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