New toys #2: The vegan is here!

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Blog entry by Webb posted 12-24-2009 09:51 AM 1014 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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Got the new SawStop PCS today (arrived Friday but the local Woodcraft could only deliver today). Got the saw mostly setup; need to do adjustments and checking tomorrow (fence mostly – the rest I expect to be as good as I can tell without specialized testing equipment… but I’ll check anyway). I have not turned it on yet until after that’s done.

Some first quick impressions compared to my old Steel City:

The saw was the expected pleasure to put together – other reviews are right – the only part that was a bit annoying was putting on the mobile base. I would say this met my expectations – why other manufacturers cannot get this part right is beyond me and I think it is a sorry state of affairs that ‘user friendly setup with no bugs or problems’ is a revolution in manufacturing. This is not computer software or something with millions of functions to test and I sure expect a new car to work right away with no adjustments needed.

The fence seems better than I was expecting; I had a Steel City ‘industrial fence’ that I loved; this one actually seems to glide more smoothly though I’m still not sure how a feel about plywood for the face – I liked that slick plastic stuff but I’m sure it will grow on me. Seems flat so it should be fine. The SC also rode on the rear bar rather than on the table surface which seems better to me – not sure what wear and tear will be on the fence coming onto the saw from the extension table – that 1000th of an inch has to take off shavings each time :-). Also won’t it jar going over the mitre slots?

The saw is about 1/2” lower than the old SC – this is a pain since my outfeed table is now too high. I’m planning to shim the saw rather than go through the pain of lowering the table. Off to borg tomorrow for a bit of plywood to stick under it.

The mitre gauge is also better than I was expecting; certainly seems better than the SC one; much smoother operation adjusting angles. I don’t use them much though so I’m likely not the best reviewer for those (I have a chopsaw).

Review and pics later after I’ve actually used the thing; I still have a cutting board to finish so I have a bunch of cuts through laminated 8/4 maple/purpleheart lined up waiting for a saw.

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#1 posted 12-24-2009 01:45 PM

Webb, it sounds like you are having fun. It is always exciting when we get a new tool in the shop but a new table saw really gets the adrenaline pumping. I am looking forward to seeing your review of the saw.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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