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Blog entry by Jon Spelbring posted 02-15-2010 12:23 AM 1427 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

... is now mine. I just left the Woodworking show. I have been looking at (OK, ogling) them for awhile. Honest, I only went in to man the booth for the St. Louis Woodturners, but…. well, let’s just say that impulse control is not my strong suit.

So, anyone in the St. Louis area interested in a Craftsman Hybrid table saw? (it’s the 1 1/2 HP model). I’ll cut you a great deal; I can’t get the Sawstop set up until the Craftsman goes bye-bye.

I’ll blog more once I get it unpacked (had to take it out of the big box to get it out of the truck/snow and into the shop).

-- To do is to be

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#1 posted 02-15-2010 01:16 AM

congrats on the sawstop!

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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#2 posted 02-15-2010 01:33 AM

Jon, you have a saw that you will certainly enjoy using. I am looking forward to seeing your next blog.

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

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#3 posted 02-15-2010 01:40 AM

hey jon.i am afraid to ask what happens if you go to a new car show.congrats and enjoy.

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#4 posted 02-15-2010 02:19 AM

You are going to love the Sawstop!!

-- Chip ----------- 6:8

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#5 posted 02-15-2010 05:36 AM

Congrats!! I love my cabinet sawstop!! Loved it even more when I ran my hand into a fully spinning Forrest Woodworker II blade. Paper towel on the finger, while my heart calmed down, took off the paper towel to look, all done! Changed the blade and break, and back to work!! I am a pster child for the saw!!!

-- Anchul - Warrensburg, MO: As a Pastor, I am just trying to get closer to Jesus. He was a woodworker too.

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#6 posted 02-15-2010 06:43 AM

I managed to get it partially assembled this evening. I haven’t put the fence on yet. I’m debating whether to use the fence that comes with it, or get whatever adaptors I need to get my Incra TS-III to play nice with it.

As many others have said. This was the easiest assembly of any power tool I have ever had. Period. Dead simple instructions. Good illustrations. I really like the way they packaged the extra hardware (screws and whatnot). Quite a nice change from the usual greasy bag O bolts!

I will still have to rewire one wall of my shop, but I was planning on that anyway (Lathe needs to go 220V).

I’ll post again once “It’s Alive!”

-- To do is to be

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#7 posted 02-15-2010 06:10 PM

Hey – all you other PCS jocks out there – does anyone have thoughts on which of the two mobile bases offered are “better”? I don’t see myself moving it too often, but I’d like to be able to. The “integrated” one seems like it would fit the bill. Does anyone have one? How do you like it?

-- To do is to be

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#8 posted 02-17-2010 05:56 PM

The saw is now fully assembled with my Incra TSIII. I’ve got a router table for the right side on order (old table was left side – won’t fit the “bump” on the SS). Now I get to pull the panels off of my wall and run another 220V line. I toyed with the idea of just changing out the (3) outlets on that wall with 220V ones and replacing the breaker for that circuit with a 220v/20A, but that would leave me with no 110 – I’ll need that for my router and lights. I also looked at the NEMA 5-15/6-15 dual voltage receptacles, but with the SS drawing 13 amps, I wouldn’t be comfortable putting anything else on the circuit. In fact, I’m rather surprised that they chose to put a 15 amp style plug (or any plug for that matter) on the saw. Happily, a 5-15 plug fits happily into a 6-15 outlet.

I’ll post a couple of pics this evening – can’t wait to make some test cuts!

-- To do is to be

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