New Unisaw or Sawstop

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Blog entry by Mike posted 09-18-2009 07:00 PM 2219 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ok, I just got back from getting my hands on the new Proffessional Cabinet Tablesaw by the folks from SAWSTOP. I must say that this saw is built like a tank, it is truely amazing saw. I had the opportunity
to look at the new Unisaw as well, another good saw. But if you want safety, it is SAWSTOP all the way.
The T-fence system just glides along the rails with very little effort. I should have one in about a month or less.

-- Mike, VT

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#1 posted 09-18-2009 07:21 PM

Mike congratulations ! on your new shop addition. I was at a wood show last spring when Sawstop released their contractor saw… and I must say I was impressed ! ( beyond the hot dog trick). The only obstacle between me and that saw is real estate … I just do not have the floor space for one at this time. Have fun take a look a Charles Neil video if you have not already done so it will alleviate any doubts you may have after purchasing your saw.

-- All bleeding will eventually stop.

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#2 posted 09-18-2009 08:07 PM

Dang! You beat me to the SawStop.

I want one so bad!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#3 posted 09-18-2009 08:14 PM

alright Mike this is a very good buy as i own one.

I will give you a little heads up.

  • it is real important to clean table top completely. has any medal shavings left will get under fence glider pad and were scratches in top.

  • second you will need to put at least a 25 amp breaker on that plug

  • third you will want to hang a sign up in site to remind you to Not to cut MEDALS or to get medals to close. this includes aluminum on miter gauge (remember the safety is on until blade is fully stopped)

  • four it is important to have a spare 10in saw brake on hand as the saw will not work with out it.

-- I get out in the shop when I can

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Scott Bryan

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#4 posted 09-18-2009 08:17 PM

Mike, congratulations on the saw. You will enjoy using it. Swapping the brakes out between regular cuts and dado operations takes some getting used to but it only takes about 5 minutes to make the changes once you get used to the set-up.

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

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#5 posted 09-19-2009 12:22 AM

Congrats you will love the smooth operation of a cabinet saw if you havent’ been using one. I have a rather new unisaw so I’m glad I don’t have to pick between the new Unisaw and Sawstop. I have seen the Sawstop and the safety feature is not just the only selling point it is truly a quality machine. Would like to get a look at the new Unisaw.

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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#6 posted 09-19-2009 01:22 AM

I love my Sawstop, but reiterate what Partridge said. Watch out for metal. A screw in the end of a board just cost me a new brake assembly. Still I feel much safer and it is much better saw than my old saw.

-- Robert in middle TN

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#7 posted 09-19-2009 01:44 AM

Understand the conductivity principle and you should be fine. Anything that conduct electricity ( the hot dog) or metal will interrupt the current and will set off the brake. This principle has been known to apply to wet or pressure treated wood not to mention fingers. I do not work or get sponsored by ( SAWSTOP) so this is an honest woodworker’s point of view. They make good saws with an added safety feature that all of my fingers likes. Just get a spare blade set on hand for those times were you hit a nail and count on both hands( 10) how often you have to replace it. Enjoy !

-- All bleeding will eventually stop.

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#8 posted 09-19-2009 05:50 AM

Thank you everyone for your feedback!

-- Mike, VT

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#9 posted 09-19-2009 06:12 AM

Check out the answers to question regarding cutting different material on Sawstop website.

-- Mike, VT

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