Woodworking Machinery/Tools Reviews #1: My experience with SawStop

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Blog entry by Ron Messersmith posted 07-30-2014 01:22 AM 1893 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Recently, I switched my main shop workhorse from a MiniMax CU300 Smart Combination Machine to the 5 HP Industrial Saw Stop Tablesaw. My reason is pretty simple: I am changing my major work from furniture to small boxes, bowls and wood toys. I am 67 and just want to get away from the heavy lifting. The MiniMax was a great machine but was just a little more than I needed and did not really support the jigs I had accumulated over the years or the Incra Fence system that I wanted to support the more intricate joinery I am expecting to see with my future project goals.
Since incorporating the SawStop into my shop, I have activated the brake system 5 times!!!! I was never close to cutting myself but I keep touching conducting materials such as my aluminum fence or metal push sticks, ect with the blade and ‘BANG’!!! another $130.00 down the drain. I have to say, I love the quality of the machine. It’s a bit better than my old Powermatic 66 and is perfect for my current project list and the Incra Fence System makes it even better.
I also have to say I’ve never come across a better service backing than what I see with Saw Stop. Recently, I had a problem with the 5 HP motor and SawStop sent me a new motor in 3 days with no questions. I just had to peel the label off the old motor and mail it to them.
Bottom Line, after running many machines over the past 50 years, I put SawStop right at the top of the list for machines up to 5 HP.

-- Jupiter

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Mark Shymanski

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#1 posted 07-30-2014 07:01 AM

Wow 650 bucks is a pretty expensive learning curve!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#2 posted 07-30-2014 09:08 AM

...but no blood, that’s the ‘Gooder’ thing. :-)

Best Regards. – Len
Work Safely and have Fun.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#3 posted 07-30-2014 02:08 PM

The SawStops are definitely top quality machines. Might consider using wooden push sticks and adding a piece of wood to the fence to prevent accidentally activating the safety stop.

-- Julian

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#4 posted 07-30-2014 08:29 PM

Yikes, that’s a lot of blades and brakes…

-- paxorion

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