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Forum topic by Breeze73 posted 01-06-2018 07:56 PM 906 views 0 times favorited 15 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Breeze73

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01-06-2018 07:56 PM

Has anyone tried bolting a Sawstop together with another tablesaw? I currently have a Jet 10” contractor saw and am thinking of upgrading to a Sawstop this spring. I am thinking if I were to sell my Jet, I would likely only get $300-$400 for it. So instead of selling it, I was thinking it would make a good dedicated dado saw. They could then both share the same fence and it would increase the size of the cast iron surface.

The only downside I can think of is the heights may be just a bit different. But if I shim one of the saws up to the same level, I might be in business. Any thoughts?

-- Breeze


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#1 posted 01-06-2018 08:41 PM

I don’t see why you couldn’t do that. As you say, the table height will be the issue, and you’ll want them to be fairly co-planar. Shouldn’t be too big a deal to raise one saw to meet the other.

The only work flow issue I see is that you might not be able to keep both saws set up for specific cuts at the same time, unless the work pieces are pretty narrow (the workpiece on one saw overlapping and hitting the fence and/or blade of the other saw.) Might be a lot of dropping the blade and removing the fence of one saw or the other.

Now, the value of how much time you’ll save not changing the dado blade, versus the amount of space you’ll loose in your shop is something only you can determine. $300 to $400 is still real money.

-- John

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#2 posted 01-06-2018 09:05 PM

If you could overcome the difficulty of aligning all the miter slots and the two blades to one fence/rail system then I don’t see why you couldn’t do it. If you only ever use one size of dado then OK but if not then I don’t really see the benefit of a dedicated saw for only cutting dados.

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toolie

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#3 posted 01-07-2018 01:54 PM

you could use the Jet, fitted with a dado blade, as the outfeed table for the Sawstop, assuming sufficient room is available. check my avatar. worked real well until i bought a car that needed garage space!

-- there's a solution to every problem.......you just have to be willing to find it.

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#4 posted 01-07-2018 02:10 PM

This was recently suggested in a thread at sawmillcreek.org. Folks there were far more enthusiastic about back-to-back table saws. One also serves as an outfeed table for the other.

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#5 posted 01-07-2018 02:31 PM

You can. I have friend with 2 unisaws side by side the right on is set up with dado blade. Works great and plenty of table for handling plywood when needed.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#6 posted 01-07-2018 02:34 PM

You will always have to change dado sizes. The advantage is you always have one saw with a regular blade in it. It is always ready to rip or crosscut.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#7 posted 01-07-2018 03:04 PM

I have a friend who has them back to back, he is wishing he had them side to side, as noted one serves as outfeed and he is unable to leave one set up for a particular action, when having to machine another piece, and of course its going to be long enough to impede the other saw set up.

I opted for a table top 10’’ for dados, did take a half of a 3’0’’ door and make a table top to drop saw in for a slightly larger surface, works well, have to move some stuff around to work it, but once set up i can jam on getting things done, and its nice to put it back under the work bench, stash the top on lumber cart and go about the day.

wished i still had the big shop.
good luck with it, with either direction seems like issues arise one doesn’t think of at the time. lol
Rj in az

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Holbs

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#8 posted 01-07-2018 03:24 PM

I had my Unisaw and PM66 facing each other with a 24” table insert in between so that each saw was the outfeed table of the other saw (the 24” insert was for the fences not to bump into each other). To have everything close to coplanar, I had to have both machines on stands with adjustable feet which also doubled as my DIY pallet. It worked 100% with no issues.
The Unisaw is dedicated with dado blade, PM66 is dedicated for everything else with a Sharkguard splitter and overhead dust collection.

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter

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woodbutcherbynight

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#9 posted 01-07-2018 03:41 PM

Yes it is possible. I am in the middle of a build for a cabinet to have two Delta Contractors saws bolted together side by side. As others noted it allows you to have one saw dedicated to dado work. Once completed I am only 8 inches longer that my original saw set up but will have 85% of my top cast iron. Something to note each saw will need to have its own fence, this adds cost. Or you could constantly dial in one fence to each saw every time you use it. Two separate tapes have to be used on your rail to account for each saw as well.

Sorry for crappy picture. It is a month old and I have made good progress but at least 2 months away from completion.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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Breeze73

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#10 posted 01-07-2018 03:44 PM

That’s for the thoughts everyone. I already have a pretty good sized outfeed/workbench as well as the issue of the motor that sticks out the back of the contractor saw, so back-to-back, might not be a good solution for me. Though, Holbs use of a 24” insert may solve that issue. I may try the side by side configuration and see what issues popup.

With regard to the fence issue, I already have an Incra TS-LS, so moving the fence between the two would be no problem, as you can dial in some extremely repeatable stops for the base to slide back and forth. But that is sometimes a pain in and of itself, if you are going back and forth between setups. I do have my old fence I could bolt back on the Jet saw, an old Vega Fence. It wasn’t my favorite, but it worked.

At the very least I can keep them separate, and use the Vega fence or even the Sawstop fence on the Jet and my Incra on the Sawstop. The only issue there would be the amount of room required to allow that. But, I may be able to make it work. Time will tell.

-- Breeze

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#11 posted 01-07-2018 04:17 PM

I have more than one saw and wouldn’t gang them together..

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#12 posted 01-07-2018 05:42 PM

For 2 saws to be set up side-by-side, would require the left saw to be a right tilt and the right saw, left tilt. That is if you want one fence to service both saws.

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#13 posted 01-07-2018 06:10 PM

I have 2 contractor saws and have considered putting both on my rolling table saw table. currently my router table has the 2nd position. for contractor saws, I believe side by side is the only option, as the motors would be fighting for space. Also, one long biesenmeyer rail would serve both. you could have two fences on the one rail.

-- I was thinking of the immortal words of Socrates, who said, "... I drank what?"

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#14 posted 01-07-2018 09:22 PM



I have 2 contractor saws and have considered putting both on my rolling table saw table. currently my router table has the 2nd position. for contractor saws, I believe side by side is the only option, as the motors would be fighting for space. Also, one long biesenmeyer rail would serve both. you could have two fences on the one rail.

- ToolManDan

Ditto. Have a 52” that’ll fit.

Having a dedicated xcut to the right with a sled that stays on the saw and using the left saw as a rip saw really appeals to me.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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woodbutcherbynight

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#15 posted 01-08-2018 02:31 AM



I have more than one saw and wouldn t gang them together..

- JackDuren

While I would like this as well space is a premium. Bolting both together with a 8 inch extension wing in the middle and on right side of right saw plus a 17 inch extension on the left saw for the router comes to 72 inches. That is 8 inches wider than previous footprint with the depth of the saws remaining the same. Those 8 inches I can afford. Adding cabinet space underneath yields more storage space, a nice bonus… LOL

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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