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SawStop Assembly #2: Completed Saw Assembly

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Blog entry by HappyHowie posted 04-26-2016 04:52 AM 1046 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: First Step: To Stand the Cabinet Saw Upright... Part 2 of SawStop Assembly series Part 3: Adjusted the Fence Rail »

The industrial mobile base with a kit for the PCS saw arrived a couple days earlier than expected. I modified the mobile base so the professional cabinet saw would fit inside the base. Four boxes arrived just four days after I ordered my SawStop from Amazon.com.

I removed the accessories items packed inside the large box. Then I cut away the sides of the box so just the cabinet saw remained. Trimming away the bottom edges of the cardboard as well as the styrofoam allowed me to move the cabinet so I could fit my straps underneath the saw along the edges of the cast iron table top.

I stood up the cabinet saw and inserted it inside the industrial base as stated in the previous blog entry.

I next began adding the cast iron table top wings by first removing the oiled paper and wiping clean the oil with a clean cloth. I also sprayed some WD-40 to help cut the oil.

In order to help hold the heavy cast iron wings I used my super sawhorses and the outfeed JIGs clamped to make them the desired height. This JIG helped me through this process. Next I started to install the front and rear rails.

Again I used my super sawhorses to hold the rails steady.

Next I installed my 36 inch table extension. This was probably the most tedious task in this whole saw setup.

After that the installation of the fence and rail guide was required. I found out later that I probably did not tighten one of the screws or bolts for the extension table. It dropped on one edge a fraction of an inch. This means I will need to remove the rail guide and readjust the height of the extension table. It needs to be exactly flush with the cast iron table top so the rip fence does not bump into the cast iron when slid across the right wing of the saw’s table top. Oh, well. It just would not feel right if I had completed an install perfectly, the first time…

My shop uses a different 240 volt plug so I cut off the existing plug and installed the compatible plug that fits my 240 volt sockets, I ran the saw to confirm everything worked.

Tomorrow I will check calibrations and readjust the height of the extension table; as I stated above it dropped a little on the front edge for some reason. It will take some time but the task is not difficult.

-- --- Happy Howie



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WhoMe

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#1 posted 04-26-2016 03:51 PM

You are going to enjoy that saw/mobile base combo.

-- I'm not clumsy.. It's just the floor hates me, the tables and chairs are bullies, the wall gets in the way AAANNNDDD table saws BITE my fingers!!!.. - Mike -

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#2 posted 04-26-2016 04:22 PM

That is a beauty! Almost a shame to get it all covered in sawdust.

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HappyHowie

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#3 posted 04-26-2016 04:45 PM

Since I bought this saw during the month of April, I will be receiving their overhead dust collection kit. I filled out the form and mailed it in. I suspect that it will be delivered like everything else: exceeding my expectations.

I am not sure how often I will have this overhead dust collection system on my saw, but since it was offered for no extra cost I could not turn down that offer.

I never had my blade guard on my old saw, very much. I got use to having a clear view of the blade cutting my lumber. I got bit though, but it wasn’t the saw’s fault. For some reason I was compelled to move that small off-cut piece without turning off the saw. And, like a fool, knowing I do not have depth perception, I reached for that piece of wood. I touched the running blade instead of the small wood piece just laying there still as a dead mouse. I had to suck off the blood from those finger tips before I could see the damage I had done to myself. Like a lot of others, at first, there was no pain. Shock did settle in, but it wasn’t mine. It was my wife as she tried driving me to the emergency room. I wasn’t going to let her see the wound. Maybe I should have because her imagination probably thought I was worse off. Now a year and two weeks later I have assembled a SawStop table saw in my woodshop. It can still bite, but I do not believe it will chop digits off. Certainly, I am not going to stick my fingers into a running blade again just to test and see what happens afterwards.

Be safe…

-- --- Happy Howie

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#4 posted 04-26-2016 10:08 PM

Enjoy the saw Howie…it’s a beauty. I have the same one and, unfortunately we have something else in common, I too was bitten on my prior saw in a very similar fashion. I’ll send a PM with the details. I have the overhead dust collection and find it to be mediocre at best (when I use it). They engineered the connection to the 4 inch part at 90 degrees which is a known no-no. I’ve heard a few folks say they re-worked the connection to a better angle (45 degrees, I think) and it increased the efficiency some. I use the Microjig gripper so much that I hardly ever use the blade guard on rip cuts now. You have yourself a top notch quality saw.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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