SawStop announced the launch of a 10-inch Compact Table Saw - the first table saw option below $1000 with the company's famous and highly sought-after blade-stopping safety feature.

Like other SawStop table saws, the Compact Table Saw (CTS) offers "contact detection technology": When any electrical conductor, such as our skin, comes into contact with the blade, the blade stops cold and drops below the table. (See video below.) This all happens within five milliseconds. Injuries are dramatically minimize. The saw can reportedly be reset is quick and easy, so operators can get back to work in minutes after a brake activation.

In addition to the blade-stopping safety system, the Compact Table Saw features:

  • a rack-and pinion fence that is reportedly easy to adjust and reliably square with a built-in high and low face to support all kinds of cuts
  • a quick-tilt bevel adjustment designed for one-handed blade angle adjustments. This includes a micro-adjust feature that provides the ability to quickly dial in a precise cutting angle.
  • an on-saw compartment that provides easy assess and storage of accessories and tools

“Since we began, here at SawStop we have been focused on protecting woodworkers and helping them work better through practical innovation” said SawStop CEO Matt Howard. “The portability and affordability of the Compact Table Saw makes SawStop technology more accessible than ever before. We’re excited to welcome an entirely new group of customers to the SawStop Family so they can experience the quality and safety at the heart of each of our saws.”

The new Compact Table Saw will be available this fall at a retail price of $899. For more information, visit

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