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Forum topic by Eloyd posted 03-10-2017 09:31 AM 983 views 0 times favorited 26 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Eloyd

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03-10-2017 09:31 AM

I am looking to upgrade my table saw. I am looking at Saw stop. I am told that the way it works is that a small electrical current runs through the blade, and if that current is broken (by your finger coming in contact with the blade). the saw stops FAST. My question is that the current is running through the saw while it’s running. But what happens when you turn the saw off at the end of a cut? Will it still work? I nearly lost my thumb because I finished a cut, turned off my saw, then reached thru to get my cut piece. However, my thumb came into contact with the blade which was still spinning down and had not come to a stop yet. So, when you turn off the Saw stop, and as the blade spins to a stop, does it still provide it’s namesake protection against accidents, or when the electricity ends, so does your protection?

-- Eloyd


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#1 posted 03-10-2017 11:33 AM

The protection is there until the blade comes to a stop,

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#2 posted 03-10-2017 11:56 AM

What Bruce said: if the blade is moving, the safety function is active.

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#3 posted 03-10-2017 11:57 AM

You will love love that saw! As others said you protected.

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#4 posted 03-10-2017 12:13 PM

When the blade stops like the guys said above.

My nephew has one. He loves it.. fit and finish are precise. I recommended it to him as he was 28 yrs old when he first bought it. I said that at his age he’ll use it for years and it’s really the only choice for a young guy with 40 years ahead of him with a chance to lose his fingers.

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#5 posted 03-10-2017 12:28 PM

Ifyiu turn off power before the blade stops you also turn off the protection. There is a warning near the power switch not to do that.

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#6 posted 03-10-2017 12:38 PM



Ifyiu turn off power before the blade stops you also turn off the protection. There is a warning near the power switch not to do that.

- Carloz

Caloz meant the main power, the button on the top right not the big paddle.

-- mrg

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#7 posted 03-10-2017 12:50 PM

I don’t own or have experience with Sawstop but is it possible for the blade to slow and lose enough momentum to fully engage safety mechanism (even if “fired”) but still have enough momentum to seriously cut flesh?

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#8 posted 03-10-2017 12:54 PM



I don t own or have experience with Sawstop but is it possible for the blade to slow and lose enough momentum to fully engage safety mechanism (even if “fired”) but still have enough momentum to seriously cut flesh?

- hotbyte

I don’t think the momentum of the blade affects the mechanism one way or the other.

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#9 posted 03-10-2017 02:12 PM

From Sawstop site
​2. Brake Activation
An aluminum brake springs into the spinning blade, stopping it in less than 5 milliseconds! The blade’s angular momentum drives it beneath the table, removing the risk of subsequent contact.
Power to the motor is shut off.

I don t own or have experience with Sawstop but is it possible for the blade to slow and lose enough momentum to fully engage safety mechanism (even if “fired”) but still have enough momentum to seriously cut flesh?

- hotbyte

I don t think the momentum of the blade affects the mechanism one way or the other.

- Slider20


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#10 posted 03-10-2017 02:26 PM

I would say the mechanism would go off, stop the blade but may not take it under the table if it is going slow enough.

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#11 posted 03-10-2017 03:11 PM

Great question….can’t hurt to double check with Saw Stop if you’re not certain.

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#12 posted 03-10-2017 03:11 PM

Call Sawstop and ask, is an option.

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#13 posted 03-10-2017 03:21 PM

There are two separate switches, one that turns the motor on and off, and one that turns the whole system (protection circuit as well as power to the motor) on and off, and a key that turns the protection on/off (for cutting overly wet wood or metals)

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#14 posted 03-10-2017 03:57 PM

I do understand exactly how the SS works…. but even if you don’t it doesn’t matter. It WORKS! You will not lose your fingers…in fact you won’t even get a cut big enough to warrant a band-aid. GET A SAWSTOP! It’s not just a safe saw…it’s probably the best or by any definition…at least one of the top two tablesaws ever built. I was just at a big woodworking store near by…they have on their floor Powermatic, Delta, Laguna and two or three other major brands….and just about the only tablesaw they SELL is now the Sawstop.

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#15 posted 03-10-2017 05:03 PM

Floyd said

“I nearly lost my thumb because I finished a cut, turned off my saw, then reached thru to get my cut piece. However, my thumb came into contact with the blade which was still spinning down and had not come to a stop yet.”

I can offer you 2 pieces of advice, and you can keep using the saw you already own.

1) Never reach in to grab pieces you’ve cut until the blade stops. Be patient, fingers are expensive.

2) Always use the blade guard, unless a NON through cut makes that impossible.

In the SawStop owners manual, note on page five (5) where in really big bold letters it tells you there is NO WARRANTY OF SAFETY

http://www.sawstop.com/images/uploads/manuals/ICSCabinetSawManualV3.2.pdf

So there really isn’t a guarantee, or a warranty that SS is safe, or will save you from injury.

Use safe practices, and always use the guards your tools were supplied with. If you have no guards, contact Lee Styron at SharkGuard, and buy yourself some peace of mind.

-- Think safe, be safe

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