This entry will close out this blog as I have finished the install and started cutting wood and building things with the SawStop. True to form the quality and fit and finish held through out the complete installation and setup. I had to do very little adjusting and in most cases would have been better to leave it alone. Kind of like my thoughts on plumbing “if it’s not leaking not touch it”. A couple of notes.
I mentioned in the previous entry that I wasn’t going to install the 30in out feed table. Changed my mind and made room in the shop and added the out feed table. One of the first things I needed to do was cut a sheet of plywood and the out feed table really helped. However I discovered that my single car garage door isn’t 8 feet wide and I couldn’t cut the full sheet down the middle anyway.
Another thing I discovered that many of you probably know is the saw (my old one would) won’t run from a power strip, at least not any I have. It has to be plugged directly into a receptacle or it blows the breaker on the power strip. I’m assuming I can buy a strip that will work so I don’t have to stretch the power cord across my shop to the receptacle. Otherwise, I will have to add wall receptacle. Just a small nuisance that can be fixed.
The saw is smooth as silk; the dust collection port is wonderful and really cuts down on saw dust.
Oh …. almost forgot to mention two alterations I made to the SawStop. 1. Added a shelf to span the open frame under the saw. I made it from peg board spray painted shinny black to match the saw. Also did this with my old table saw and open frame Delta Band Saw. This provides a handy place to store push sticks, etc. that you regularly use. The peg board allows much of the dust that escapes to fall through to the floor instead of accumulating on the shelf. Note – you have to cut out a small slot where the mobile base rod rises up or …..if you cut wrong like I did you simplly have a shelf that is 6 inches shorter than intended and allows the rod to rise. 2. The miter slots in the out feed table where unpainted and raw wood. Considering the saw has a beautiful powder shinny black paint job I’m surprised that SawStop left the out feed table with bare wood exposed in the miter slots. So I painted it the black to match the saw.
I wrote this ending piece last night but didn’t post it because I have pictures of the final product to post and wanted to wait. After my little accident last night I decided to post and will add the pics tomorrow.
Well…. last night while cutting the corner off a cabinet so it would fit properly I hit a screw and caused the Sawstop to execute its technology and kill a blade and brake. It works for sure. I joined the cabinet using pocket holes screws and this was my first time to use them. I didn’t realize (or think) I would hit the screw with my cut. Actually, its worst than that. I hit the screw, a few sparks flew and I thought I was past it, pushed forward, lots of sparks flew and the SawStop brake engaged. The saw blade instantaneously disappeared below the table top. Fortunately (or not) I planned ahead and ordered a replacement brake with the saw. Tonight, I get to experience replacing the brake and installing a new blade. More on that effort and pic’s tomorrow.
-- Charlie - Texas