Sawstop ICS motor failure

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Blog entry by Patrick posted 10-24-2015 03:44 PM 1284 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After owning the saw for four years, having two incidents which the break was engaged. first, the sawdust was to deep under the saw blade, (before dust collection was installed in the shop) and the latest, was when cutting a product that had rigid foam sandwiched between plywood that set it off. both my mistake. But the problem is, my motor is now toast. Im a hobby crafter, and never thought I would burn up a motor on this, but after a thorough examination, its done! Just wondering if anyone else has lost there Sawstop motor. Seems like $4500.00 should buy a guy a saw that would run for many, many years of his or her life. Luckily its only four years old and still under warranty.

ps( Im a plant head electrician, and programmer, I know a bad motor when I test one, and in this case, smell one.)

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#1 posted 10-24-2015 04:19 PM

Yours is the first that I have heard of going bad. Have you contacted Sawstop yet? There customer service has been great to me.

I can not imagine getting the sawdust that high in the cabinet. The motor is below the blade and you had to have buried the motor.

I suspect that filling the cabinet with sawdust would cause real problems with over heating. You may have also gotten sawdust into the motor fan. Heat will kill or damage a motor pretty quickly.

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#2 posted 10-24-2015 07:02 PM

No, it was only a few months old when i had saw dust to deep, and it was in the chute just under the blade, they replaced the cartridge on that one. after that I had the dust collection going and never have had the chute full sense. And yes I have already called and am excepting my new motor. They told me they have had to replace motors but did not elaborate on how many.
Been a tough week, lost a motor and noticed after pulling the faceplate off my brand new Grizzly GO766 lathe it was bored .200 off center. so just finished building a crate to ship back the headstock, hopefully that cures the mismatch between the spur and tailstock:/ Any way thats another story.
thanks for the input,

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#3 posted 10-26-2015 02:43 AM

Definitely a tough week. But it will improve

-- Norman

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#4 posted 10-29-2015 01:23 AM

Got my new Motor, and they even threw in a cord strain and a new drive pulley. All shipping paid:)
works awesome again:)’
Great company!!!

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