SawStop Sliding CrossCut Table review #3: Using it.

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Blog entry by mummykicks posted 04-23-2016 07:05 PM 535 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Table, fence, etc Part 3 of SawStop Sliding CrossCut Table review series no next part

This table is out of spec and has a low spot which causes it to get scratched up every time you attempt to angle the fence. Did some measurements this morning and it’s .012”-.015” low where the fence gets attached. IF the fence wasn’t so massive and it had the ability to shift relative to the mounting the way (hate to keep harping on it) the Incra miter gauges work I could loosen it and slide the fence or adjust it up/down to prevent this from happening.
Pictures at the end of the text.

Anyway, this is going back. Here’s to hoping I’m not out of pocket with some restocking fee or something.

Given that it will be Monday before I can arrange to send this back (and today is Saturday), I decided to use it some more in straight cross cut mode with some 1/2” sheets of mdf I’m repurposing for some tool cubby shelving I need.
As you can see from the pics below, I can slide in a couple of short pieces of T-track and use my T-track clamps to secure the piece to the table. This piece was 51” long and I needed a 2’ piece.

With this arrangement I was able to stand on the side of the saw and reach in and push the sheet down near the blade to flatten it out. Obviously an infeed table would have made this better, but with the blade guard in place and the cross cut table it was very easy to cut. The table did flex a bit with this loading, but nothing that would prevent it from functioning.

Then I took the 2’ piece and cross cut it down by a couple of inches and it worked really well.

For ripping the cct fence gets in the way. I was able to push it all the way back and have enough room to work safely. For most rips it won’t be in the way, but certainly there are limits where the fence would have to be removed.

I really, really like using this, and it’s really frustrating to struggle to get one that either get damaged in shipment, or in use. After using it today I can honestly say it is worth money even with the crappy stops and fence design assuming it didn’t have any other issues.

I was looking into designing my own last night, and to get something equivalent it will be difficult to do it for under $1000, and it will not slide as effortlessly as this one does. I can certainly figure something out that would work, but man this is SOOO close to being great.

I’m going to send the pics to SS customer service and see what happens. They are supposed to be good, now it’s time to test that reputation.


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