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Forum topic by JADobson posted 11-05-2014 01:01 AM 965 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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JADobson

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11-05-2014 01:01 AM

I was at my local Lee Valley today (see: http://lumberjocks.com/topics/65237) and played around with their floor model of the 1.75 HP cabinet saw. I found the two hand wheels for adjusting the blade difficult to reach without bending over. They seem to be terribly low placed on the saw’s cabinet. So people who have a SS do you find it out of the way? Have you gotten used to it? Or is this just a problem unique to me?

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CharlieK

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#1 posted 11-05-2014 02:36 AM

Hi James,

I have the industrial SS and I love it. The blade tilt wheel on the professional model does look like it is kind of hard to reach, but a friend of mine has that model and he loves his Saw Stop, too.

If it seems awkward at first I bet you would quickly get used to it. They are great saws.

Good luck with your decision,
Charlie

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#2 posted 11-05-2014 04:00 AM

I have the PCS175, and have never found the placement of the handwheels to be a problem.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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ColonelTravis

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#3 posted 11-05-2014 04:17 AM

I’ve got the SS Pro, never thought twice about the location of either wheel.

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JADobson

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#4 posted 11-06-2014 03:40 AM

Maybe its just me then. Doesn’t really matter, as I won’t be in the market for a new saw for a while yet.

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#5 posted 11-06-2014 06:07 AM

Every table saw I ever used you have to bend over to use the adjustment wheels.

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#6 posted 11-06-2014 12:57 PM

I agree that it is a little tough to get to but I think all of them are that way. But, I think that all cabinet saws are like that to some degree and has to do with the design of the mechanism. However, I love my PCS and had never really noticed the issue before.

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TheDane

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#7 posted 11-06-2014 03:17 PM

But, I think that all cabinet saws are like that to some degree and has to do with the design of the mechanism.

The exception is the latest version of the Delta Unisaw. When I bought my SawStop, the other finalist was the Unisaw with it’s front-mounted handwheels. The decision ultimately came down to the SawStop safety brake (grandsons in the shop) and I have never looked back,

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#8 posted 11-06-2014 03:24 PM

i have used a industrial SS at a local maker space and the only issue i have with it is that the blade height handle is super hard to move. I was told that there is some sort of assistance device that is in the sawstop that broke. I have to use both hands and give it my all.

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Ripthorn

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#9 posted 11-06-2014 03:35 PM

I don’t have one but used one for a good while a couple years back. I never found them to be awkwardly placed. Though I have recently gotten into CNC stuff, and I think it would be awesome to put stepper motors on the wheel shafts. Then you could punch in the exact angle or height (after calibration), or just push a button and let it raise and lower without any twisting. The holding torque of the steppers would make sure that it doesn’t change position during the cut. Hmmm, this may be worth looking into….

-- Brian T. - Exact science is not an exact science

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AlaskaGuy

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#10 posted 11-07-2014 07:03 AM

Pretty typical hand wheel placement for cabinets saws over the past 50 or 60 years or more except maybe the new uni-saws.

How much you pay to have them put in a different location? It would require some re-designing and re-tooling.

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