April 21, 2021

Sawstop Professional vs Industrial | Which One You Should Buy

When looking for a SawStop table saw, it can be difficult to decide between a Sawstop professional vs Industrial. I have used numerous models of both professional and industrial saws. There is much that I will add to the debate. I will compare the dust collection system, power, weight, cost, speed and design. I encourage you to match the reviews below with your preferences. That’s what this article is all about.

Overview of the Sawstop Professional

1-3/4HP 1PH 110V Professional Cabinet Saw with 36

There are two types of SawStop professional saws, the contractor table saw, and the cabinet table saw. Contractor table saws are lighter than the cabinet table saw. They have a belt drive and induction motors. The SawStop professional cabinet saw has two riving knives. The first one fits below the blade and is ideal for non-through cuts such as grooves. The other one is for attaching the blade cover. It is located slightly above the blade. 

Changing blades has become an easy exercise when using the Sawstop professional. The process uses a two-wrench process. Two buttons are at the end of the insert that connects to the mating screw heads in the cavity. A bail-type handle at the other end of the insert removes the insert and locks it in person. The saw tool has an innovative braking system that is a bit complicated. The system goes through checks and flashing lights when you turn on the saw machine.

 When the system is ready, the green light remains constant. The saw is easy to use. There is a chart that explains the signs and configurations. Some keys keep the braking system in bypass mode. That is used on the material that you suspect has moisture. Moisture sets off the braking system. Access doors at the side of the table saw, and rear panels give you easy access to the brake cartridge. There is a need for the mobile base set-up before setting up the saw because it is difficult to assemble it before the base. 


  • An efficient dust collection system
  • Tool-free quick-change blade guard system
  • Sleek fence and rails
  • Accurate alignment system
  • Accessibility


  • It selects blades and dado sets
  • The security system slows down your work

Key Features of the Sawstop professional

Blade Guard

The blade guard system of the Sawstop professional is a combination of a blade guard and a dust collection system. The blade has a stop guard made of aluminum. It comes with anti-kickback pawls in two sets. The first set is for thin material, and when you start using thick stock, you need to activate the large set of pawls. 

Switching from the blade guard system to the riving knife is easy and does not require using tools. You are not allowed to cut material higher than the blade’s height. That is dangerous to the user and harmful to the saw. To lock the knife in place, insert the riving knife and lock the handle. You remove the insert and pull up the locking handle to release the blade guard. The upper part of the guard collects dust and directs it to the 11/2inch port.

Braking system

A table saw is dangerous, which is why Sawstop introduced an efficient blade braking system. It keeps your fingers safe from the machine. It controls the amount of electricity that passes through the blade. The SawStop 10inch saw has a spinning blade that stops in less than five milliseconds and drops under the table. In that regard, the chances of getting a little scratch are low.

Whenever a human comes in contact with the blade, there is a dangerous electrical reaction since the human body has some electrical properties. The brake stops the blade from operating when it contacts the skin. 

Dust collection system

The dust collection system of the SawStop 10inch professional cabinet saw is 99%. That is accurate and efficient. It has a bi-level dust collection system that collects dust from the top of the saw through the blade and below. The dust collection includes a blade guard. It comes with a 4inch dust port.

Fence system

The SawStop 10inch professional cabinet saw has a 52inch T-glide fence system. The rails have a heavy-gauge system for a perfect lockdown and reliable square cutting that does not come with deflection. The other version of the SawStop saw has a 36inch T-glide fence system. The steel and rail fence is firm and solid. You need to check the adjusting screws. The locking handle is comfortable and secures the saw in place. 

Overview of the SawStop Industrial saw

3HP 1PH 230V Industrial Cabinet Saw with 52

It is a heavy-duty saw that is powerful and accurate. The SawStop industrial table saw weighs up to 530pounds, and it has various motors ranging from 3hp to 7.5hp with the voltage that fits your needs. However, it does not come with a power cord, and you need a professional electrician to connect it. Two types of industrial saw come with a 36 and 52inch T-glide fence. 

The fence and rail system that comes in the T-glide fence is smooth in multiple materials. It has an iron table that is stable and precise. The thicker gauge steel in the rails and fence system is stable. The larger handwheels give you an easy adjustment. There are access doors for easy access to the brake cartridge. The dust collection system is efficient, and the alignment system is accurate. 

The maintenance is more accessible as well. The braking system keeps you away from danger. The manual has information, and the instructions are easy to follow. The saw machine is easy to assemble. The hand-wheels are 7inch in diameter. The riving knife is 2.3mm thick. You have multiple mobile base options that you can mount. The mounted one will not inconvenience the user. The maximum power is 3hp.


  • Durable
  • Smooth fence and rail system
  • An efficient dust collection system
  • It is faster
  • Reliable


  • It vibrates when operating
  • Table legs are poorly designed

Key features of the Industrial


The SawStop industrial table saw uses an induction motor. An induction motor is an electric motor that works on currents induced in the rotor from the rotating magnetic stator. The motor rotates at a different speed based on the synchronous motors. The SawStop 10inch industrial saw comes with 5hp power. 

Dust collection system 

There is a need for an effective dust collection system for every dust saw, and that is what you get from using the industrial table saw. The system allows you to have a well-functioning saw machine, durable and quality work. Connect the system accurately to secure your warranty and maintain a high level of performance.  

Blade size

The SawStop saw has a patented safety system that senses the skin so that the blade stops in 5milliseconds whenever there is contact between the blade and the skin. The standard blade size is the 10inch. The saw comes with a blade spacing adjustment gauge. Changing the blade requires blade wrenches, and they are inside the package. There is also the Lock-out tag-out switch that comes with the Sawstop 10inch industrial saw. It cuts power onto the saw so that authorized operators only operate the saw machine. 

Dust collection

The dust collection system is the dust collection blade guard. The reason is that there is a collection system right above the blade that traps the dust saw into the dust collection port. The dust saw is trapped in the 4-inch dust port. The Sawstop 10inch industrial cabinet saw delivers 99% dust collection. 


  • They both have the same blade braking system that senses the skin. 
  • They both come with a Control box house.
  • They both use the T-glide fence system.
  • Their dust collection system is 99% efficient.
  • They are both innovative.


  • The SawStop industrial table saw is faster than the professional. 
  • The professional table saw is meant for professionals, whereas the industrial is for heavy-duty tasks in the industrial sector. 
  • The Sawstop industrial saw comes at a steeper price range than the professional.
  • The industrial has a larger table surface than the professional. 


The professional table saw is more affordable than the industrial table saw. The Industrial saw ranges between 4500 and 7000, and the Professional starts from 3500.


Sawstop professional saw is precise and durable. The innovative braking system, which brings efficiency, results in high performance. The two-stage dust collection system is impressive. Sawstop Industrial saw also has an efficient dust collection system and alignment system, but it is designed for heavy-duty work. It has a larger table area than the Professional. The Industrial table saw costs 1000 more, but the question is: Is it worth the 1000 difference?

David D. Hughes

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