I wanted to start a discussion about little issues that come up with Sawstop tablesaws and tips and tricks to make the tool easier to use and adjust. Whether it’s just becoming familiar with a new saw and refreshing your memory from the Sawstop manual, or coming up with something new, this is the place to share it. Recently I was ripping with my PCS using a thin kerf blade and a 2.3mm riving knife. The setup worked fine for a while, then the riving knife started hanging up on the w...
I found bonesbr549’s post on his solution to optimize the overhead dust collection on his SawStop. I was going to attempt to apply his solution to my new SawStop. I went to my local Woodcraft store today in hopes I could find all the dust connector devices I would require. I got lucky. I can put all the parts together, but I will add a rubber connector for my SawStop 4” port. I will connect the 90 degree angle bend part shown below with that 4” rubber connector. The p...
I am surprised how much more sawdust is tossed on top of my new SawStop compared to my older contractor type Porter Cable table saw. I have also been disappointed with the lack of efficiency of dust collection I get from the optional overheard dust collector. I have read that some others have had the same poor experience; not everyone, but enough of us. Some have blamed the “T” connector to the main exhaust port instead of SawStop using a “Y” configuration. Also som...
I discovered that my cast iron table top was not flush with the top of the extension table. The rip fence would bump into the cast iron table. It was obvious that I had not installed the rail correctly. This meant I had to remove the rail and loosen the bolts on the right side of the saw. This was a very tedious process. I went looking for an extra set of hands to help me. After several attempts I finally loosened enough bolts or screws to get the saw table top and the extension tab...
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 ...
I planned this purchase for a year. I got delivery this past Saturday. How can a single person lift and insert a heavy cabinet saw into a mobile base? Below is the method I used. Of course, I have a big advantage in this issue because of an overhead crane system I had installed in my garage back in 2009. This is one of those times where my electric overhead crane pays for itself. My brother Kyle watched his sons Kayleb and Chad and daughter Chanile hang the I-beam to the ceiling t...
I have seen the SawStop demonstration with the hot dog a dozen times. But I always felt that it was done under premium conditions to ensure that it worked properly with optimal results. At several of the demonstrations I had questioned the demonstrators and requested that they place the hot dog in a glove so we could see the results. My request was always denied and I was always told, “You shouldn’t wear gloves at the table saw.” Well, I live in the real world wh...
I have seen the SawStop demonstration with the hot dog a dozen times. But I always felt that it was done under premium conditions to insure that it worked properly with optimal results. At several of the demonstrations I had questioned the demonstrators and requested that they place the hot dog in a glove so we could see the results. My request was always denied and I was always told, “You shouldn’t wear gloves at the table saw.” Well, I live in the real world wh...
Here’s a write-up on a simplified installation process for adding a Wixey WR700 digital fence readout to a SawStop 3HP cabinet saw (36” fence), Model PCS31230-TGP236-pcs. I recently sold a Delta Unifence contractors saw and upgraded to a SawStop 3HP 36” Cabinet saw. I had the Wixey WR700 on the Delta Saw and removed it before I sold it so I could move this excellent measuring device to the new one. The SawStop fence uses bolts under the fence assembly to allow attachment and adjustment ...
SawStop or not? #4: Ugh--Evil SawStop, and an industry that you think loves you (but they really hate your fingers)
By now everyone knows SawStop has evil lobbyists and lawyers trying to force their technology on us. Like many people, I was really wrapped up in this lobbying issue. For those who aren’t familiar with the effort, SawStop was trying to push through a government regulation that would require an advanced safety system like SawStop’s brake (oh, how convenient—SawStop makes those!) to be included on all new table saws. To-date such a feature has not been forced on anyone ...
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