Dado Setup on a Sawstop

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Forum topic by sreilly24590 posted 03-21-2017 02:38 PM 2662 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-21-2017 02:38 PM

I have just recently acquired a new Sawstop PCS31230-TGP236 and am now getting around to installing a new dado blade, a Freud SD208, which Sawstop support told me today is just fine for this saw. My problem seems to be getting enough clearance between the blade and the dada safety brake system. Calling them back they advised backing the nut off the adjuster bolt which is not easy to get to. I backed off the bolt a bit but got a very little additional movement.

Does anyone have any advice on doing this properly? I’ve checked and the blade just scrapes the surface of the space tool. I found that turning the adjustment bolt counter clockwise to increase the gap but am worried about going too far. It’s very difficult to make any additional adjustment to the nut. Of course I don’t want to take a chance on activating the brake and damaging the blade. At this point I’m just wanting to get the dado insert cut and make a few test cuts to check for accuracy.

Any suggestions would be very welcomed.



-- Steve, Virginia

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#1 posted 03-21-2017 03:28 PM

I don’t follow what you are worried about “I found that turning the adjustment bolt counter clockwise to increase the gap but am worried about going too far.”. That’s what that bolt is for, and the counterclockwise movement should give you the clearance you need. I would bet you’d have to crank it quite a ways to “go too far”.

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#2 posted 03-21-2017 03:36 PM

The large yellow nut is pretty easy to get to with the included Allen key. I find it a little difficult to reach the front edge of the cartridge, but the nut is right there beside the blade.

Here is the manual page.

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#3 posted 03-21-2017 03:52 PM

I thought Saw Stop recommended against dado sets and blades with the anti-kickback shoulders on them…. like SD208 and many others have.

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#4 posted 03-21-2017 04:46 PM

I’ve adjusted the gap a couple of times using the spacing gauge and Allen key with no issues. It’s designed to adjust.

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#5 posted 03-21-2017 06:21 PM

Thanks Guys, please see below:

Fred, I had read that too far and the motor won’t start at all. This morning I took a fresher look and noticed that the gap at the side closes the exiting side of the tablesaw was just barely scraping the gap gauge while the lowest and widest part of the brake was clearly far wider. I guess a bit gun shy as a newby to Sawstop I called them back and was told that the motor would not start if it was too close to the brake and that the lower part, the actually contact part should be further away. I was under the impression that they would both be similar which had me concerned. I was simply wanting to cut the slot for the new dado insert and make a few test cuts which is now done.

Rob, the Yellow Bolt head is easy to get to but the nut on the end of that bolt, also yellow is a bit more than difficult. I did manage to get a socket on it and make a few 1/4 turns. With an inspection mirror I can see that I have at least two threads between the nut and the assembly it goes through so plenty to adjust if ever needed.

knotscott, Michael @ Sawstop had asked about the diameter of the dado blade and I again told him it was a Freud SD208 and he said they were very accurate and no problem. From what I’ve read the dado blades that were questionable were the ones with full chippers because of the added mass. Maybe that’s changed but Michael made no reference to problems with this dado set.

After cutting the dado insert and making my test cuts, which worked great, I reinstalled the standard 10” cartridge and blade, checked the gap which appears fine, and made a few cuts. I was surprised I din’t need to make any adjustment but as Michael had said, the gauge is for minimum gap and I think I was from the beginning thinking that this was the gap needed and no more. And I have to admit after taking the brakes on and off a few times each I find it really quick and easy if not a bit tight but that has to do with the size of your hands I guess.

Agian guys, I appreciate the replies and look forward to learning for you.

-- Steve, Virginia

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#6 posted 03-21-2017 06:44 PM

That gap thing can be a killer. I had an issue with my 20T WWII rip blade. It would run for a few cuts then throw an error? I thought what the heck. Checked the code and said gap problem. Rechecked and turned on ran just fine. A few min later, same thing error? Talked to them they were great, and turned out that if when I got that error if i rotated that blade just a hair, it would start. Turns out that the gap between that blade by luck when it stopped spinning did not have a tooth close to the end of the sensor.

Only time I’ve ever had a problem with my SS. Love that blade on 12/4 stock the ICS cuts it like butter.

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#7 posted 03-21-2017 08:39 PM

I watched the down to earth woodworker when he got his sawstop and he timed how long it took to change to the dado cartridge, first time 2 hours, second time 7 minutes.

So goes much faster after the first time.

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#8 posted 03-23-2017 10:24 PM

The freud cross cut blade I got was a smaller diameter than the sawstop or the infinity rip blade and was a similar situation to what you describe. I wonder if the freud dado set is a larger than 8” diameter?

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