TREX on a Sawstop?

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Forum topic by Scott posted 05-09-2010 06:34 PM 1595 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-09-2010 06:34 PM

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Does anyone know for sure if it is okay to cut TREX decking on a Sawstop? I think it’s probably okay, but just wanted to make sure before I put it in bypass mode.

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#1 posted 05-09-2010 06:57 PM

I dont see why it wouldnt be. The TREX will be a plastic material and is a better insulator than conductor. I say go for it

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#2 posted 05-09-2010 07:05 PM

Scott, you can touch it to the blade , with power to the switch on but the power to the blade off, and if it will cause a trip, the green light will turn to red. If you are cutting a bunch of it, call SS customer service, because I thought there was a material that tends to stick to the sensor, and I don’t recall if it was trex or not . but IIRC there was a suggestion about how to avoid a problem. If you are only cutting a little, and you don’t want to take any chances with a false trigger, you can always use bypass mode

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#3 posted 05-09-2010 07:42 PM

Try it, if it causes an accident, sue…

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#4 posted 05-09-2010 07:43 PM

Alternatively, you can always temporarilly turn off the detector. I do this when cutting particurlarly wet wood. OTOH, I’ve accidently cut through a couple of finish nails and NOT tripped the detector. I’m sure it was because there was not a path from the nail to my body.

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#5 posted 05-09-2010 08:05 PM

I just cut some yesterday for lawn border and stakes. No problems, bypass mode not necessary.

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#6 posted 05-09-2010 08:29 PM

Thanks for the replies. My concern is that TREX is very dense and they use a resin with the sawdust so I didn’t want the SS to trip because of that.

I made 2 cuts yesterday in bypass mode but then I figured that it kind of defeats the purpose of me having the SS in the first place. It’s nothing urgent, so I may call or email SS to be absolutely sure.

I would have to sue SS and Trex if anything bad were to happen. ;-)

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#7 posted 05-10-2010 12:56 AM

I agree that it shouldn’t be a problem. I have been putting down bamboo floor and cutting the flooring on mine. Basically the flooring is very dense mixture of bamboo sawdust and epoxy resins.

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