Raising a sawstop pcs about 5"

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Forum topic by mummykicks posted 03-06-2016 04:36 AM 1340 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-06-2016 04:36 AM

For some unknown reason I believe a sawstop pcs is in my future with a sliding table. I don’t why all of a sudden I feel a need for one, but the feeling persists.
It appears I have room for it, and my router table and workbench would be the outfeed. However my workbench is 39” high, so I’d have to raise the saw something like 5”.
Anybody do something like that?

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#1 posted 03-06-2016 07:48 AM

I would be sure that you can safely operate the saw at that elevated height.
I have a larger saw with a 38”X 48” table, any height added to that saw would make it unsafe for me operate. I couldn’t push the wood past the blade keeping my feet flat on the floor.

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#2 posted 03-06-2016 09:56 AM

You need to delve into these type feelings.

They can be very costly.


Seriously, I would lower the other tables before raising a TS that much.
Unless you are like 6-8 the ergonomics won’t be good.

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#3 posted 03-06-2016 12:29 PM

I had to raise mine to be above the bench, but it was like 3/4”. While I agree that’s a pretty high lift, I suppose it could be done; which is different from saying it should be done. Anyway, I have a friend who raised his 3” (he is 6’5” and no sliding table) simply by putting a 2X frame under his saw. Is your current saw that high, and (if yes) how is it raised?

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#4 posted 03-06-2016 12:29 PM

I agree with the naysayers above. I, too, prefer benches that are higher than “normal”. My main workbench is even higher than you have yours (about 42”), but I think the TS needs to be lower.

As mentioned above, that “end of the cut” and “after the cut” time is the most dangerous part of using a TS. That reach-over to get the cutoffs always puts your hand and wrist very close to the blade.

The higher up the saw table is, the lower the angle between your arm and the table…increasing the possibility of your wrist meeting up with the blade as you lean over trying to grab the cut pieces.

I have thought about raising mine, but so far have opted not to because of the above.

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#5 posted 03-06-2016 12:36 PM

I have a SawStop PCS with the Industrial Mobile Base. I am 6’ 3” and my saw was too low. I raised it about 5” using a platforms from 2×4 stock and painted it black. It is now about 40”.

I do not reach over the blade and instead use push stick. And I use the blade guard most of the time.

One note….if you are 5’10” tall, you are in a similar position as I am in with my saw raised 5”. But if you are shorter, your arm will typically be shorter. So the question might also be, if you are 5’10” , do you need to stand on a p l platform to be safer when reaching over the blade.

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#6 posted 03-06-2016 02:40 PM

I am 5’10. However I do expect to use the slider 90% of the time. I would also use the microjig gripper(s) otherwise, which ought to help. Lowering the workbench isn’t an option.
I can comfortably reach 27” across my bench (rear end of the gripper), which is the full table depth if I recall correctly.
I do have 1” thick anti-fatigue mats.
A platform wouldn’t be out of the question given where the saw might go.

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#7 posted 08-19-2017 03:43 PM

Sorry for jumping on an old post but anyone have a picture of a base they’ve built to raise a Sawstop. At 6’6” I would love to save my back when I upgrade to a SS this fall. Looking to gain 4” over the standard height and would love to keep some form of mobility but will trade mobility for the height if push comes to shove. Thanks in advance.

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#8 posted 08-19-2017 03:51 PM

does not take much to raise a cabinet saw:

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#9 posted 08-19-2017 07:08 PM

I knew I needed to buy a pallet jack!

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#10 posted 08-21-2017 03:09 PM

Just shorten the legs on your workbench.

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#11 posted 08-21-2017 03:55 PM

Holbs has the right idea: put it on a ~4-5” homemade pallet. The side benefit is that you can easily move it around with a small pallet jack.

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