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Forum topic by The_Handy_Dad posted 05-30-2018 05:09 PM 577 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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The_Handy_Dad

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05-30-2018 05:09 PM

Topic tags/keywords: sawstop crosscut table

Hello,

I have the new version of the SawStop crosscut table, with detentes. Has anyone had any issues with adjusting the SawStop crosscut table to be level with the iron table of the saw? It appears that the extruded crosscut table I have is “crowned” by about .050”. So the fence is running uphill or downhill depending on how close I have it left of the saw blade. My concern would be for fixtures attached to the fence, keeping the Z height consistent.

Overall I am really struggling with this sliding table. The aluminum bearing races were damaged during shipment, they have brinelling from the bearing balls impacting them during handling in shipment. I’ve exchanged it 2x, and each one has the issue. I am worried about long term spalling from the indentations. Sawstop has basically washed their hands of me, saying it’s not their fault and they won’t send another unit. I am pretty stunned at their lack of accountability – it is their packaging design, they should have done testing.

I am also concerned about how much flex the table has when crosscutting boards longer than 3’. I had hoped to be able to use this table in lieu of a miter saw for many operations (my choice, limited space, etc., etc.). But with the flex from the cantilevered weight of the board, the cut isn’t square to the sides.

Thoughts, suggestions… buy a combi machine? :-)

Thanks,
Adam

-- “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, Nothing is going to get better. It's not.” - Dr. Seuss


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bobasaurus

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#1 posted 05-30-2018 05:19 PM

Should probably return that thing and get another, that’s pretty far off from straight for extrusion.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#2 posted 02-16-2019 09:04 PM

Hi Adam, I was just read your post and wanted to know what came about. Did you return it and get a new or did you find away to correct this issue. Also how do you like having the sliding table do you find it getting in the way or are you happy with it.

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The_Handy_Dad

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#3 posted 02-17-2019 01:10 AM

Hi Alan,

I was unable to get SawStop to send me replacement components or exchange the unit because I purchased it via Amazon. This was the end result after almost 6 months of hassle. They are aware that shipping damage is likely when not shipped with a larger order via truck to a store front, and said I could buy another from a dealer.

So – I sold the entire Sawstop setup and purchased a Hammer C3-41. I am extremely happy with my purchase. The Sawstop slider is subpar for the cost. I thought I would get better integration from a Sawstop slider. It’s good enough for most, but the bearing races are aluminum and will wear and are prone to brinelling. If I was set on keeping the Sawstop then I would get a Grizzly or Excalibur slider for the Sawstop. Both are a better choice for the cost.

For the cost of a Sawstop professional and a Sawstop slider you are about the same price as a Hammer K3 slider – which is night and day better.

I’m very concerned with safety, and a slider eliminates the chance of getting my hands into the blade. It would be nice to have the blade brake, but I’m satisfied with having the same safety via a different mechanism of action.

Hope this helps!

-- “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, Nothing is going to get better. It's not.” - Dr. Seuss

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#4 posted 02-17-2019 01:34 AM

That’s so funny I went to the WoodWorking Show Yesterday and looked at the Hammer C3 and thought if I was going to spend $1200 on a slider I could sell my SawStop and by the Hammer C3. Thanks for the info.

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