SawStop #1: The Arrival

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Blog entry by Don posted 03-31-2010 04:28 AM 2083 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I finally got fed up with my cheap General hybrid table saw. It’s been a good saw for the money but I was a professional wood worker long enough to know the difference between it and a good cabinet saw and I was never very happy with it. I ordered the SawStop Professional cabinet saw from my local WoodCraft store a couple days ago and it arrived today:


-- Don - I wood work if I could. Redmond WA.

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#1 posted 03-31-2010 04:39 AM

new tool ,

new life .

way to go , bro !

don’t cut any hot dogs ,
i hear that could be expensive (LOL) !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 03-31-2010 07:50 AM

Hey Don
Congrats on a great new saw.


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#3 posted 03-31-2010 12:24 PM

Congratulations on the saw, Don. It is always exciting when we add a new tool to the shop but a new tablesaw seems to really get the adrenaline rush going. This is a quality saw and will be a wonderful addition to your shop.

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

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#4 posted 03-31-2010 12:59 PM

congrat´s with your new toy
is there a chance for a blog on the set up and tuning
and a later one of what you think of the maschine
when you had the saw for a while
good and bad things about it compared to others
that wood bee interessting to hear for a change


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#5 posted 03-31-2010 03:06 PM

Way to go on the new “toy”. Maybe one day I will have one, but for now I am glad for you.

-- Gary, Little River,SC I've Learned that the Lord didn't do it all in one day and neither can I

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#6 posted 03-31-2010 03:08 PM

I’ve got my eye on one of those.

I am anxious to see how you like it.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#7 posted 03-31-2010 05:21 PM

Thanks everyone.

Dennis, yes I plan to blog everything you suggested. I started unpacking it last night and hope to start assembling it tonight after work.

David, it’s really tempting to try the hotdog test myself but the entire brake and saw blade have to be replaced when it’s activated. That makes it about $150 per hot dog cut…

-- Don - I wood work if I could. Redmond WA.

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#8 posted 03-31-2010 07:05 PM

This is Hilarious. One would think that people that invented “SAWSTOP” being saftey concious and all, would send there saws out completley ready to go. What if someone from say ” Columbia” that is unable to read the setup directions, because they are written in English” sets this saw up incorrectly, then some unknown worker uses this saw and CUTS himself, thinking this was safe technology.(Parts left over or somthin) I would hate to read about a lawsuit against SAW STOP for cardboard cuts .
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE————run with this one !

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#9 posted 03-31-2010 07:15 PM

Congratulations on the saw. Mine should arrive tomorrow.

-- Roger Gaborski,

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#10 posted 04-01-2010 05:12 AM

canadianchips, it would be extremely difficult and impracticle to ship something like this completley ready to go. The resulting single package would be way to big to handle and protuding parts like the handles and safety gaurds would be highly susceptable to breaking. It would also add significant cost to the saw to have someone else assembling all that. It’s not like I have to install the breaking system, I basically just have to attach the wings, rails, extension table, handles, and a few other misc things.

If SawStop is available in Colombia then I’m pretty confidant it comes with instructions translated to Spanish. The assembly instructions that come with it are very well written and anybody not capable of reading and following them isn’t going to be able to read and follow safety instructions either and shouldn’t be using a table saw anyway.

Also, SawStop makes no claims that this is “Safe” technology. It’s just “Safer” but it is still quite possible to cut yourself on it and they say that. No one who has cut themself on any table saw can blame anybody or anything but themselves for not following basic safety rules.

-- Don - I wood work if I could. Redmond WA.

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#11 posted 04-01-2010 05:14 AM

Roger, congratulations to you too. I hope you’ll be blogging about your experience with it too.

-- Don - I wood work if I could. Redmond WA.

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#12 posted 04-01-2010 05:19 AM

Congrats, Don.

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#13 posted 04-01-2010 05:26 AM

I just ordered a sawstop 5HP industrial model for our school about 2 weeks ago. I will post an update when we recieve it!

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#14 posted 04-01-2010 01:41 PM

Hey guys;

Congrats on the new saw purchase.

These are really well made saws.

When my Unisaw bites the dust, that’s probably what will replace it.

(I would feel like I’m replacing an older wife with a new young one if I replaced it now, and I’m sure if I did either, my “old wife” would kill me).


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#15 posted 04-03-2010 05:33 PM

Lee – You mean IF it bites the dust.

The Unisaw will probably outlive you.

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

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