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10-15-2014 10:58 PM

I have owned a SawStop professional series cabinet saw for almost 3 years now and I really like it. That being said I have longed for a slider but never liked the idea of one size fits all from the aftermarket manufactures. So finally SawStop has brought to market their own slider for their saws as I’m sure most of you have seen.

I made a trip to WoodCraft in Ft Worth TX so I could see one in person and yes I brought one home with me and got it installed last night. The fence rails must be cut off in order to mount the slider. I already had a incra fence system on my saw so cutting the incra aluminum rails was easy to do with the appropriate blade in my Kapex. Over all the installation is straight forward and the instructions are written well.

The unit seems very solid, well made, and beefy. I can’t give comparisons to other sliders as I have never had one but so far I like this unit. I know there isn’t very much info out there on this unit from users so I can try to answer question if anyone has any.

Very heavy cardboard box to protect the unit.

Cutting the rails on the Kapex.

Squaring the fence with my large phenolic square.

The install took about 3 hours.

I had to modify my out feed table so the slider would just pass over the edge of it.

With the blade raised high enough to cut 3/4” material my tape reads 50 1/8” from the blade to the fence so it would be easy to cross cut over size ply or mdf.

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#1 posted 10-15-2014 10:58 PM

Looks Good!!!

-- Lance, Hook'em HORNS! ""V""

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#2 posted 10-16-2014 07:13 AM

What did you do with the left side tablesaw wing? Also, how much of the Incra fence did you need to trim off? Related Q, why not just shift the Incra to the right?

Please give us an update on your review in a few months after you’ve had a bunch of experience with it.

-- I'm happier than a tornado in a trailer park! Grace & Peace.

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#3 posted 10-16-2014 11:59 AM

That is really nice looking. The price seems pretty high at $999 but sliding table saws are all expensive.

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#4 posted 10-16-2014 01:36 PM

Biker Dad, the left side cast wing is in storage with my original SawStop rails and fence. I cut the incra rails to match the length of the saw body and extension table on the right side of my saw. Sliding the incra to the right was not possible as I have dust collection pipes and my jointer/planer sits the the right of my table saw. It was about 14” that I cut off of the incra rails.

Redoak49 I will agree that $999 isn’t a cheap item but when you pick one up you will see you really are getting a quality product for the money.

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#5 posted 10-16-2014 02:26 PM

First, you have a really expensive shop by what I can see in the photos! Two, this slider looks ALOT like my jessem mast r slide. Thankfully, I picked the mast r slide up used off CL for $175 this spring. I will admit that this looks to be a bit better than the jessem product. The jessem is nice with zero slop, and it is very smooth and well machined. However, I like how this is specific to the sawstop. Mine is on a late 90s delta contractor saw, and it went on pretty smoothly, but I find there is a bit of tinkering with all the general after market products, which is a little unsettling. I am not a machinist. I am a woodworker. How is the angle function? If that is easily positioned and accurate, that is a big plus over the jessem. I can adjust angles on the jessem, but it’s a manual adjustment, which is time consuming. Very time consuming. Looks like an awesome product, but 999 bones… Is it that big of an add if you buy it on their saw at the time of purchase?

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#6 posted 10-16-2014 02:30 PM

pwk5017, I’m sure the price is the same no matter when you purchase the unit. As for angles there are no detents or stops of any kind just turn the fence to match the readout you want. The angle scale is large and easy to read but I do wish it had a couple of built in stop points such as 90 and 45 degrees. I agree I would have gone with a Jessem as well if I could have found one for only $175.00!!!

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#7 posted 10-16-2014 02:42 PM

Thanks for the review. After a few months would you please expand upon the review as to how well it is working?

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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#8 posted 10-16-2014 02:43 PM

JesseTutt, I will report back with use and mods.

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#9 posted 10-16-2014 03:10 PM


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#10 posted 11-11-2014 03:49 AM

Very Nice – Looking forward to hearing more about it.

-- Rob V

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#11 posted 11-12-2014 06:15 PM

Thanks for showing that to us. I have a 52” SS pro. I saw it on some sites when they introduced it. Being ignorant as to sliders, I just have a couple of questions.
Do I loose anything for ripping?
If so, do most have two saws? One dedicated to the slider?
It appears as though I can still use my jigs that I have built for this or that, is that correct?
Is there any modifications to be made to the stock fence and rail?
Any downsides at all?
Thanks for showing that to us!

-- Mike

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#12 posted 11-12-2014 06:21 PM

The main irritant for me with a slider is that the slider
fence interferes with some ripping. Large sliders
nearly solve this problem by having 8’ or more of
slider travel so the rip fence is not used as much.

With a shorter stroke slider, say 52”, if you want to rip
a 60” pantry side you would need to remove the
slider fence to do it, or at least pivot it out of the way.

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#13 posted 11-12-2014 06:43 PM

Loren is correct. If you are ripping wide material then the slider fence must be removed. With that said I usually do long rips, on wide stock, with my Festool tracksaw. I have been working on a big project this week and I did remove the slider fence one time, which to be honest is easy to do. The other small complaint is when you remove that fence and cut a long wide panel, the travel of the sliding table might be less than your need to travel to make your cut, so you would lock the slider and slide the material over the table in the normal fashion. The problem with that is the surface of the sliding table is textured compared to the cast iron of the table top so things don’t slide on it as well. If that material length is less than the travel of the slider then no problem just let the slider move.

For my work flow I usually break down lumber to close dimensions with a track saw then final dimensions on the table saw. In that regard i really like having the slider. I can do a final rip pass then square one end and rotate the piece and cut to final length without every turning the saw off or switching to a different tool.

I have made one modification to the slider. The end of the slider fence is about 2 inches from the blade so I made a wood plug that fits into the end of the slider fence that now has a curf cut from the blade so I have a zero clearance cut line and tear out prevention. I know they say you can add a sacrificial fence but I really don’t like adding mdf fences, I find them inaccurate and a pain to install compared to my wood plug.

I have now made one mod to my plug and that is to drill a small hole into the top of the slider fence which allows me to put a screw into the plug so it doesn’t accidentally slide out a little.

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#15 posted 11-18-2014 06:19 PM

I have several guys that come over and use my shop. A couple of them and me too cut some plywood or MDF sheets. We are making some “workshop cabinets” tpye of things…I take it from your and Lorens reply that this setup is not especially condusive to this type of work. Maybe I should reconsider before getting my “drool on”.

-- Mike

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