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01-03-2016 12:53 PM

After a fairly bad accident on the table saw I am thinking about saving for a sawstop. I am just curious, for those that have used them for a while have you set it off yet and was it because t needed to be and how many times if so?

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#1 posted 01-03-2016 12:57 PM

I have had one for a year and no firings. Great saw. I bought it after a minor accident on drill press. The quality of the saw is well worth what you pay then you get the peace of mind which is priceless.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#2 posted 01-03-2016 01:12 PM

Mine’s 11 months old. No firing’s.

-- Just a Duffer

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#3 posted 01-03-2016 01:32 PM

Glad to hear as it sounds like it only fires off when it needs too.

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#4 posted 01-03-2016 02:11 PM

I think if it fires you can send the brake back to Sawstop. They’ll tell you why it fired & in some cases replace it for free (but you still lose your blade)

-- Just a Duffer

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#5 posted 01-03-2016 02:20 PM

Mine is 8 months old and no firings ,I like it however changing to a dado blade takes a little time, I am sure I will get better at it also mine is the 1.75 hp and I have bogged it down in hard maple, and Oak.
I got the good fence and I am glad I did. this saw replaced a Delta Contractors saw and there is no comparison.

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#6 posted 01-03-2016 02:25 PM

I’m not “anti SS” but keep in mind a SS will only protect you from you when using IT.

Buying a SS will not prevent injuries totally. Kickbacks and knots flying past your head can happen on any TS.

Plus, bandsaws, miter saws, jointers, drill presses, radial arm saws, and, for that matter, chisels, hammers, and rasps do not have such protective devices.

I’m not telling you not to buy a SS. I’m saying do a reset and assess your total approach to machine safety.

I took off the corner of my left thumb many years ago partly my ignorance and partly a POJ saw. I think I learned a lesson because in 20 years since never been hurt except for a kickback and cut from a chisel.

Yes, I could go out there an cut 3 fingers off today, or have a SS and be glad I do, but I seriously doubt it because as long as I balance healthy respect vs. fear and proper safety precautions vs. overconfidence and think about what I’m going to do before I do it, I’m eliminating my risk of injury.

You didn’t say exactly what the injury is but I know for me being in a hurry on repetitive cuts is when I find most hazardous.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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#7 posted 01-03-2016 02:26 PM

I have had mine for several years. I set it off with it hitting the metal on my Incra miter gauge. The cartridge and blade in it are mounted on a plaque next to the saw as a reminder of my stupidity.

I have not set it off due to flesh contact.

I have the PCS and it is a fine saw with fit, finish accuracy and is very solid. It is a great saw and each person needs to decide if they want the safety feature.

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#8 posted 01-03-2016 02:26 PM

2 years and 1 firing when I hit a t-track in a sled. Totally my fault since hitting metal is a known condition.

Great saw, huge step up from what I had before. Cannot recommend enough.

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#9 posted 01-03-2016 02:43 PM

Just curious here. How many of you that got a SS went from a quality saw, PM 66, Unisaw, to SS. Can you say that the SS quality is better than those 2 saws???? ........... Jerry (in Tucson)

-- Jerry (in Tucson)

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#10 posted 01-03-2016 02:44 PM

I’ve had mine a year, and haven’t set it off. A fellow I know had one of the originals (2006) and it always had the original cartridge in it. Just last year he was a little careless and ran his thumb into the blade…it fired as designed. I quit worrying about the shelf life of the cartridges after that.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#11 posted 01-03-2016 03:14 PM

I understand being safe and paying close attention is the key. I was a machinist for 20 years and been woodworking for 25 so machines are in my blood. I lost my attention for split second while ripping some thin parts and I cut off part of my left thumb. Its still healing and I lost about a third of it I hate seeing the nub, THe SS will not stop all accidents and it might be to late for me but I would rather have my thumb then the $1000 I saved by buying the saw I have, which by the way I love.

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#12 posted 01-03-2016 03:27 PM

Just curious here. How many of you that got a SS went from a quality saw, PM 66, Unisaw, to SS. Can you say that the SS quality is better than those 2 saws???? ........... Jerry (in Tucson)

- Nubsnstubs

I have used the Sawstop ICS at other shops a fair bit. The saw would rate favorably side by side against anything from Powermatic or Delta new or used. The saw is large and heavy making it very stable, the adjustment parts are well machined, work smooth and accurate and its motor doesn’t seem to slow down for anything. I have not used the PCS but everything I have read is it’s a great saw in it’s own right as well.

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#13 posted 01-03-2016 03:38 PM

our shop here in a Northern Ca retirement community ( ages 55-93) has two SS and have set it off multiple times most due to stupidity, none for finger or flesh damage.
often the blade can be salvaged.
most times due to hidden metal even sheet of aluminium in a piece of plywood.
Remember the SS is active when the blade is turning.
most accidents occur then.

-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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#14 posted 01-03-2016 03:38 PM

Had mine almost 2 years. No accidental fires. I’ve been a pretty safe guy over the past 40 years. However I know it can happen and does to safe folks too. So I do not regret the purchase one bit. The saw is a high quality cutting machine, and the CS it fantastic. I paid a big premium for the saw and the technology. In the end it was worth it. To be honest, If it never fires in my lifetime, I will be a happy camper. Knowing it’s there is worth it. If you ever have an accident, the cost to you and your family will dwarf the cost of the saw.

-- Sooner or later Liberals run out of other people's money.

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#15 posted 01-03-2016 03:46 PM

I’ve had my PCS 1.75 for about 6 months or so. No firings as of yet. I also got mine after an accident but with a router. Accidents are probably what prompts a lot of people to get one.

rwe2156 is right- it’s still possible to injure ourselves on any of the other tools in the shop. But at least I have some piece of mind when using the table saw. I know I’m more safety-conscious now than before I bought it (and before the accident of course).

I also replaced a 20 year old Delta contractor’s saw that served me very well. But upgrading to the Sawstop was the right move for me.

-- Dave, York, PA, Wildside Woodworking

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