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Forum topic by JimmyNate posted 04-04-2009 03:37 PM 1821 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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JimmyNate

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04-04-2009 03:37 PM

Topic tags/keywords: sawstop dampener stiffener stabilizer wobble

Does anyone with a Sawstop (cabinet or contractor) use a blade stiffener/dampener/stabilizer? I’d like to use one but I’m worried it will foul up the sensors for the brake. I can’t find any info from Sawstop about this so I thought I’d ask here before I give them a call.

-- "We are what we repeatedly do; excellence then is not an act but a habit." ---Aristotle


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ChicoWoodnut

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#1 posted 04-04-2009 03:47 PM

I would give them a call.

As they say in my profession “trust but verify”

-- Scott - Chico California http://chicowoodnut.home.comcast.net

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#2 posted 04-04-2009 03:50 PM

Write them an e-mail. I have had them write me back very quickly.

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#3 posted 04-04-2009 03:52 PM

I don’t know anyone that uses one. I’m pretty sure it’s all placebo.

As someone once said “In my mind it works, because I spent 20 dollars on it”

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#4 posted 04-04-2009 04:20 PM

Shouldn’t affect it. The activation is based on sensing a drop in electrical resistance between the blade and ground. A blade stiffener/dampener/stabilizer isn’t grounded.

-- Joe

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#5 posted 04-04-2009 04:48 PM

I don’t own a Sawstop, but do have an opinion based on experience about the need for stabilizers (or lack thereof). A high quality blade (thin or full kerf) spinning on a well tuned saw with low runout shouldn’t need or benefit from a stabilizer/stiffener. I’ve never noticed an improvement with or without, so I tend to not recommend one unless a problem exists that a stiffener might improve.

”In my small mind I want it to make a difference because I paid 24 dollars for it …...” wick1438 on blade stabilizers…

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Bill White

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#6 posted 04-05-2009 05:47 PM

“I’d like to use one.”
Why?
I only use them on my RAS with a TK blade.
If you need a stabilizer on a SS, you’ve got some BIG problems somewhere.
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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JimmyNate

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#7 posted 04-05-2009 07:27 PM

Thanks for all the input. I sent them an email yesterday but since it’s the weekend I don’t expect to hear back until Monday.

I’m really glad to hear folks saying they are unnecessary. I’d previously only heard “buy, buy, buy” so I planned to get one when I order a Forrest Woodworker II. Now that I’ve heard some opinions to the contrary, I’ll probably just order the blade and see for myself.

I’ll post again with Sawstop’s reply once I get it.

-- "We are what we repeatedly do; excellence then is not an act but a habit." ---Aristotle

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JimmyNate

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#8 posted 04-07-2009 09:16 PM

Sawstop said nothing about it interfering with the brake sensor but discouraged using one for a number of reasons. The safety concern was that it could push the blade too far to the side of the brake so that when engaged, the brake is ineffective.

-- "We are what we repeatedly do; excellence then is not an act but a habit." ---Aristotle

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