Blade Brake. SawStop's innovative blade-stopping cabinet saw is popular with furniture makers and cabinetmakers for good reason: Not only has it prevented countless fingers from being lost, but it's one of the smoothest, best-performing saws available. Now the company has applied the same blade-stopping technology to a new model — the 280-pound 10-Inch Contractor Saw. Complete with a cast iron trunnion and table, this machine is designed for contractors and finish carpenters working on high-end interiors. Prices start at $1,500. SawStop, 503/570-3200,

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