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Blog series by CharlieD updated 07-26-2008 06:02 AM 11 parts 18290 reads 79 comments total

Part 1: Placing Order

04-08-2008 07:51 PM by CharlieD | 11 comments »

Today I called Woodcraft in Houston and placed (well almost) my order for the new Contractor model SawStop. They said I could come in or place the order over the phone. I decided to do it over the phone. This must be their first order at this store since they searched for a part number, couldn’t find it, and will call me back when they obtain the information necessary to take the order. I have been waiting for to do this for over a year since the original date for the saw was spr...

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Part 2: Orderd ... Not ordered

04-10-2008 06:09 PM by CharlieD | 3 comments »

Got a call from Woodcraft. They can’t take my order yet. Told to call back in 6 weeks. Woodcraft stated that SS is currently building inventory so they can ship adequate numbers once the date hits for distribution. Some of the information I got from Woodcraft differed from the SSp website so I called Sawstop. They were very informative and helpful. SS expects to ship at the end of May, first of June. The base price of around $1500 is for the base model, stamped steel wings, s...

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Part 3: No New News

04-21-2008 05:59 PM by CharlieD | 4 comments »

Call today to SawStop brought no new information. They are still saying May/June timeframe for the contractor model release.

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Part 4: Really Placing My Order

05-30-2008 11:21 PM by CharlieD | 18 comments »

After a 2 year wait today I placed an order for the Sawstop Contractor table saw. I called Woodcraft in Houston and placed the order over the phone. For those of you who wondered about the cost…... it is a little high….... but everything is relative. It cost a lot to sew fingers back on. First I have to say that I was somewhat distribured by the shipping charge. The charge is $375.00. I can’t image that it costs that much to ship and I assume that Sawstop is making s...

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Part 5: Update of no update - As of today 6/17 still waiting on arrival of saw

06-17-2008 08:49 PM by CharlieD | 2 comments »

Yesterday I called Woodcrafter’s to check and see if by chance my Sawstop had arrived early. I was quickly reminded that it was not expected in until the end of June. Oh well, like the song says “still waiting after all these years”.

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Part 6: Continuing "Waiting" Saga

06-26-2008 07:45 PM by CharlieD | 3 comments »

Update – Yesterday (6/25/08) I called Woodcraft to check on the status of my SawStop Contractor model. Expected delivery date to the store of July 7. There was much confusion around my order which was a little disconcerting. The conversation went from we don’t have an order from you, it’s mislabeled, you ordered only a set of cast iron wings, you returned an outfeed table, your order was marked as a “sale” and should have been marked “back ordered̶...

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Part 7: Saw Arrived

07-07-2008 09:22 PM by CharlieD | 7 comments »

Called Woodcraft this morning to check on the status of my SawStop Contractor saw since it was due in today. Got the good news that it is in and waiting on my eager little hands to pick it up….... well will take a lot of hands to pick it up. Went home at lunch to change from car to truck, back at work and waiting on last meeting of the day to head to Woodcraft. Not particularly looking forward to assembly since I’m sometimes mechanically challenged and expect it will take somet...

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Part 8: Puttin it together - Very Impressed - Lexus Quality Fit and Finish

07-09-2008 11:58 PM by CharlieD | 6 comments »

Yesterday, I went to pick up my new SawStop. I got a very nice surprise worth $380. Since Woodcraft had received and order of 10 SawStop’s in one shipment they weren’t charged the individual shipping charges per saw and refunded me my shipping charge !! Unbelievable. My lucky day. After getting the saw home I was also surprised that it was not as hard to physically handle as I expected. The heaviest box was about 250 (I believe). Only needed one neighbor to move it f...

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Part 9: Assembly Complete - No Surprises

07-11-2008 11:20 PM by CharlieD | 3 comments »

The Lexus quality ( I’m a Lexus fan) fit and finish I have been touting about SawStop held true to completion. I am glad that I bought the 36 in rails and not the 52 in. Would have been too big for my one car gargage shop. You need some room for sure for the 52 in. I am amazed that the mobile base works smoothly and easily lifts the entire 375 LBs including the 36 rails. That’s is nice surprise. I thought that once you mounted the extention rails you couldn’t move t...

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Part 10: Ending Comments and Unexpected Test of the SawStop Technology

07-23-2008 11:42 PM by CharlieD | 9 comments »

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 go...

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Part 11: Final Entry with Pictures and story on testing the Sawstop

07-26-2008 06:02 AM by CharlieD | 13 comments »

I mentioned in the previous posting that I tested the Sawstop technology accidentally. Here it is and it’s impressive. The blade is buried about 3/4 of an inch into the alumium brake. The brake stopped the blade instantly as the teeth either side of the brake are untouched. Changing the brake was a breeze. As I mentioned before I’m not mechanical. Still trying to figure out how to change out the new window sheild wipers I bought 3 days ago. I replaced the blade in about 10 ...

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