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Forum topic by SamuraiSaw posted 03-01-2013 09:18 AM 1019 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-01-2013 09:18 AM

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To me, one of the biggest drawbacks to the SawStop was the need to change the cartridge whenever installing a dado set. Given the nature of the workflow in my shop, in a typical day we may change blades 7 or 8 times including a couple of dado setups. I use different blades for rip and crosscut, and seldom if ever use a combination blade.

How often do you change your blades during a project, or do you just put one blade on and go for it?

-- Artisan Woodworks of Texas....

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#1 posted 03-01-2013 09:33 AM

I will swap back and forth between dado and my normal blade but I use a cmt orange combo blade normally for both rips and cross cuts, it’s not a forest, but they are pretty danged impressive blades.

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#2 posted 03-01-2013 11:52 AM

I have worked in shops with a bunch of saws, and yet, there is always the need of changing blades.
Switching a blade can take up to 10 minutes, so in a day your shop is spending an hour 20 minutes, for a total of 346 hours a year just doing that task….....a second saw will reduce that amout of time significantly.

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#3 posted 03-01-2013 01:11 PM

I change blades probably 3-4 times every time I’m in the shop it seems. From dado to rip to combination. I don’t crosscut that much on the table saw either. A lot depends on the project.

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#4 posted 03-01-2013 01:54 PM

I’m with TCC, except my combo blade is a Freud 40-tooth combo blade. I swap between that and my dado set. For construction-type projects, I throw in the not-so-awesome blade that came with my saw.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#5 posted 03-01-2013 03:00 PM

Good points all around, especially about the cumulative time spent on blade changes. We are currently looking for a larger space, which will make a second saw feasible.

I use the talesaw for crosscuts almost exclusively. The Amana combo I have does a good job, but not as good as the 80t finish blade. The best use I’ve found for the combo is slot cutting. The raker leaves a nice smooth bottom.

-- Artisan Woodworks of Texas....

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Mark Kornell

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#6 posted 03-01-2013 05:04 PM

Changing the cartridge on the SS is simple and very quick to to. Takes about the same amount of time as taking off the arbor nut. Stacking the dado set takes more time. If you are doing it enough times in a day that the extra 10 seconds each time is an issue, you really need a separate saw for the dado.

-- Mark Kornell, Kornell Wood Design

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#7 posted 03-01-2013 05:25 PM

The additional steps required when changing blade setups was among the many reasons I didn’t buy a saw stop. Once we get into our new space the quest for an additional tablesaw may get a higher priority, but for now the workflow has to remain the same.

-- Artisan Woodworks of Texas....

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