SawStop PCS31230 Review: Cabinet Table Saw With 36″ T-Glide Fence

sawstop pcs 31230When it comes to cabinet table saws the SawStop PCS31230 really stands out.  It is quite a bit larger than your standard portable table saw and is great for big projects in the home and workshop.  With table saw injuries being an unfortunate reality, the SawStop PCS31230 has managed to provide an amazing level of safety for you and your family. Safety is not the only way that this saw excels and beats the competition, there are many more ways.  Read on to find out what the other good features are that you don’t want to miss out on.

Features of the SawStop PCS31230

At first glance this saw looks massive.  In fact the saw weighs 493 pounds!  You could almost fit 2 other portable saws inside of it.  The question is what kind of power do you get from a tool like this.  Well the motor is just as impressive, being 3 hp and running at 220v means you can cut stuff that the smaller saws just can’t handle.  If you are a pro carpenter then this would be an excellent addition to your workshop to tackle those projects that just cant be done with the smaller saws.

 

sawstop bladeAs for the actual cutting you can use both 10 inch, as well as 8 inch dado blades.  You can bet that any cut you make is very accurate too, as the 36 inch T-glide fence makes for expert precision.  The saw measures in at 69 x 33 x 34 inches, so considering that along with the heavy weight it is obviously ideal to keep it in one place like your workshop or garage.

Quick and tool free blade guard, anti kickback pawls and riving knife change are also possible so you can get it done and get back to the job quickly.  One thing that is annoying about using table saws is the flying dust.  To say that the dust collection system on this product is great would be an understatement.  It collects about 99% of the dust through a couple steps.  First the dust collection blade does it’s job on the table top, then the shrouding routes the dust to the 4 inch port away from the blade.  Your lungs will thank you if you buy this product!

sawstop brakeThe biggest selling point and my favorite feature of this saw is the safety system.  It has an electronic detection system that is able to differentiate between wood and a human being.  What happens is that once the system detects contact with wood it sends a signal to the blade.  The signal is monitored for any change, and if it detects any human contact it will activate a break which completely stops the blade within 1/200th of a second.  The brake stops the blade by blocking the teeth of the blade from spinning.

You may be wondering how the system can tell the difference between wood and human contact.  Well to put it simply the conductivity of human skin and wood is very different.  So when the blade touches skin the signal changes, thereby triggering the brake.   Other than the brake this saw includes a lockout key for the main power switch.  This is a lifesaver if you have kids or grand kids running around, you can rest easy knowing they are safe.

Pros

  • State of the art safety features
  • Very efficient dust collection system
  • Powerful 3 hp motor
  • Strong and sturdy design

Cons

  • Not many unless you can’t afford it

Conclusion

If you are looking for a powerful cabinet table saw then the SawStop PCS31230 is the best on the market.  The safety features and sturdy design make it a product that will pay for itself in the long run after many completed jobs.  Give it a shot if you can afford to make the investment in a long term product.  If you want to check out other saws click here.