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Thread: Purchasing new cabinet saw 3hp vs. 5hp?

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    Maybe i'm just power hungry. i think for an extra $200 the 5 HP is worth it. there have been many times when i was dimansionong big (hard) wood that i wished i had the extra HP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Damm
    Our pattern shop had an 18" tablesaw with 15HP. If you're looking for overkill that''ll do it!
    Uhhh Uhhhh Uhhhh.....MORE POWER!

    Now thats a table saw! What model and features. Tell us tell us tell us.... Was it old iron?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alan DuBoff
    Me neither, I can use a 3/4" shoulder plane to do the same thing, and while it takes a little longer, it's much quieter and accomplishes the same thing. but in regards to the motor on the TS, I don't see how it would hurt to have more HP. And no, I don't see more HP as being more dangerous, I see it as being safer as it will be able to handle a faster feed. If you're feeding too fast on a lower HP motor, that's the danger, not the other way around.

    Any of them will cut fingers and hands off, even a 1 1/2 HP contractors saw motor will do that, and pushing 12/4 stock into a 1 1/2 HP blade takes some patience, IME.
    I would like to see your shoulder plane excavate a dado groove in say 3/4 inch thick baltic birch or melamine covered MDF?
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    5 hp..is nice..but it also adds another 55 pounds on the trunnions...a 3 horsepower weighs in at 50 pounds compared to the 5 horse's 106....

    For hobby use and even heavy duty home use..you will never have the need for a 5 horse motor....unless you like bragging to friends...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dev Emch
    I would like to see your shoulder plane excavate a dado groove in say 3/4 inch thick baltic birch or melamine covered MDF?
    I would like to see where I was interested in building with laminates to the point that I would invest in a large machine to do so...

    I don't plan to use much ply at all, but even so...I could cut a dado many ways in a piece of ply, how about a stair saw? How about a backsaw with a guide (a.k.a., a straight edge)?

    Solid wood cuts fine with hand plane, for me anyway...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Canaris
    For hobby use and even heavy duty home use..you will never have the need for a 5 horse motor....unless you like bragging to friends...
    Mike, looks like you and i are Odd Men Out !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian Hale
    Mike, looks like you and i are Odd Men Out !

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    Brian,

    Don't be too sure. I would be willing to bet that a huge majority of the 10" tablesaws are 3 HP that are being sold today. The only reason that I am leary, like Tyler said, is that I was burnt early on with an underpowered machine so I may now be overly careful when I consider my power needs for the future. However, you will notice that I did go with the 3 HP even though I still wonder if I did the right thing or not. Hopefully I did.

    Allen

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    I am a total proponent of high-tech and elegant alternatives to raw power but, I find in my varied interests two areas stand apart. Stereos and tools deserve RAW HORSEPOWER!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Neely
    #8 awg and 40 amp breaker minimum.
    Most call for a 30 amp #10 for a 5 hp motor. My 5 hp pulls 26A under full load cutting ie. 2 2/3 in maple.
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    Save the $200 and put that towards a very decent bandsaw. I use to have fun ripping 2" thick cherry on a Powermatic 66. Now I forgo the pucker factor and use the bandsaw (with a 1" Lennox carbide blade) when I want to rip thick stock. A good bandsaw, well setup can rip thick stock as well as a tablesaw.

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