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12-02-2013 08:05 PM

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I got a Membership thru the VA at the local Tech Shop in San Jose and have been useing thier Saw Stop table saw a little. I have found the controls to Raise and Lower the Blade and to Tilt the blade to be very tight to use. I have relased the lock so that is not the problem. When raising or lowering the blade it is very hard to turn the handle to get it raised and also if I am trying to Tilt the blade to 45. I have used other tablesaws and never had this much trouble getting the blade to move before , is this normal with the Saw Stop or do they maybe need to do some cleaning or adjusting to the saw ?

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#1 posted 12-02-2013 08:14 PM

Something is wrong. They are normally very easy to turn. I sometimes think I need to set the lock on the height adjustment it’s so easy. The blade tilt gets a bit more stiff when you get close to the limit, but it’s still easy.

I’d ask them to take a look. Maybe just sawdust in the threads.

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#2 posted 12-02-2013 08:25 PM

brtech , No need to set the Lock on this one pretty much even after you get it to the right height it dosen’t move. I think I will stop by on my way home tonight since I go right by the shop and ask someone to check it. The guy at the desk the other day was not really a tool guy so I will talk to one of the woodshop instructors about it. I think your idea of sawdust build up in the threads may be right, some of the people that use the tools there don’t do a very good job of cleanup.

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#3 posted 12-02-2013 10:33 PM

I have a SawStop PCS and have no problems with that. I would suggest calling SawStop and talking with them. They have always been very nice when I have called.

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#4 posted 12-03-2013 12:03 AM

When mine first came out of the box, the wheels were a little tight, but nothing I’d consider overly excessive. A couple of cycles back and forth I guess got lube spread out and they became smooth as butter. Have been ever since. Definitely give the SawStop people a call. Some of the best customer service I’ve ever encountered.

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#5 posted 12-03-2013 12:24 AM

I might just need the teeth cleaned to make the gears work better,the saw stop I’ve used works great.

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#6 posted 12-03-2013 02:11 AM

I have the Sawstop PCS and it is very easy to adjust the blade.

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#7 posted 12-03-2013 03:58 PM

Thanks guys , I talked to the people at Tech Shop last night and they are going to have it cleaned out and adjusted. For the price of a Membership (mine was free thru the VA) they should keep a pretty close eye on the maintaince of the machines.
The way this one is right now you would think the lock was engaged but I know it was not.

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#8 posted 12-03-2013 04:55 PM

we Have two saw stops in our wood shop.(Old guys, retired)
they get tight after use because Our air filtration.dust collector is faulty.
the placement of the hose on the saw stop is ,in my opinion, also poorly aligned.
On ours the trunions get lots of sawdust which needs to be Air hosed off often.
Keeping it cleaned out is the answer.

-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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#9 posted 11-30-2015 09:13 PM

Hi Richard, we have 2 Sawstops at school and one of them is just about froze for height adjustment. I just got off the phone with Sawstop and they said that they had installed hard woodruff keys where they should have been grass and when you use the use the lever to lock in the height setting, it hits the end of this key and acts like a brake. They will be sending me the instructions how to disassemble it a and also some new brass keys to replace the old ones. He said it fills up with steel chips and steadily gets worse. He said some people take off the lock lever because it pretty much stays at the height it is adjusted to. Then they don’t have this problem.

I have a blog out on this and when I get the instruction, I’ll post them in the blog. The Woodcraft people were out and did not know about this key issue.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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