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Forum topic by garberfc posted 03-29-2013 05:15 PM 1415 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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garberfc

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03-29-2013 05:15 PM

Topic tags/keywords: ss sawstop

I’m a relatively new SS owner and I’m wondering if the saw can be operated with non-standard blades like these Magic Molder Shaper Heads.

Once installed, can I go through the procedure of disabling the brake like its done with green/wet wood?

TIA,
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Elizabeth

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#1 posted 03-29-2013 05:30 PM

You’d probably be best off writing to the Sawstop folks and asking. They’ve always been very responsive with my questions.

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#2 posted 03-29-2013 05:38 PM

As I understand it, Sawstop makes brake cartridges for only the nominal-size blade (usually 10”) and a dado head with the same diameter. So yes, I think you can OPERATE the SS w/ the shaper heads, but you lose the braking feature.

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gtbuzz

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#3 posted 03-29-2013 06:19 PM

This is from the manual for the 3HP PCS:

The SawStop Professional Cabinet Saw is designed to be used with a 10 inch saw blade or 8 inch dado set. <snip> If you attempt to use an incompatible blade, the safety system will display an error code and prevent the motor from starting.

Also, right below that:

WARNING! Only install 10 inch blades or 8 inch dado sets (with optional dado cartridge and optional dado table insert). Do not install other size blades or dado sets. Do not install molding heads or other non-standard cutters. Use of these non-standerd blades or cutters may cause serious injury.

I know that if an incorrect blade size is installed the motor won’t start, however I’m not sure if that’s also true if the saw is in bypass mode. My guess is that the second disclaimer there is there to protect themselves in the event that someone uses a non-standard blade. Do what Elizabeth says – just give them a call and ask to speak to someone in tech support. Their customer support has been absolutely fantastic any time I’ve called them.

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CharlesNeil

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#4 posted 03-29-2013 07:08 PM

wont work, unless its 8” in diameter like a dado blade and you have a dado cartridge You cannot bypass the system unless it all reads correct, and 7 1/2 diameter will not make it. Sorry

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josephf

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#5 posted 03-29-2013 07:10 PM

tell you what I have done ,maybe it will help .I do not want to mess with my saw stop .I have a cheap old contractors saw . Removed the base so it slides under my bench .got rid of the side tables ,installed a 4” dust port and a set of board buddies .This saw is just for my molding heads and small dado cutters . Just used it the morning to mortise a groove . My sawstop is not tied up with the dado head . the old saw was free to me , Fence is fair . But this works super well for me .Cheap saws pop up used often for me . Really gad I took the time to make this up

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Shawn Masterson

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#6 posted 04-01-2013 12:08 AM

this is what happens when you give a simple tool a brain. I believe in safety, but I want my tools to perform not tell me what to do. 220 goes in, blade spins, dust comes out, the way it should be.

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woodbutcherbynight

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#7 posted 04-01-2013 01:21 AM

Shawn Masterson +1, gave me a good laugh. I also do not have the phone around, rarely know where it is, if found it probably does not have a charge anyway so like it matters I found it. (Laughing) My idea is if you want to talk, drop in with some beer and we can sit down, burn some wood, enjoy a drink and relax.

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

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needshave

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#8 posted 04-01-2013 02:14 AM

Shawn Masterson +2, I agree as well.

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Shawn Masterson

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#9 posted 04-02-2013 12:22 AM

wow you have a phone in your shop???? There is no way. The best time to be out in the shop is January when its to cold for the wife and kids to venture to the shop(heated)

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woodbutcherbynight

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#10 posted 04-02-2013 02:55 AM

The best time to be out in the shop is January when its to cold for the wife and kids to venture to the shop(heated)

Lock the door, turn up the music and ignore them…. (laughing)

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

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Richard

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#11 posted 07-30-2013 08:01 PM

Shawn Masterson +3 Never had any adjustment problems like this with the Uni Saws I have used off and on for years. Put pretty much any size blade that will fit on them and they run fine and I still have all my fingers intact.

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