SawStop - 10-in. Cabinet Saw 31230
The SawStop is the only tablesaw with a brake that stops when it touches skin. It also has an easy-to-change riving knife, a good blade guard, and a paddle switch that is easy to operate.
The author looked at 13 popular 3-hp, 220v 10-in. cabinet saws. In addition to evaluating the saws for power and safety, he also tested for tabletop flatness, for runout at the arbor shaft and arbor flange, and for parallelism of the blade to the miter slot. He found that all the saws offered plenty of power, solid rip fences, smooth controls, and flat tabletops. The SawStop, however, had extra appeal. It’s the only one with a brake that stops when it touches skin. It also has an easy-to-change riving knife and a good blade guard. Its large paddle switch is easy to operate but slow to reset if the motor stalls. The blade cartridge must be switched for dado blades. An extension table and legs are optional, but this model came with the largest tabletop. All in all, the SawStop, the most expensive model tested, fared well and tied the Powermatic PM2000 for the author’s choice of best overall.