergency stop button that you hit with your knee or any other body part that is able to reach it to shut down the spinning blade. You should also check for kickback prevention, this will help keep your hands safely on the wood, away from the riving knife or blade.
This may not be a feature you would think about, but it is something you definitely would need. This port can be found either on the front or the back of the cabinet. This port absorbs some of the dust and other debris kinds, keeping both your eyes and work space free.
Now, let us get reviewing! The top 15 products that have been selected for this article.
5 HP 230V 60 Hz Cabinet Saw with 52-inch industrial T-Glide Fence System
The SawStop ICS51230-52 5 HP 230V 60 Hz Cabinet Saw with 52-inch industrial T-Glide Fence System has the longest fence system that you will ever find on the market. This tool is not only easy to use, but it also allows you make different kinds of cuts and change the orientation or angle of the wood to the blade.
It has a smoothly rotating handwheel on the front that turns effortlessly, and it has an oversized design that will fit just about any hand. It also has a safety system that was designed by SawStop, ensuring that your hands are safe because this system causes the blade just as soon as skin meets metal.
The bright red emergency stop button that you can easily reach with either your hand or your foot is another nifty design. This tool has a five-horsepower motor and the motor has a 5-year warranty.
Model PM2000 10-inch 5 HP 1-Phase Table Saw with 50-inch Accu-Fence and Workbench
This power tool has a riving knife that has a quick release that makes it easy to change and for this reason, the Powermatic 1792017K Model PM2000 10-inch 5 HP 1-Phase Table Saw with 50-inch Accu-Fence and Workbench is most popular with cabinet saw buyers.
Its riving knife also has a built-in kickback prevention system that will help keep your hands safe and will help you focus better on the work at hand. Although this brand is just as sturdy as the other cabinet saws, but this one has a caster system that enables you to move the saw around your shop.
This saw comes with an arbor lock that you can unlock with only one hand, this is especially useful for when you need to change the blade, and you do not require any tool to make this happen.
It has a poly-v drive belt system that offers extra power the motor, this belt also helps to reduce the noise of the motor, and this makes it just the perfect tool for when you have to work around others.
3HP 230V 60Hz Cabinet Saw with 52-inch Industrial T-Glide Fencing System
The SawStop ICS31230-52 also comes with the same blade that is featured on the SawStop ICS51230-52, and this blade allows you to change the angle of the wood and make several cuts.
This power tool was designed to be used in any kind of workspace, it runs quietly, not disturbing your work with ceaseless noise, and also not disturbing those around you. It has a safety system that allows you to shut down when the saw touches any skin. It weighs more than 700 pounds, and with this weight, you can use it in one spot for many years.
It has a 3-horsepower motor strong enough to do many jobs, and it has a 5-year warranty on its motor. There is also a push button control on the front of the cabinet and also an emergency stop button. The SawStop brand gives the saw a two-year warranty.
3HP 230V 60Hz Cabinet Saw Assembly with 36-inch Industrial T-Glide Fencing System
The SawStop ICS31230-36 3HP 230V 60Hz Cabinet Saw Assembly with 52-inch Industrial T-Glide Fencing System has a three-horsepower which can take on any kind of work you plan on doing with it.
The saw’s industrial T-Glide fence system allows you make all the necessary cuts you need to make, and its extension table gives you enough room to do your work. It comes with a feature that locks the wood in place to make sure that your cuts are accurate and straight.
It has other features like the two handwheels with measurements around each one that will enable you set up your cuts as you cut, and there is also an emergency button that acts like a kill switch that cuts power from the motor during times of emergencies.
This cabinet saw also has an easy change system when changing the blade, there is also a warranty that covers the saw and the motor, two years and five years respectively.
5HP 1PH Table Saw with 50-inch Accu-Fence System
This brand will get mentioned more than once on our list because they are the makers of such great power tools like the Powermatic 1792010K PM2000 5HP 1PH Table Saw with 50-inch Accu-Fence system.
