Sawstop Tips From the User's Perspective

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Blog series by pintodeluxe updated 12-05-2020 04:25 AM 3 parts 17131 reads 32 comments total

Part 1: Sawstop Riving Knife Redux

01-18-2017 07:22 PM by pintodeluxe | 21 comments »

I wanted to start a discussion about little issues that come up with Sawstop tablesaws and tips and tricks to make the tool easier to use and adjust. Whether it’s just becoming familiar with a new saw and refreshing your memory from the Sawstop manual, or coming up with something new, this is the place to share it. Recently I was ripping with my PCS using a thin kerf blade and a 2.3mm riving knife. The setup worked fine for a while, then the riving knife started hanging up on the w...

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Part 2: The Yellow Screw, Oh That Yellow Screw

01-26-2017 06:25 PM by pintodeluxe | 4 comments »

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 ...

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Part 3: "Tested the Brake on my Dado Blade, it Works!"

12-05-2020 04:25 AM by pintodeluxe | 7 comments »

So I was milling a shallow groove in a custom hardwood fence for a t-track. I already had a t-track installed on the opposite side of the fence. My Infinity dado blade hit the tip of a screw in the fence and fired the brake. I was sending the workpiece through the saw with a push paddle, but I must have brushed the t-track with my trailing hand. In totally unceremonious fashion, the blade immediately dropped below the table and munched the dado brake. Getting the blades and brake...

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