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SawStop #2: Unpacking

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Blog entry by Don posted 04-01-2010 06:27 AM 2915 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: The Arrival Part 2 of SawStop series Part 3: The Assembly, Phase 1 »

I got most of it unpacked last night after posting the first blog. The instructions said to get a buddy to help roll the cabinet off the pallet and stand it up but I managed to do it alone. It’s heavy but doable alone if you know the right way to lift and follow the instructions.

First Impressions:
- It is really well packed. I’ll be surprised if I find anything that was damaged during shipping.
- The instructions are very well written with color drawings. Even I’ll be able to follow them without a problem.
- All the little loose parts like bolts and washers are not stuffed into a llittle bag leaving the user trying to figure out exactly which part is supposed to part #42B. (See photo below). This is a really nice touch.
- The cabinet actually looks slightly smaller than my cheap General saw but it’s much sturdier. The General saw feels like sheet metal. The SawStop cabinet feels rock solid.
- The handle on the hand cranks for adjusting height and angle actually rotate. Maybe that’s normal for other saws but not that I recall and I would have never noticed if they didn’t. It’s another nice touch.
- It came with an extension table with legs. I thought I would have to build that myself. I’d actually prefer to have built it myself and got the price knocked down a bit but it will be nice not having to do that.
- It came with a combination saw blade. That’s nice but it looks pretty cheap and I already have plenty of saw blades. I would have prefered to have the $20 or whatever it’s worth knocked off the price.
- The stock miter fence fits the tracks so well it might actually be usable, unlike my General saw which had so much slop I rarely even used it for rough cuts.
- It comes with a big push stick. I thought those were supposed to be obsolete with a SawStop :).

First Dissapointments:
- No levelers. Nearly every table saw I have ever used was in an existing shop and already setup so I have no idea if this is normal but the idea of having no means to level it is seems silly. Since my garage floor is out of level by about an inch over a few feet of space right where I’m putting the saw I’m going to have to build a small platform with some kind of levelers.
- The plug type isn’t the same as my 220v outlet. Not a ding against SawStop since they can’t possibly predict what type of plug I have but it’s still annoying that I’m going to have to make a trip to home Depot to get the right socket type and do some home wiring before I can use it.

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-- Don - I wood work if I could. Redmond WA.



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#1 posted 04-01-2010 06:32 AM

sounds like a plan !

enjoy .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 04-01-2010 06:52 AM

Looks great!

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#3 posted 04-01-2010 06:52 AM

Good blog Don
Most ot the power tools I’ve purchased don’t even come with cords. All of my tools I put on mobile bases and they have levelers.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#4 posted 04-01-2010 06:59 AM

Thanks Jim, I had a mobile base for my General Saw but no matter what I did it would not stay put when it was supposed to. There’s nothing scarier or more annoying than having a table saw move when your pushing a board through it. Because of that experience and the fact that I rarely need to move my saw anyway I didn’t get the mobile base that’s available for the SawStop. I may go take a closer look at it though and reconsider since I have to get something to level the saw with.

-- Don - I wood work if I could. Redmond WA.

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#5 posted 04-01-2010 01:00 PM

Don, just a note about the mobile base. I have the hydraulic mobile base and there are no levelers on it. But the lift is foot operated and would make it easier to put shims under the carcass to level the saw once you have it in position, if that is what you want to do.

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

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#6 posted 04-01-2010 06:20 PM

great blog but I can´t see the pictures
just a sqare where they shuold bee

Dennis

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#7 posted 04-01-2010 06:47 PM

ya but my old grizzly works great as a deli slicer – - can you do that? lol

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#8 posted 04-02-2010 04:10 AM

Dennis, I tried looking at this blog from my wifes computer which doesn’t have permissions on the same accounts that I do and was able to see the pictures just fine. I’m guessing it’s something to do with you being in Denmark. Is anybody else having trouble seeing them?

-- Don - I wood work if I could. Redmond WA.

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#9 posted 04-02-2010 07:49 AM

it´s coming thrugh Now
thank´s Don
sorry if you had some trouble with that becourse of me

Dennis

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#10 posted 04-02-2010 08:03 AM

No problem Dennis. I’m glad you find my blog usefull.

-- Don - I wood work if I could. Redmond WA.

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#11 posted 04-02-2010 08:12 AM

it´s becourse if I ever buy a TS then I think it shuold be this one
and becourse I have only heart about the sawstop little from you-tube demo
and the other more persenly aspect of it and not a real reveiuw of the saw
and I realy think it was time to hear some real facts about the saw
and you doing a great job so fare

later
g´night

Dennis

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