Sawstop CNS175-TGP36 Review
Editor Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewed by: Timothy Henderson
Published on: July 19, 2017
When grade-A contractor saws are in question, you have to be extra careful not to overpay it or buy something that doesn’t meet your expectations. These tools don’t come cheap, and many people make a common mistake by purchasing the most popular one, which is also usually the most expensive model available. You don’t have to pay the biggest price in order to have a top-quality contractor saw. The thing you have to do is read a couple of reviews and get a general idea of every model’s strong points and disadvantages.
We have covered some of the most appreciated models both among DIY-ers and professionals. It’s up to you to find the best suiting one for yourself and make a worthy investment. This particular model is one of the best in its class, and it’s designed for anyone who’s planning on doing massive projects that include a lot of wood cutting.
- Weight – 341.4 pounds
- Dimensions – 69-1/8 x 45 x 34-3/4 inches
- Power source – Electric
- Motor – 1.75 HP
SawStop CNS175-THP36 – The Basics
This is the model you’ve been looking for if you’re a devoted professional with a wide enough budget. Even though this unit comes with a pretty hefty price, the sheer amount of innovative features justify the somewhat premium costs. In simpler words, as soon as you get a hold of it, you won’t think about upgrading to any other machine in the near future.
It doesn’t matter how large or dense a piece of wood is, this particular table saw will certainly cut through it like a hot knife through butter. As far as the safety goes, it’s always impeccable with SawStop; these units are one of the safest on the market at the moment. It’s precise, smooth, and most importantly – worth checking out.
This model has by far the best design we have seen. Everything is constructed conveniently, and there’s more than enough free space for a vast array of applications. The work area is quite long and wide meaning you won’t experience any issues with the lack of space.
When it comes to stability, this model is quite good. However, the legs are screwed into the base meaning you can’t fold or collapse them. It may pose a problem to some people who frequently move their unit from one place to another. However, you can solve the problem by asking a friend to help you for a minute.
What makes this particular model desirable is its precision and accuracy. The innovative T-Fence system allows you to cut any wood with extra-high precision. The best part is the fact that you don’t need too much experience in order to use this machine. However, you should definitely read the user manual before turning it on for the first time.
The On/Off switch is accessible, large, and easy to hit if anything unexpected happens.
SawStop is well-known for manufacturing units with excellent safety features. However, the elephant in the room is definitely their patented SawStop security mechanism. It works on a very simple principle, and yet it’s incredibly effective. The blade carries a small electrical signal which detects micro changes. The human body is conductive; therefore, as soon as your skin touches the blade, it stops instantly. In fact, it takes 3 to 5 milliseconds for it to stop. In simpler words, once you touch the blade – everything stops and requires a reset. To reset the machine properly, refer to the user manual.
SawStop safety mechanism
Work surface isn’t flat on all sides
Things we liked about it
There is plenty of stuff we liked about this particular unit. It’s simply one of the best around, and there’s a ton of stuff to like. One of the most notable advantages is the safety mechanisms within this unit. You can rest assured that you’ll remain as safe as possible during the use of this contractor table saw. Another great thing is the work surface, more precisely the size of it. While some other models struggle with free space, this one certainly doesn’t. You’ll have more than enough room to process wood of any size.
Even though this manufacturer is well-known for producing quality equipment, this particular model stands out as exceptionally well-designed. If you’re a professional, all you have to do is take a look at the pictures of this unit, and you’ll see what we mean by “well-designed.”
Things we didn’t like
It’s quite hard to point out the shortcomings of this unit because there aren’t many, to begin with. The thing that might annoy you is the fact that the main table isn’t flat on the rear edge. Some people find it unusual, but it’s far from being a crucial disadvantage.
Even though SawStop is quite respected as a manufacturer, some consumers complained about their customer support department. We can’t say for sure that it’s true, but if you ever file a report and don’t get an immediate response, wait for a couple of days because you’re probably not the only one.
General user impressions
People are delighted by this table saw. It has everything you’ll ever need for a project of any size. Also, it’s quite easy to use meaning hobbyists can use it as well. However, if you’re an absolute beginner, try finding something with less additional features because it lowers the price significantly. Speaking of the price, it can be regarded as hefty, but it’s well-worth the effort. You can rest assured that this machine is worth every penny.
If you’re a devoted professional, make sure to check this table saw out. We cannot emphasize enough the impact of high-end equipment on your projects. In simpler words, you’ll definitely see a difference between using an entry-level machine and this one.
The precision is excellent, stability is good, and the design is impeccable. However, it all comes with a price. On the other hand, if your budget allows it, don’t hesitate to invest in this particular unit, you won’t regret it.