This machine has a built-in caster system that makes the cabinet saw easy to move around your shop or anywhere at all with little stress, it has a quick release riving knife that helps to reduce vibrations which prevent accidents. It is 39-inches high and you can use the saw without having to bend over.
Its Accu-fence system keeps boards and wood sheets at the exact angle or distance that you are working on, and at 50 inches, this is a longer system that cannot be easily found in other units. There is also a five-horsepower motor that has a magnetic switch, and this feature helps to shut down the motor and keep it from turning on accidentally.
Model PM2000 5HP 3-Phase Table Saw with 50-inch Accu-Fence System and Rout-R-Lift
Another great model from the Powermatic brand. The Powermatic 1792006K Model PM2000 5HP 3-Phase Table Saw with 50-inch Accu-Fence System and Rout-R-Lift has a dust collection port that moves most of the dirt that the machine makes away from your work space, the cabinet has a sloped design that makes it easier for you to go under the cabinet cleaning. It has a riving knife with a quick release that reduces kickbacks and the risk of knife binding.
It wouldn’t matter where you use this saw, you will like the fact that its poly-v belt system allows it run very quietly, and this helps you focus on your work.
This cabinet saw has a wider trunnion that helps you move your blade to the perfect position; there is an arbor lock feature, too, that functions like a push button that quickly changes the blade.
3HP Professional Cabinet Saw Assembly with 36-inch Professional T-Glide Fence System, Rails and Extension Table
Most of the features that makes you love the expensive SawStop cabinet saws are also available on this model, the SawStop ICS31230-TGP236 3HP Professional Cabinet Saw Assembly with 36-inch Professional T-Glide Fence System, Rails and Extension Table, and this model costs less.
It has a black finish with accents and also features like the emergency stop button that comes in a bright red color that makes the features easy to operate. This model has a taller height that was made so to minimize the strain on your back as you saw.
The T-Glide fence system designed by SawStop has a lockdown feature that enables you lock down any board that stops it from moving while you do your cutting. There is an electrical signal inside the blade and this works with an aluminum brake, sending out an alert once the blade comes into contact with a skin.
5HP Cabinet Saw
The JET 708677PK XACTASAW Deluxe 5HP Cabinet Saw can cut through just about any wood, from the flexible plywood sheets that can move on their own, to the thick wood boards. This cabinet saw has riving knife that helps to reduce the risk of binding and kickbacks, and there is a quick release design that lets you use it at any time.
It has a left tilt trunnion that makes pushing boards and sheets through a lot easier and it gives you the needed stability while it does this.
One thing that makes this JET 5HP cabinet saw different from the rest is the fact that it has an enclosed design that keeps the dust apart from the motor. Although this model still has a dust port that removes most of the dust that you make while working. This saw has an arbor lock, too, that gives you access to the blade, removing it with just a simple touch.
with 52 inches BIESEMEYER Fence System
This cabinet saw, the Delta 3HP Motor 10 Inches UNISAW with 52 inches BIESEMEYER Fence System was named so because the manufacturer says you can use this cabinet saw to replace all the other saws that you might use. It has a 52-inch fence system that is attached at the top of the table holding boards and the front cranking handwheels that let you extend the opening of the blade.
The manufacturers of this cabinet saw claim that this model has the largest opening of all the models currently available on the market.
This cabinet saw’s table was designed to have a larger surface that allows you more space to do more work on it; it also has a small extension table on it that sticks out from one side, increasing your workspace. This cabinet saw has a cabinet that has a cast-iron, which reduces vibrations and a tool-less assembly changing the table.
5HP with 30 inches Rip Fence
This brand has a quick releasing riving knife that reduces the risk of binding and also cutting back on the kickbacks that you may feel when using this model. It has a 5-horsepower motor and is easily one of the most powerful available on the market today, and it can also make quick cuts on any type of wood.
This model has a 30-inch rip fence that makes rip cuts, although, this fence may be a little too short for your needs.
There is an enclosed cast-iron that is at the base of the saw, reducing vibrations, and although this base has a sealed design that effectively blocks out dust, it comes with a drawer that slides open, and this stores your tools and equipment. There is also a push button arbor lock that serves to protect the blade assembly and a poly-v drive belt system.
