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 ...
In a recent thread about tool recommendations for a new shop, I made a comment that a SawStop saw is the cheapest health insurance you can buy. Most people don’t plan on cutting off their fingers on their table saws, and many woodworkers are quick to point out that the likelihood of any individual woodworker being seriously injured by a table saw on any given day is pretty slim. Frankly, I agree with both those comments and don’t intend to argue against them, but I do want to cl...
I have a 1.75hp PCS Sawstop. I considered the 3hp version initially, but then balked at the extra cost and reasoned that 1.75hp would be more than enough. Fast forward two years and most of my woodworking involves thick 2” slabs…even with a sharp, thin kerf blade the motor really struggles. So, I called Sawstop to see if it was possible to upgrade the motor rather than have to buy a whole new saw. They were very helpful and explained that the 1.75 and 3hp PCS saws are the same, ju...
One of the arguments I’ve seen is about whether people should really trust the electronics. For better or worse, that ship has already sailed. We already know that we put our lives on the line every time we hop in a car. Although our safety is largely dependent on our own actions as drivers and the actions of other people, modern safety systems such as anti-lock brakes and electronic stability control improve your chances of avoiding or surviving an accident. In the ideal situation,...
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