SawStop Contractor Model Purchase from Cradle to Shop #11: Final Entry with Pictures and story on testing the Sawstop

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Blog entry by CharlieD posted 07-26-2008 06:02 AM 1964 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I mentioned in the previous posting that I tested the Sawstop technology accidentally. Here it is and it’s impressive. The blade is buried about 3/4 of an inch into the alumium brake. The brake stopped the blade instantly as the teeth either side of the brake are untouched. Changing the brake was a breeze. As I mentioned before I’m not mechanical. Still trying to figure out how to change out the new window sheild wipers I bought 3 days ago. I replaced the blade in about 10 minutes. After doing it once it is easily done in a couple of minutes.

I have to say that the blade SawStop ships with the saw was good quality and I was sorry to see it meet such a timely demise. Pocket hole screw are tough on saw blades but I’m sure Kreg would be proud of what there little screw accomplished.

Now a few shots of my new baby.

This is a pic of the spray painted pegboard shelf I added to my saw.

This pic shows the painted miter slots in the outfeed table.

I hope this blog was interesting and informative. That’s all folks.

-- Charlie - Texas

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#1 posted 07-26-2008 06:49 AM

Did you have to change your underwear after it went off? :-)

I bet you were surprised to say the least.

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

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#2 posted 07-26-2008 08:44 AM

Dang, you’ve got everything there that I want on mine. Reckon I’ll be ordering it when I get back from vacation in a couple of weeks. Still choking on the price but I’m about ready to swallow. I like that shelf you put underneath. I’d been thinking of something like that but hadn’t thought of using pegboard. Great idea. Enjoy!

I gotta know, Please answer Gary’s question. :-)

-- Darell, Norman, Ok.

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#3 posted 07-26-2008 11:46 AM

I am sure that setting the brake off was a surprise but now you know what it will do in a real life situation. It is one thing to see videos and read info pamphlets on it but to experience the blade brake first-hand is an eye-opening experience, I am sure. It is a shame about the blade though but blades can always be replaced whereas fingers can’t.

You put some nice upgrades on the saw as well.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 07-26-2008 07:04 PM

wow… looks more like a hybred than a contractors saw with that nice top. Is that a 50” fence? I might change my opinion on that little devil!


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Callum Kendall

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#6 posted 07-26-2008 11:44 PM

Looks great!

Thanks for the post


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#7 posted 07-27-2008 12:43 AM

Very nice… I’m glad it was a screw and not a body part!

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

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#8 posted 07-27-2008 05:43 AM

Gary , LOL. When it blows it’s is actually doesn’t make much noise. I was just stunned and it took me a few seconds to realize what had happened. I had that “ut oh” feeling.

-- Charlie - Texas

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#9 posted 07-27-2008 05:45 AM

Brad, it’s the 36 inch extenion. The 52 was to big for my shop. At least the way it’s setup today. Seems I have to rearrange everything I get something new. Next up is a jointer.

-- Charlie - Texas

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#10 posted 07-27-2008 02:56 PM

36” extension? thats unusual..but a good idea…gives you more flexibility than a 30” fence but not as space hogging as a 50”. Its a really nice saw, but I have to agree with Gary in your last episode. It’s just too much money. I went back to the blog where you ordered everything after reading this…and I almost soiled my shorts when I saw what you paid for this thing.You could buy a top notch cabinet saw for that kind of money..a Delta or a Powermatic. Or a nice hybrid and have enough left over to buy a decent jointer. I know the safety factor of the saw is awesome, and some people might say “my fingers are worth the extra money”...and it’s true you cant put a price on body parts (although my insurance company doesn’t agree)...thats ALLOT of cash for a contractors saw..although this machine I think is in a class by itself. It’s definitely allot nicer than a standard contractors saw..even excluding the blade brake system. It’s still pretty kickass, regardless of the cost. have fiun with your new toy!..theres nothing like that feeling of using a new LARGE tool!


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#11 posted 11-08-2008 06:17 PM

A SawStop is definitely my next major tool purchase. Gotta save my pennies, though.

I’d like to hear y’alls opinions: Is the cabinet saw worth the extra cost over the contractor’s saw?

-- Always do the Right Thing the Right Way the First Time - if you can figure out what that is! Ken, Spring Branch, TX

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#12 posted 11-08-2008 06:50 PM

Space and mobility and wanting 110V caused me to go with the contractor saw. It certainly does everything and move than I will ever need. Noe that I have had it for a while I’m even more impressed with the saw and not just the technology. I just have to believe that this technology will spread as soon as patent’s or whatever is holding it back/ Personally, being a career computer Technologist I don’t see the equipment being that expensive. At most should only add a hunderd bucks to the cost once the original creator recoups some of their developement investment.

-- Charlie - Texas

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#13 posted 09-15-2009 01:52 AM

Very nice saw, Charlie.

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