1.75HP Professional Cabinet Saw Assembly
The SawStop PCS175-PFA30 1.75HP Professional Cabinet Saw Assembly may be better for whatever projects you might choose to take on, and this only depends on just how often you work with wood, and the exact kind of wood it is that you use; so, you may choose to opt for this model than SawStop’s other more expensive models.
This cabinet saw has a smaller base and a shorter extension table that allows you have more space to work with, but its fencing system can be used to extend the size of the table working with your boards.
Although, this model has only a 1.75-horsepower motor, it can handle most cutting jobs and it does well at rip cutting, too. It also has a lock down and safety features that you can safely use without hurting yourself.
3 HP UNISAW with 36-inch Biesemeyer Fence System
For those who want a solid cabinet saw, but do not want to dole out too much cash on cabinet saws, the Delta 36-L336 3 HP UNISAW with 36-inch Biesemeyer Fence System is good for you. It has a bi-level dust collection system that takes more of the dirt that you create, and it also has a trunnion system that lets you make more precise and accurate cuts.
Its two front cranks are conveniently placed just under the table to allow you to make adjustments while you work with any type of wood. It also has a bevel gauge that enables you to view and make measurements, and there is a tool-less blade assembly that allows you to reach and change the blade with only your hands.
3-Horsepower with 50 inches Rip Fence
The JET 708675PK XACTASAW Deluxe 3-Horsepower with 50 inches Rip Fence’s 50-inch rip fence is great for making cuts without you having to worry about your boards slipping out of place. Its fence system has a lock down feature that locks the board down at the right angle and at the exact measurement of your choosing.
It has an arbor lock that changes the blade, and a poly-v drive belt system, too.
This model has a cast-iron cabinet that has an enclosed design that ensures that the dust doe not ruin the 3-horsepower motor, this cabinet saw has both a dust collection port and a drawer that slides open, revealing a hidden storage space. It also enables you to smoothly change the blade’s position.
3HP Cabinet Saw
Although this model has a 3-horsepower motor just like the last reviewed model on this list, but the JET 708674PK XACTASAW Deluxe 3HP Cabinet Saw has a shorter 30-inch rip fence that may be a little too short for some projects you might want to work. It has all the great features that has made buyers come to like the JET products.
There is a cast-iron enclosed cabinet that stops the dust from gaining entry into the motor, with a poly-v drive belt system that runs quietly than other models.
Its riving knife’s quick release system prevents kickbacks, giving you one less thing to worry about, and the enclosed cabinet reduces vibrations, too. It has a storage drawer in the cabinet and a left tilt trunnion system.
5HP 230V 60 Hz Cabinet Saw with 52-Inch Industrial T-Fence Glide System
The SawStop ICS53230-52 5HP 230V 60 Hz Cabinet Saw with 52-Inch Industrial T-Fence Glide System is actually the most expensive model made by the SawStop company, this model was pushed down to the bottom of this list because it didn’t receive as much positive reviews from customers like the ones above it.
This cabinet saw has a 52-inch T-glide fence system that enables you set the size and angle of each cut, and it also has a lock down feature that keeps the wood from moving.
This model has a 5-powerhorse motor that makes it powerful enough to cut even the toughest of woods. It weighs more than 700 pounds, and it has a durable cabinet that keeps the saw from moving. There is also a 10-inch saw blade that has a tool-less assembly.
5HP 230V 60 Hz cabinet Saw with 52-inch Industrial T-Glide Fence System
Our top pick from this list is the SawStop ICS51230-52 5HP 230V 60 Hz cabinet Saw with 52-inch Industrial T-Glide Fence System. The company that makes this saw has its own patented safety system that makes the blade stop spinning once it comes into contact with the skin, and this is why this is appearing again on our list. Its extended fence system model which takes in more wood types and board lengths is another reason why we love this model.
This cabinet saw has an emergency stop button that you can spot easily during an emergency and can hit with any body part that can easily reach it. This is one great power tool.