Have a low end Delta TS. Other then it's underpowered, has done ok. Out
of the box it was right. Need mo' power.
Looked at Griz 444Z, and for $150/200 could get a hybrid. A bit more, a
Just what makes one style, contractor, hybrid or cabinet, better then the
others? Yeah, you get what you pay for, most times.
Typical cabinet saw is 3 HP and needs a 240V line. Typical contractor saw
is 1.5 hp and needs a 20A 120V line.
Either can be very accurate, either can do most normal cutting for the home
hobbyist. If you cut a lot of 12/4 maple, the power is a b ig deal. For
normal 3/4 stock, hardly a difference. Assess your needs, assess your bank
account and go from there.
Oh, no one has ever complained they had too much power.
Edwin's assessment is a good one - "... no one has ever complained they had
too much power."
I had a Delta TS several years back and it was a fine tablesaw until you
started cutting heavy stock and then it was woefully underpowered. The
hybrids were the next logical step for a home shop since they offered more
hp and a few other enhancements. They are certainly worth the effort to look
at today and probably offer the best bang for the buck. In the end, I went
with a Jet cabinet saw, 3hp, large table, 52" fence, (Beis clone) and built
my router into the right wing extension. The 3hp motor and larger, heavier
cast iron table make this a safer saw to use - for me.
I have a small shop (12' x 20') and it's cramped but I would not give up the
cabinet saw except for a better model. One day, there's a good chance you
will be cutting thicker, longer, wider stock and the extra's you get from a
larger TS are well worth the extra money in convenience and safety. No, it
won't necessarily make you a better woodworker but you'll know that you can
try the more challenging projects with a tool better suited to the task.
Buy once - cry once......
You have a TS now and want better, you have to spend a lot of money to get
better than a cabinet saw. IMHO the Hybrid is too closely priced to a
cabinet saw to not go ahead and get the cabinet saw.
Typically the cabinet saw is all iron and steel and weighs a lot, which
helps cut down on vibration. Most cabinet saws are built to be run all day
long and last for years and can easily cut any thing you throw at them. I
can easily resaw Ipe with the blade fully up and buried in the 1 x 6 board
with my cabinet saw. 3hp is plenty unless you are using power feeders al
As for what makes one better than the other, as you move up you get more
weight and more hp and stronger trunions. This all helps accuracy.
I got a little over $ 900 (Can$) into this. Spent a fair bit of time
tuning and wrenching, but it's dead-nuts accurate. Not a whole lot of
power, but I rip with a thin kerf and do my solid surface strips with
a 80 tooth negative rake ATB. It has enough power for that. The Bies
clone works nicely with my router extension.
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