SawStop has created some innovative products in the past and that tradition continues with the SawStop CNS175-TGP36. Included with many features that you expect to find on larger saws, such as cabinet saws, this model is intended for mobile applications. Included with a 36-inch T Glide fence, this model offers extra strength and improved accuracy as well as versatility with extension table and rails.
One of the best features of this saw is the safety brake. In the event a finger or hand comes in contact with the blade, a strong, fast-acting spring pushes an aluminum block, called a brake pawl, into the blade and will stop the spinning blade while at the same time the blade will recess below the table top to prevent further injury. The whole process happens faster than you can blink. From the time contact is detected to the blade coming to a complete stop is 1/200th of a second.
One advantage of the CNS175-TGP36 is its power. Armed with a 1.75 horsepower motor, this saw can handle anything you throw at it. First, its heavy duty cast iron table top guarantees a steady work surface and accurate cuts on material as large as full 4×8 sheets of plywood with its 220 x 227 inch table and 12×27-inch extension wing, sold separately.
Another advantage is the unmatched flexibility. With over 100 different possible configurations, this saw can fit any user’s needs. Dust collection is truly an advantage with this saw. A well shrouded blade and large 4-inch dust collection port ensure your work area stays clean and help reduce airborne particulates. To help reduce chip-out, the saw is equipped with a zero clearance insert that provides support through the length of the cut.
There are few disadvantages with this model. One of them is the price. Starting at over $1,800.00, this saw is far from being cheap. And depending on where you shop, you could pay just over $2,000.00. The only other notable disadvantage is the saws size. Falling in the class of portable or mobile table saws, the CNS175-TGP36 is cumbersome and heavy to maneuver around the jobsite and will require at least two people to move which makes it less advantageous as other models in this same class. The final disadvantage of this saw is that despite the plethora of attachments and configuration available, nearly all of the attachments to make the configurations possible are expensive.
Best Suited For
Considering as how it is classified as a contractors table saw, the SawStop CNS175-TGP36 is better suited for the shop. Its heavy and cumbersome design makes positioning it around the jobsite a real chore and loading it into and out of a truck will require the help of at least one other person.
Even though this is a high quality tool that is easy to use by anyone, regardless of their amount of experience, the hefty price tag makes this saw better suited for the professional that would use it on a regular basis. Unless you’re a hardcore weekend woodworking warrior, comparing the price to the amount of use would not make much sense. If you are someone that doesn’t use their table sae everyday then a more suitable model would be the DeWalt DW745.