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Posted on Considering Buying a SawStop - Thoughts?

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#1 posted 11-11-2018 09:10 PM

In the world of firearms there’s a saying: “There are two types of people: Those who have had a negligent discharge, and those who will.” I view table saw accidents in much the same way.

As a brand new woodworker with no table saw experience, I went with a SS for extra peace of mind. I’m still being diligent in following all safety procedures about table saws, but it’s helpful to know that if I have a mishap in the future, it will likely be less catastrophic.

Using a Sawstop may limit some of the accessories you can or will want to buy or use, or will just require more attention on your part. Specifically, you’ll need to be careful with any aftermarket aluminum miter gauges that you don’t knick the gauge with your blade, or you’ll trigger the brake. Likewise, on any crosscut sled you make, you’ll have to be careful if you integrate T-track into the design that you never cut into the T-track if you aren’t in bypass mode.

For the crosscut sleds, the solution seems to be that you either need to mount the track higher than the saw can extend (which would make for a potentially awkward height to the rear fence of the sled), or leave a gap in the track when you install it on the fence. I’ve seen where people have added the gap by cutting into the fence using their saws in bypass mode, and others where they cut the track on their miter saw and add the gap themselves during the installation.

-- JAWS: Just Another Woodworking Schmuck

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