SawStop #4: The Assembly, Phase 2

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Blog entry by Don posted 04-04-2010 08:24 AM 1857 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It took less time to complete the rest of the assembly than I thought. The directions really are amazingly well written and the saw is well designed for easy assembly. I still need to move it into it’s final position and I have work to do building a new crosscut sled and outfeed table but the saw assembly is complete and it cuts like a dream.

Some observations now that I’ve actually cut something:
- It’s the smoothest running saw I’ve ever used.
- The saw blade was perfectly parallel with the miter track and by looking at the docs it should be real easy to adjust if I ever need to. My General saw was out when I bought it and I’ve had to adjust it about 4 times over the last 4 years.
- The saw blade that it came with is a decent blade. I still like my Freud combination blades better but it did a decent job of both ripping and crosscutting some 8/4 Hickory.
- The fence is really solid, better than any Besmier I’ve ever used.
- The fence has has 2 gauges, one on each side for cutting on both sides of the blade. And the rail has markings on both sides.
- The 52 inch rails will actually cut 53 inches.
- Even without a dust collector hooked to the safety gaurd and the guard removed it does a significantly better job of keeping dust out of my face.
- Even without the braking system, this saw is worth the extra money.

Number of trips to Home Depot to get the correct plug: 2.
Apparently there are 2 sizes of 3 prong locking plugs and of course I got the wrong one on the first trip. I’m glad Home Depot is only a mile away.

Number of head bumps: 1
That’s pretty good considering how many times I had to get up and down from the floor. All I hit was a piece of plywood sticking out from a shelf so it was pretty minor and no blood.

Number of times my wife freaked out when she found empty bandage wrappers in the bathroom: 1.
When I took the safety guard off I slipped and my finger hit the spring loaded teeth that are there to stop kick backs. Considering how sharp they are I think they’ll work pretty well.

Here’s a photo of the saw fully assembled:


Now I just have to move it into it’s final place, build a new outfeed table, build a new crosscut sled, buy some more dust hoses and adapters, hook up the dust collector to the safety guard, get the mess cleaned up, and figure out where the remaining bolts were supposed to go…

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

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#1 posted 04-04-2010 09:05 AM

looks real great standing assemblet on the floor
and the black colour looks good even thow
you always can see the dust on black
but I hope it was a joke the last comment


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#2 posted 04-04-2010 12:42 PM

sweet saw !

happy trails to you …..

-- 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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#3 posted 04-04-2010 01:24 PM

Don, this saw will be a real pleasure to use.

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

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#4 posted 04-04-2010 02:09 PM

look at the wood on the pallet some of the cross beams might be good to use for projects, this is what i did when i got my unisaw.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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#5 posted 04-04-2010 02:27 PM

Wow, wow, wow!...what a cool saw. Really its fun time setting it up and…
I don’t mind if I have to sleep in the shop (actually can hardly sleep) to be able to wake up early to continue the next stage.
What if your wife suggested that you have to go visit your/her family who live hundreds of mile away from home at this time? Would you say ”...eeemmmm honey, that is a great idea but can we…etc etc” LOL

Congratulations Don.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#6 posted 04-04-2010 07:22 PM

Hey Don
Thanks for the blog on the saw stop . I’m glad you ended up with a safe and quality saw. If I were rich I’d buy one for Evey woodworker as a gift of safety.


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