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Forum topic by Mark Shymanski posted 02-12-2011 06:59 AM 2004 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Mark Shymanski

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02-12-2011 06:59 AM

Topic tags/keywords: tablesaw the weiner saw tool maintenance cold weather and tools

Hello all,

I am seriously looking to replace my TS with something a lot more robust and have been considering General, Grizzly and Sawstop (SS). My question is for the folks who actually own one and have it in an unheated garage and get weather in the -40C range like we’ve had here the first part of this week (its -6 now…go figure?). If I use the Sawstop after heating the garage up for 5 to 20 hours previously will the electronics and detection technology still work? Can I, indeed, store the Sawstop in the cold garage with out knackering the detection circuitry? How will condensation affect this technology? Is there anything you’d tell a prospective buyer about cold weather and the SS?

Maybe I should be sending these questions to SS also…but I will wait to see what the collective LJ wisdom is, thank you for your feedback.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2


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#1 posted 02-12-2011 07:36 AM

“Maybe I should be sending these questions to SS”

That would seem like a good Idea. And you might ask the lawyer inventor if he will bear the liability if it fails. I’ll bet he has none.

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#2 posted 02-12-2011 07:41 AM

Hi Mark,

I’m a Delta guy so I cannot offer you an informed / hands-on opinion of the manufacturers you have listed. However, just to add to your information, Marc (The Wood Whisperer) recently wrote a column re. competing technologies to what Sawstop has started. Here’s the link … http://thewoodwhisperer.com/a-sawstop-killer/. Of course, how practical / far away is all of this, who knows. Pros and cons to everything. I will be interested to hear what answers you receive to the affect of extreme temperatures on the SS technology.

-- Glen - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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#3 posted 02-12-2011 01:06 PM

Yes, it’ll work.
The manual states that it might take a few seconds longer to clear if the temp is below 0 F.
And if necessary, there’s a heater inside the cartridge to raise the temperature of the electronics.

-- http://www.brianpenning.com/

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#4 posted 02-13-2011 07:08 AM

I don’t own a SS (yet) but based on the three SS owners (for two to three years) I know here (we had had -30 C this winter)), they never have had any problems with the cold weather. We have three authorized sellers in this province selling SSs and there’re stipulations from them that the shop must be heated to use the tablesaws. So far, except for one, none of the other two have ever triggered the sawstop safety feature. I am hoping some competing technologies will be developed to offer us choices (not because the SS owners are lawyers, but because as consumers we would benefit from competition); I am planning to get a new table saw in a year or two…and hands down, it’ll be a SS, if there’re no alternatives.

-- The time I enjoy wasting is not time wasted

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#5 posted 02-14-2011 01:24 AM

Edit: there’re NO stipulations from them that the shop must be heated to use the tablesaws.

-- The time I enjoy wasting is not time wasted

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#6 posted 02-15-2011 02:03 AM

I have a SS in my unheated garage. We recently had some-9 weather and although I am sure it did not get that cold in the garage, I have not had any trouble.

Besides, if it is -9 in the garage, I will not be working out there.

Domer

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#7 posted 02-15-2011 09:06 PM

I just received a response from Roger from Sawstop:

There’s not a problem with storage at those temperatures, as long as you bring it up to temp before operating. Your description seems as if it will work just fine.

The brake cartridge has a temperature sensor, and won’t run in cold temperatures, below 0° C.
We recommend cartridges be removed and stored in a heated area if you want to start work quickly, as the onboard heater circuit is very small and would take a LONG time to bring the cartridge up to temp. This is a matter of a minute or less, as the cartridge will plug in and lock down very quickly and conveniently, ready for use.

We have a number of Canadians using their saws in cold country with great success.

Further questions welcome.

Roger Garcia

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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