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Forum topic by Woodmaster1 posted 03-01-2020 05:21 PM 711 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Woodmaster1

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03-01-2020 05:21 PM

I like the sawstop Tablesaw seems to be made well. I have had the same issue with two different Sawstop PCS the worm gear will drop and not engage with the trunion causing it to swing to 45 degrees without warning. The one I had at the school where I taught and the one at my woodworking club have both experienced this problem so I was wondering if anyone else has had this issue. Since I have had the problem on the only ones I’ve used just checking to see if this an issue with more than the ones I have used.


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#1 posted 03-01-2020 05:52 PM

I have owned a 3Hp PCS for seven years. I have never experienced the issue you described. Come to think of it, I haven’t had any problems with the saw at all.

I am certain that you (or others involved) contacted SawStop. What did they say about the problem? Was it due to a manufacturing issue of something to do with use of the saw?

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#2 posted 03-01-2020 06:01 PM

We have 2 of them at school and never had that issue. They both, however, were very hard to crank the blade up and down…so bad that the students broke the crank handles on both of them!

Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 03-02-2020 12:54 AM

I have never had that problem or heard of it. What did SawStop Customer Service say?

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#4 posted 03-02-2020 01:43 AM

The only cranking problem I’ve had in the 7 yrs. of using it is in the tilt (needed lubrication-a little difficult to do). Nothing like the problem you described. It is a great (and SAFE) saw.

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EllenWoodHead

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#5 posted 03-02-2020 02:48 AM



The only cranking problem I ve had in the 7 yrs. of using it is in the tilt (needed lubrication-a little difficult to do). Nothing like the problem you described. It is a great (and SAFE) saw.

- kajunkraft

Obviously, the OP’s saw is not safe.

-- "wood" and "good" rhyme, but not "food"

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#6 posted 03-02-2020 11:34 AM

The best advice is to contact sawstop. They are very helpful. I have a 5 year old PCS and have never had a problem. Has the saw been cleaned and lubed? A build up of sawdust would cause hard cranking and other issues.

-- Gary, Central Illinois

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#7 posted 03-02-2020 11:41 AM

This symptom has been mentioned in other forums. I would definitely contact SS. They make several saws. I don’t know how similar the trunnions are between the “professional” and “industrial” or if they made any changes over time. Have you got under there to inspect it and see if it is a mater of getting gummed up, bent, or broken? With The number sold, it is doubtful to be a design issue and they still be in business!

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#8 posted 03-02-2020 02:42 PM

mine did this about 4 years ago it was because the worm gear on the handle is only attached with a set screw and I had saw dust built up on the 45* stop and kept cranking on the handle which caused the worm gear to slide off. threw every single adjustment on the saw out of alignment and has never cut the same since.

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#9 posted 03-02-2020 03:28 PM

What is true with every table saw and cabinet saws is the necessity to clean the inside. With strong dust collection, you need to do it less often. Every once in awhile, I open my SawStop PCS and clean thoroughly. I concentrate on the arbor, trunnion and gears. It makes it easier to operate and avoids problems. I use a shop vac and a long handled brush.

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Woodmaster1

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#10 posted 03-02-2020 09:52 PM

I will take a look at the worm gear on the woodworking club’s saw and check it. The one at the school was fixed by the maintenance dept. and I retired 5 years ago so I have no idea how it been working.

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