Leaving SawStop "on" when not in use?

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Forum topic by JeffP posted 05-28-2015 12:22 AM 661 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-28-2015 12:22 AM

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Ok, for the un-initiated, a saw stop saw has more “modes” than an ordinary “binary” saw.

A SawStop saw can be off, on, and running (and a few more error and temporary status modes I won’t go into here).

The “on” state involves a separate switch that activates the saw’s start-up tests and gets it ready to “run”.

A few times I accidentally turned the saw to “on”, then hit the big switch to make it “run” and used it, and hit the big red switch to make it stop “running”, but left it on. Then I came back the next day and noticed it was still “on”.

After that happened about 3 times, I stopped bothering to turn it all the way “off” when not in use.

My shop is locked up tight when I’m not there and there are no children around here to get into trouble. Since there is no significant safety issue with leaving it in that “almost on” mode…why not just leave it that way?

So I ask the forum here…why bother?

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#1 posted 05-28-2015 01:07 AM

Fine by me

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#2 posted 05-28-2015 01:20 AM

I just think it is best to turn it off when I am done for the day. While I am in the shop I leave it on so it doesn’t have to go through the startup checks that take about 15 seconds or so.

I was also concerned about forgetting and leaving it on so I called the Sawstop support line and they said it would not harm the machine to leave it on.


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#3 posted 05-28-2015 01:29 AM

I have a saw stop and my shop also stays locked up unless I’m in there. I have the only key to get in. I haven’t looked at the circuit blue print on the sawstop so I’m not sure how it works. However, on some circuits that are left on can have a relay on when it is on. It’s not good for the relay to be on in these cases for long periods of time for no reason. However, this is probably not the case with a sawstop. It probably has a different type of system. I still cut mine off when I’m not going to use it in the next few hours. It may not make any difference. I just don’t know. More than likely the answer to the question is in the manual or on their website.

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#4 posted 05-28-2015 01:56 AM

Won’t hurt anything. I leave mine on from time to time

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#5 posted 05-28-2015 04:09 AM

Leave it on. If a kid gets in, raises the blade, turns on the saw, selects a board to cut, pushes the board through the blade and then runs his/her hand into the blade the saw will stop. No harm, no foul…although from what I understand there is a cost for replacement parts. If this scenario is your biggest fear then turn the switch off. Simple dimple…

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