My experience with a new Sawstop, board buddies and Digital fence.

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Blog entry by Rob Vicelli posted 02-07-2011 10:51 PM 6381 reads 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After being on order for 3 weeks I finally received my PCS 1.75 SawStop with 52” Rails (Gloat) last week. I guess the wait was not that bead because I was able to research, plan and purchase the accessories I wanted to use.
As stated by others the package was excellent. I did have some trouble installing the front fence tube but a quick call to SS (In which they answered the phone with a real person) resolved the issue. A change in the way you square it and tighten it to the rail was all that was needed. All other adjustment were spot on out of the box. I am currently using a WWII blade and have not tried the SS blade yet. Dust collection is adequate and I expect superb once the free above table dust collect comes in.

So after 1 week I have completed the installation of the Board buddies. This is the first time I have used this product and find the rear on I am leaving on almost all the time. The front one I use for sheet goods or ripping wider boards. It took a little adjusting to get the right pressure on the rear roller so you don’t feel resistance when the board reaches it. I used the original BB mounting rail on top of a scrap piece of wood. The wood is mounted with bolts threaded into the fence. When not using the front roller I find the Grip tite feather board amazing. Never having a metal surface on my saw I feel I was really missing out!

Next I installed the Wixey Digital fence. I was not sure I wanted this because I was very accurate with my fence and felt I could do the same with this fence. I also did not want it looking to cheesy (LOL). I Purchased it at the local Rockler during a ½ off sale, Now I feel better about it. I did install the rail upside down as stated in numerous forums and this gave it a very good look and tight clearances. I choose to not use the installation brackets but instead tap into the front fence tube and screw directly into this. I find after using this product for awhile that I am still very accurate with the standard fence when compared to the Wixey, but I do find the INC reading very helpful when wanting to remove a specific amount of material. All and all I do like this product and what it offers for the price I paid, at full price I might reconsider.

Now the outfeed table. Not looking for anything really spectacular here, more so I need functional. I choose a 56×24 wide table because that is what I had in stock. I suppose it could have been a little deeper then 24”but I can always change that if needed. I choose to use piano hinges for the table. Most of the outfeed tables I saw online have a longer stationary piece off of the saw with support brackets going down to the base of the saw (Most likely for Contractor style saws). Because I fold my down and tuck it against the wall I shortened that support to 4 inches. It is main rail is constructed from 2 oak boards. The first one was bolted to the rear rail then the other placed on top of it and screwed in from the bottom. I cut a groove for the Piano hinge to make installation easier. I then mounted the table half of the hinge portion.
I then drilled and countersunk carriage bolts to bolt the rear board to the table. I made the holes in the table slightly larger for adjusting the height. All pieces that have edge exposure were cut at a slight angle to ensure no hang ups when pushing a board through. So far I have cut some plywood sheets and the table has functioned as intended.

Well I hope this helps someone when considering this saw or some of the products I have choose to use. I know I would have been lost without reviewing some of the informative posts here. Would they all be 5 stars? No, but they do all add value, precision and safety to my cuts. This saw is really a joy to use, no buyer’s remorse here .

-- Rob V

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#1 posted 02-08-2011 12:01 AM

Nice additions.

I like mine too.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#2 posted 02-08-2011 12:41 AM

That is the same saw I have and I love it. I like your version of the out feed table. I just might have to get on the ball and make it.

Great information, fill us in after a few months of working with it…

-- David, Mesa Arizona

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#3 posted 02-08-2011 12:51 AM

good luck with your new saw

-- Robert Laddusaw and no I am not smarter then a fifth grader ( and no I canot spell so if it is a problem don't read it ))

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#4 posted 03-07-2013 07:18 AM

Very nice. Still have the same outfeed support in place? Any design changes you wish you’d implemented?

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#5 posted 03-07-2013 01:06 PM

Tucker, Thank you.
I am using the same outfeed and have no issues with it. The size is good for my uses, actually because it is not as wide as the saw I put my Rigid sander on a cart in that spot, just wheel it out of the way when I cut wide panels. AS for the saw, if money was no object I should have got the 3hp, Some bogging on some 2.5” hard maple. Worked out ok just slowed down the feed.
Wixey – Is is a necessity ?- no, but nice to have.
Board buddies are great on cutting of plywood or any large pieces, other then that I take them off and use featherboards.
Hope this helps

-- Rob V

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