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DrTebi

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#1 posted 12-06-2016 10:42 AM

I have had the SawStop Professional Cabinet Saw with the 36” rails now for about five years, and will share my findings with you… first to answer your questions:

1. CARTRIDGE LIFE
I don’t think it is much to worry about. The last one I put in was at least three years ago, the saw has never complained. I am of course assuming that it would complain if the break was faulty…

2. MOBILE BASE for EXTENSION
The mobile base works great. The extension table lifts off the floor and moves along. However, the extension legs are quite flimsy, and have no crossbars, which means they will tend to mis-align, which is annoying. The saw generally stands strong enough to make most cuts, but the extension table is something where SawStop definitely saved some money.

3. FICKLE
No fickle. There are moments when the saw is “thinking” for a few seconds, after turning the power on, and after stopping the saw (hitting the red paddle). So you cannot go from off to on immediately, but the downtime is not long enough to annoy me. I have not had any false-positives yet. I did manage to cut into my miter gauge a couple of times though in the beginning… an expensive affair when the break hits and you need to buy a new brake and new blade! By the way, Forrest will in most cases repair a saw-stopped blade, but I did not feel that the blade ran as smooth as it did before the repair…

4. LONG-TERM
I don’t know what will happen when the patent runs out.

I will tell you something else about long-term though: My table is not flat anymore. I measured almost 1/64” off from left to right with a 12” long engineers square. I have not yet tried to fix it, but it is very frustrating. Setting the blade to 90 degrees is in a way useless now… well, if I remember to only cut from one side, it is somewhat OK, still a big bummer. I suppose this happened because the table was not properly seasoned at the factory.

The only other thing I would complain about is the insert plate. I just hate insert plates… the one that comes with the saw tips if you put pressure at the wrong spot. Making your own may help.

Other than that, I think it’s quite a nice saw. The blade has been running true, the miter slots are parallel, the fence system is quite nice…

Last but not least, regarding shipping: I bought mine through Woodcraft, and I was very happy with the service. They did not just drop the saw on the sidewalk and walked away as some other dealers (looking at you, Felder/Hammer), they brought it down into my sub-terrain garage, made sure everything was there, had a little chat, exchanged some tips etc. That was Woodcraft San Jose.


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