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Forum topic by mbs posted 11-08-2012 03:33 AM 1606 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-08-2012 03:33 AM

Topic tags/keywords: sawstop brake

I have a sawstop and want to share my recent mistake with you so you don’t make the same one.

I was ripping a pc of mdf today. Everything went fine during the cut. I pushed the ripped pc to the outfeed rollers. Then I was moving the remnant to be cut and the corner of the remnant kissed the front of the blade guard, the blade guard hit the blade which jerked the splitter a hair toward the blade. When the splitter made the slightest contact with the blade the brake initiated its stop process. You know the rest of the story.

My mistake, besides accidentally hitting the blade guard, was to have the splitter too close to the blade. There are two cap screws that control the position of the splitter housing. They should be set about 1/4” from the blade. Mine were probably closer to 1/8” away.


-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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#1 posted 11-08-2012 03:45 AM

Interesting. I didn’t know you could trigger the SawStop action that way.

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#2 posted 11-08-2012 03:47 AM

it was a lesson for me too. Since the splitter is conductive it sets the brake off.

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#3 posted 11-08-2012 09:07 PM

How’d it sound? ;^)

I have a SS, but I use an Excalibur overarm guard. I’ve never fired mine, but I’ve seen live demos. It’s quite a noise!

If this is a factory setup issue, or setup information missing from the manual, you should let SawStop know. Maybe they’ll even hook you up with a fresh cartridge.

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#4 posted 11-08-2012 09:18 PM

probably scared the crap out of you when it fired, I know it would for me! I use a “Shark Guard” for my Sawstop, but if I ever switch back to the factory guard I’ll keep this in mind.

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#5 posted 11-08-2012 10:13 PM

This happened to one of my buddies when he was stretching his tape measure and moving his fence. The blade was just winding down and nicked the tape and fired the cartridge. Probably shouldn’t have been working on the saw table before the blade was stopped, but still quite a pill when that cartridge fires.

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#6 posted 11-09-2012 01:51 AM

It didn’t bother me too much. I was standing back from the saw moving the wood. I think it would be worse if I had my finger on the blade.

I did tell Sawstop. They didn’t send me a new cartridge for free.

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