SawStop Contractor Model Purchase from Cradle to Shop #10: Ending Comments and Unexpected Test of the SawStop Technology

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Blog entry by CharlieD posted 07-23-2008 11:42 PM 2514 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 9: Assembly Complete - No Surprises Part 10 of SawStop Contractor Model Purchase from Cradle to Shop series Part 11: Final Entry with Pictures and story on testing the Sawstop »

This entry will close out this blog as I have finished the install and started cutting wood and building things with the SawStop. True to form the quality and fit and finish held through out the complete installation and setup. I had to do very little adjusting and in most cases would have been better to leave it alone. Kind of like my thoughts on plumbing “if it’s not leaking not touch it”. A couple of notes.

I mentioned in the previous entry that I wasn’t going to install the 30in out feed table. Changed my mind and made room in the shop and added the out feed table. One of the first things I needed to do was cut a sheet of plywood and the out feed table really helped. However I discovered that my single car garage door isn’t 8 feet wide and I couldn’t cut the full sheet down the middle anyway.

Another thing I discovered that many of you probably know is the saw (my old one would) won’t run from a power strip, at least not any I have. It has to be plugged directly into a receptacle or it blows the breaker on the power strip. I’m assuming I can buy a strip that will work so I don’t have to stretch the power cord across my shop to the receptacle. Otherwise, I will have to add wall receptacle. Just a small nuisance that can be fixed.

The saw is smooth as silk; the dust collection port is wonderful and really cuts down on saw dust.

Oh …. almost forgot to mention two alterations I made to the SawStop. 1. Added a shelf to span the open frame under the saw. I made it from peg board spray painted shinny black to match the saw. Also did this with my old table saw and open frame Delta Band Saw. This provides a handy place to store push sticks, etc. that you regularly use. The peg board allows much of the dust that escapes to fall through to the floor instead of accumulating on the shelf. Note – you have to cut out a small slot where the mobile base rod rises up or …..if you cut wrong like I did you simplly have a shelf that is 6 inches shorter than intended and allows the rod to rise. 2. The miter slots in the out feed table where unpainted and raw wood. Considering the saw has a beautiful powder shinny black paint job I’m surprised that SawStop left the out feed table with bare wood exposed in the miter slots. So I painted it the black to match the saw.

I wrote this ending piece last night but didn’t post it because I have pictures of the final product to post and wanted to wait. After my little accident last night I decided to post and will add the pics tomorrow.

Well…. last night while cutting the corner off a cabinet so it would fit properly I hit a screw and caused the Sawstop to execute its technology and kill a blade and brake. It works for sure. I joined the cabinet using pocket holes screws and this was my first time to use them. I didn’t realize (or think) I would hit the screw with my cut. Actually, its worst than that. I hit the screw, a few sparks flew and I thought I was past it, pushed forward, lots of sparks flew and the SawStop brake engaged. The saw blade instantaneously disappeared below the table top. Fortunately (or not) I planned ahead and ordered a replacement brake with the saw. Tonight, I get to experience replacing the brake and installing a new blade. More on that effort and pic’s tomorrow.

-- Charlie - Texas

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#1 posted 07-23-2008 11:54 PM


Nothing like leaving a little teaser there….. Accident?

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#2 posted 07-24-2008 12:59 AM

I’ve been waiting on this saw for 2 years. Was in the market for a new table saw to replace my old Craftsman 10” flex-drive tablesaw when I watched a live demo of the SS cabinet saw at Woodcraft. Checked out the SS website and decided that I’d wait on this saw. Won’t order till I can see it in the showroom though. Woodcraft in OKC hasn’t received their show model yet. I do have the latest prices. My price list from Woodcraft is as follows:
Base saw $1599
w/36” T-Glide fence, rails and extension tables $1799
w/52” T-Glide fence, rails and extension tables $1839

mobile base $160
cast iron wings $189
outfeed table $99
brake cartridge for 10” $69, for 8” dado blade $89
zero clearance inserts $29
As for shipping I can only hope I can get lucky like Charlie did.

This thing is going to cost a small fortune (right now I’m at about $2200 plus shipping and tax) but I’ve been saving for 2 years. Still a little short but I’ll find a way to get the rest. I know I could get another brand of cabinet saw for much less but, I’m on blood thinners for A-fib and if I ever did have an accident I could be in serious trouble. And, my wifes brother lost his left fore finger about 5 years ago when his hand came down on top of his table saw blade after a kickback. That puts it close to home. I cringe everytime I think of the price but then I think of my brother-in-laws missing finger and find it much easier to justify. I’ve never had an accident in over 35 years of playing around at woodworking but it only takes once. Now that I’m retired and have my shop built I’ll be at it a bit more than in the past. It would be great if every brand of saw had a blade brake on it. Competition would lower the price considerably I believe.

-- Darell, Norman, Ok.

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#3 posted 07-24-2008 01:04 AM

Ouch! $69 for cartridge and ?? for blade all because of a screw.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#4 posted 07-25-2008 04:53 AM

Man that sucks! Gary don’t forget the cost of a new blade, I hope it wasn’t one of your good blades.

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#5 posted 07-25-2008 06:27 AM

sIKE – that’s what the ?? was for.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#6 posted 07-25-2008 06:33 AM

Sorry about your experience. But it worked as advertised.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#7 posted 07-25-2008 07:24 AM

Cartridge and blade about $120, $150?

Depending on your planer type, that same screw would have cost about as much there.

As Karson reasoned, on the bright side, you know the technology and your unit perform as designed.

Cheaper than losing a finger or other body part for sure.


-- I don't make sawdust...I produce vast quantities of "Micro Mulch."

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#8 posted 07-27-2008 05:00 AM

It sounds like it took a little while to engage if you hit sparks twice before engaging. I guess you will either need to keep your old saw for reclaimed timbers (buried nails) or get a good metal detector. I have to admit, if I had the money, I’d get one of these in a heartbeat, along with all their future tools to come. Thanks for informing all of us.

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#9 posted 07-27-2008 08:35 AM

Hi Charlie;

Sorry to hear of your mishap.

Some lessons are just too expensive!.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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