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Forum topic by Bothus posted 11-04-2010 02:35 AM 2691 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Bothus

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11-04-2010 02:35 AM

Hi guys,

I hope someone out there has had their Sawstop apart or maybe even someone is a qualified service tech.

I volunteered to replace the to miter gears in our Sawstop Industrial Cabinet saw and I thought I should research it first so I would know how much time and muscle it would take. These are the two gears involved in raising the blade up and down. They are stripped.

In looking at the exploded assembly view these gears are labeled 45. It appears that if I slide out the Elevation hand wheel assembly (I say that like it’s going to be easy, ha) and then I can get that gear off and it will be out of the way for me to pull the other gear down.

I’m just hoping I don’t have to take it apart any further than that. If anyone has done this I would greatly appreciate your advice.

Thanks in advance,

Jerry

-- Jerry Boshear, Professional Kitchen Designer, amature woodworker.


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#1 posted 11-04-2010 02:46 AM

Looks like part of the exploded view is missing- hard to tell what’s above part 45 and how it connects to the rest of the assembly- unless it’s my monitor.

What worries me more is that this saw has not been on the market all that long. Gears really shouldn’t be stripping out this soon unless it was defective from the start.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 11-04-2010 03:03 AM

What the hell… I dont want porn on my fav woodworking site…

Martian… Maybe it would be good to suspend new accounts for a while… so no one can create them… since this is clearly that Kayla troll.. except now its actual porn…

-- "Ah, So your not really a newbie, but a I betterbie."

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#3 posted 11-04-2010 04:55 AM

Hi Lew,

Thanks for replying. It’s not your monitor, I clipped the drawing because it was too big.

I didn’t want to go into detail about how these gears got stripped in the original post because it would confuse things but it wasn’t because they were poor quality. It was because of abuse and misuse.

The person responsible no longer works for us and we have put procedures into place to prevent it from happening again but here is what happened.

The dust collector port got clogged. I can’t tell how long it was used that way but I suspect it was several months and this saw is used continuously. So when I opened up the door to take a look at things the entire case was filled with sawdust almost covering the motor.

The blade was raised almost all the way up and the sawdust underneath it was compacted so much that it physically prevented the motor from being lowered.

The guy that was operating the saw never thought to open the door and look inside he just kept cranking the handle and cranking the handle and cranking the handle. Eventually those gears had no choice they had to strip.

I wasn’t there but I can just picture the guy raising the blade all the way up so he could get a running start to get it past the point were it was stuck then crashing into to the compacted sawdust so hard that the poor little gears just fractured.

I suspect even if the guy had opened the door he didn’t have the mental capacity to figure out the sawdust was the problem. I like to give people the benefit of the doubt so I assume this guy would have been fine with the proper training, that’s were the new procedures I mentioned come into play.

As far as reliability of the Sawstop itself we have had it since 2008 and it gets used 8 hours a day. In that time the only thing we have had to replace is the brake mechanism when someone made a dumb mistake. We have had to do that more often than I’d care to admit. But for that reason alone the machine has paid for itself many times over.

Thanks again for replying,

Jerry

-- Jerry Boshear, Professional Kitchen Designer, amature woodworker.

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#4 posted 11-04-2010 04:57 AM

Hi Newbiewoodworker,

I sent Martin a PM, I’m sure he’ll take care of this as soon as he can.

Thanks for reading my post.

Jerry

-- Jerry Boshear, Professional Kitchen Designer, amature woodworker.

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#5 posted 11-04-2010 08:39 PM

Hi Guys and Gals,

I don’t know why I didn’t think of it before but I this morning I emailed service@sawstop.com and asked them the same question.

In less than 3 hours I got a personal reply from a real person who told me my assessment of the way to do it was correct and he also included a PDF file detailing the procedure including a list of tools/parts required.

It should take me about 15 minutes tomorrow. Cool beans.

Jerry

-- Jerry Boshear, Professional Kitchen Designer, amature woodworker.

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#6 posted 11-04-2010 09:27 PM

Well thats good, sometimes tech support CAN be your ally… you must have Irish luck though… since they ususally give me the run-around…

-- "Ah, So your not really a newbie, but a I betterbie."

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