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Forum topic by Swampy posted 12-29-2011 05:53 AM 920 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-29-2011 05:53 AM

Hello all. Im new to this site and definately see that there are lots of experienced people in here. My quest of late is to get a new table saw for my shop. Ive pretty much decided on the Sawstop, its a load of money but Ive made the decision, what with my kids and all. Couldnt live with myself if something happened. That being said Im not really looking for the political viewpoint on wheather or not to buy one, what Im looking for is the mechanical viewpoint. Has anybody had any major mechanical problems with Sawstop, Im planning on a pro cabinet saw 1.75 hp with the upgraded 36” fence. I dont have a real big shop and probably wont be cutting lots of thicker stock but I sure would love to find out what problems are out there with this saw before I purchase one. If anybody could help with this I would greatly appreciate it. I did look around some hoping to find a forum with this subject but had no luck. Thanks in advance Swampy

-- Gary Vondermuehll

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#1 posted 12-29-2011 06:31 AM

I did have a problem with my 1.5 year old PCS (3hp). Sawstop was extremely swift in sending the replacement part. Two hours under the saw and I was back in business. While the SS seems like a complicated machine (and it is relative to other tablesaws), there are really only a few modular units on the saw that might be involved in a failure and all can be replaced by the user. Those are the main control switch box, the cable that connects the box to the brake cartridge (which was my issue), and the brake cartridge itself. I have read of users receiving new switch boxes, which solves most issues I have heard of.

In general you’ll not hear of too many problems, and the occasional issue gets resolved pretty quickly. You never hear long, frustrating stories.

Even the best made tools will have things go wrong on some units. Rest assured that one of the best parts of a SS is their customer service.

-- Optimists are usually disappointed. Pessimists are either right or pleasantly surprised. I tend to be a disappointed pessimist.

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#2 posted 12-30-2011 02:50 AM

Thanks for the info live4ever. I had hoped that SawStop would have a good customer service crew. Ill probably purchase my saw this weekend if everything goes good but I definately appreciate the info from you. It makes me feel good before my purchase. Swampy

-- Gary Vondermuehll

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#3 posted 12-30-2011 02:57 AM

Perhaps you could look through the reviews section, or enter SawStop in the search bar. I do recall reading somewhere on LJ about a SawStop shutting down for no reason, but I don’t own one. I agree with you on the safety thing, if you can afford it then why not. Only reason I didn’t get one is they are too heavy (needed to go in a basement); plus apparently there are people out there with non-SS saws and all their fingers.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#4 posted 12-30-2011 03:11 AM

LOL doncutlip I agree with you on the many users with all there fingers intact. I still have mine and plan on keeping all of them if I can. Ive used a table saw for many years and consider myself fortuanate to have never had any major accidents. Ive experienced a kickback once that my garage door didnt appreciate to much but it taught me more respect for my saw but its time to upgrade and I can afford the saw so why not get it while I can. As far as looking at SawStops site I think Ive just about checked out all the table saw sites in the last few months. :) and I think this site has way more than Ive even thought about looking at YET. Thanks for the advice and the info Swampy

-- Gary Vondermuehll

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#5 posted 12-31-2011 03:57 AM

Well guys hopefully you wont see me for a few days I got my new saw today and I hear the shop calling my name as I type this. Ill have the time of my life putting this bad boy together. :) :) :)

-- Gary Vondermuehll

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#6 posted 12-31-2011 03:45 PM

Congrats on your new saw. The ones I have seen had beautiful fit and finish to them, and I am sure yours will be a joy to use.

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#7 posted 12-31-2011 03:57 PM

Congrats and have fun assembling :) I was probably being a little to picky but my only issue was setting the outfeed table perfectly level, I spent a couple of hours just looking for perfection I never achieved. Other than that everything was a breeze.

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