Sawstop Tips From the User's Perspective #2: The Yellow Screw, Oh That Yellow Screw

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Blog entry by pintodeluxe posted 01-26-2017 06:25 PM 2773 reads 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So I have been switching back and forth between the dado blade and combination blade a lot lately on my PCS. I think these changeovers are a minor pain on all saws, but not much more work with a sawstop. Just swap the brake cartridge for a dado cartridge, and perhaps adjust the distance between the blade and brake. That is what the yellow Allen head bolt under the ZCI does.

Sawstop includes a slick little gauge for testing the appropriate distance between the blade and brake. The Allen wrench isn’t the best, because it needs to be used in the vertical orientation. This leaves the short end of the wrench to turn, which doesn’t offer much leverage. I replaced it with an 8mm T-handle wrench that I dedicate to the tablesaw. This way when I switch from my dado set (actually oversized), and my Freud blades (undersized) that yellow screw is easy to adjust.

I would be interested to hear of any blade combinations (dado and standard blades) that do not require adjustment when switching from one to the next. I have some nice dado sets, but will probably add the Dewalt 7670 to my collection. Anyone have experience with that dado blade and a Sawstop?

Check out part one of this series for info on a thin kerf riving knife.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#1 posted 01-26-2017 11:29 PM

That T-handle looks like a great tool if you’re changing blades a lot. I usually leave my thin-kerf combo blade in, and only swap in the Freud FTB when I need to make flat-bottomed grooves.

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#2 posted 01-27-2017 12:07 AM

Great solution

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#3 posted 01-28-2017 08:27 PM

I use the blade that came with my SS and the dewalt dado set, and I do not have to adjust the brake position for either.


-- Part of engineering is to know when to put your calculator down and pick up your tools.

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#4 posted 01-29-2017 07:02 AM

Thanks for that info Brian. The Dewalt dado must be pretty close to 8” diameter actual dimension. The Infinity Dadonator is more like 8-1/8”.

Your not supposed to use dado sets with full blade chippers on the Sawstop, but I can still use it for cutting grooves, or with a partial stack.

How do you like the Dewalt dado? Good for hardwood joinery?

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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