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Forum topic by Abraxxas posted 11-30-2017 01:53 PM 240 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Abraxxas

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11-30-2017 01:53 PM

I’ve been searching for my first saw for a while now, not having a garage yet I’ve had some time to research the vast options out there. I recently got my garage finished and decided that for what I was looking to spend, this saw would fit the bill nicely. I decided to pull the trigger when I noticed it go on sale for $825 the week of Black Friday. I also ordered their Bear Crawl mobile base which was also on sale and about 3 days later I had it all for about $1000 delivered. There isn’t much information out there yet on this saw as it seems like a new model, so I thought I would just share my first thoughts for others who may be interested.

I picked it up at my local freight center because there is no heavy truck access on my street. Everything was well packaged and arrived with zero damage and everything was there with the exception of the two small screws that attach the switch housing to the bottom of the fence rail. I had some in my toolbox that fit so it was not a big deal to me.

Assembly was easy, everything seemed to fit together nicely, all the threaded holes where clean and fasteners turned all the way in by hand. The cast iron extensions fit well and aligned fairly nicely with the exception of a slight high spot on one side where it meets the main table. This spot is only a few thousandths, just enough to feel. It is right in the center of the table, if I tap in down enough to be perfect in the middle the difference transfers to a low spot on one end or the other. This is splitting hairs in my opinion and does not bother me at all nor do I see it affecting use, it’s just an observation.

Everything was easy to adjust and square, the blade was square to the miter slots already so I did not have to move the table. The stops for the blade tilt were easy to dial in and the fence is easy to square. The fence seems solid and glides nicely on the rails, especially after a generous coating of Johnson’s wax was applied to everything. The riving knife took some time to get perfect, going back and forth between 4 different set screws but once dialed in seems like it is very stout and should stay where you put it. I did notice what another reviewer posted about the miter gauge contacting the left side fence height adjustment screw if you slide it back out of the slot enough. If one were to need to make a cut that requires this combination of miter gauge/fence placement, a simple spacer clamped to the fence would correct it. This is not something I see as a bother but my example does contact as well.

When I ran the saw the first time I noticed a bit of a vibration in the table when put my hand on it and could hear a low frequency hum that matched, this turned out to be the cheap blade that comes with the saw out of balance. The first thing I did was replace the blade with a 50 tooth Diablo and it runs as smooth as glass now. I am thrilled with the results I have gotten from it in the first couple weeks I have been using it.

I have not tried any dust collection with it but will be adding a dust collector soon. I have limited experience with table saws, just a bunch of small projects over the years on my dads old shop smith and some small portable saws, but so far I am very happy with it. I have to do some renovating in the house I bought earlier this year so it will have plenty of time to get well acquainted with it!


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knotscott

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#1 posted 11-30-2017 02:46 PM

Congrats on your new saw, and thanks for posting your thoughts.

You’ll find that cast iron can usually be coaxed into position. I’d try loosening the bolt near the high spot a bit and keep the other bolts tight, while tapping the high spot down, then retighten. You may find it flexible enough to work.

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Abraxxas

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#2 posted 11-30-2017 03:36 PM



Congrats on your new saw, and thanks for posting your thoughts.

You ll find that cast iron can usually be coaxed into position. I d try loosening the bolt near the high spot a bit and keep the other bolts tight, while tapping the high spot down, then retighten. You may find it flexible enough to work.

- knotscott

Thanks for the suggestion, I will give that a try and see if it will go. If that doesn’t work maybe I could set it flush in the middle and low on one end and then jack upwards on an end from underneath to flatten it before tightening that bolt also.

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Carloz

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#3 posted 11-30-2017 04:08 PM

I assembled 3 new saws, Sawstop included and the table/wing connection was never perfect out of the box. It is easily adjusted however by clamping the wing flat in one spot only over the bolt, tightening the bolt then doing the same with the next bolt and so on.
Now the most important question:

Check how the blade is parallel to the slot both when the blade is in the low and high position. Is there a difference ?
Also does the blade deviate when you start lowering or rising it ?

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Abraxxas

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#4 posted 12-04-2017 12:30 AM

Carloz – The blade measures pretty square up and down. I just put my dial indicator on it and it progressively moves about .012” to the right as I raise it from just above the table to the full up position. When I lower it back down it evenly moves back to .000 when it gets back to the starting height.

Is that within acceptable limits by “normal” standards? Seems pretty good to me but this is my first saw so I’m not really sure?

I have not had time to try and align the table extensions better yet but will report back if I am able to get them perfect.

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#5 posted 12-04-2017 01:10 AM

You need to check it at the front and rear of the blade. The difference should be within 0.003 “. Now raise the blade all the way up and check the difference again. If you still within 0.003” you are good.
The fact that the blade goes to the side by 0.012” when being raised is acceptable as long as it stays parallel to the slots.

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Abraxxas

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#6 posted 12-04-2017 01:24 AM

Do I check it under the table? I’m not sure how to measure parallel when the blade is low and there isn’t much circumference from the front to the back above the table?

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#7 posted 12-04-2017 07:35 AM

You do not lower it all the way. Check when the bkade is at 1 and 3 inches high

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