Sawstop Industrial Table Saw
|This tool is currently broken, please contact the area host for more information.|
- 1 Authorization for this tool by authorized proctors only. Members not previously Authorized must take the CANVAS course at https://canvas.pumpingstationone.org/courses/40
- 2 Rules
- 3 Additional Information
July 17 2020. User reported kickback and then saw stopped and won’t restart. Woodshop team has tested breakers and safety lockout mechanisms. Troubleshooting continues.
August 6. After replacing parts on saw, final part of fix was replacing breaker in panel. Circuit overloaded lugs but did not trip breaker.
Sept 2021. Fence guide ruler shredded. Replaced gn
Sept 24 2021. Report that the blade stopped motor stopped and smoke was billowing from motor box and ductwork. After a long rest, it was tested and no fault found. Stress tested 9/26 and put back into service. Gn
this very heavy duty version of the SawStop was installed January 2020
- Do not move the machine ever.
- Never use the table as a work surface.
- Always have the dust collection on. Turn it on before you plug in the saw and off after you unplug the saw.
- Always check your material on the blade before you spin up the blade. If the light turns red, DO NOT CUT.
- Always check your wood for nails or staples. If you're not sure, check the entire piece with a magnet.
- If you break something, or damage the saw, contact the area host immediately. Don't let others do more damage or hurt themselves by using a broken tool.
- Always dust the entire machine when you are done. Also check the motor compartment after every use and vacuum out as needed.
Dado stack use requires separate authorization.
SawStop saws support 8″ dado sets only. The optional dado brake cartridge must be used for dado cuts. It has a larger brake pawl designed to stop the multiple blades in a dado set. In addition, you will also need to use a zero-clearance insert specifically for the dado set.
The Sacrificial Fence requires the dado stack authorization to have been completed.
A sacrificial fence is used in combination with the dado stack to create rebates (grooves) at the edges of boards. Trying to make a rebate at the edge of a board without a sacrificial fence in place will result in damage to the rip fence.
The sacrificial fence is placed on top of the standard table saw rip fence and secured with the screws on the back side. Ensure that the fence is square to the table while tightening the set screws, and that the fence is flush with the front of the rip fence. Then, slide the fence over top of the dado stack, adjusting the fence for the desired rebate width. Adjust the blade height for the desired depth of rebate.
See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYqvwlbm6B0 beginning at minute 8 for a demonstration of how the sacrificial fence works.
This saw is equipped with a safety feature that will (hopefully) stop the blade when it contacts something conductive-- like your hand. However, that means you normally can't cut conductive things with this saw or you will trigger the safety brake. This is good if it was your hand in the way, but it also destroys the sawblade and requires installation of a replacement part that costs $70+ every time. And the saw will be down until the replacement can be installed.
According to the owner's manual: "Conductive materials such as aluminum and other metals, carbon fiber materials, mirrored acrylic, carbon-filled materials, etc. will typically cause the brake to activate." [Emphasis added.]
Other things that may trigger the brake include wet wood, and wood with embedded nails or staples. Lexan and green pressure-treated wood reportedly can also be a problem. That is why the rules instruct you to check your material on the side of the blade before spinning it up, and to check your wood for nails or staples!
- There's an m8 hole drilled and tapped in the mitre gauge. The post from a magnetic base of our dial indicators thread in. The post may require a spacer so the threads don't stick out (use a stack of washers or a larger-than-m8 nut).
- The right hand table adjusting screw was bent while aligning the table. The table was aligned without it. Aligning the arbor tilt axis will be *really tough* without a replacement. (Part #11 in the cabinet and table exploded diagram in the manual p98)
- The rear rip fence rail has places to put 4 countersunk allen bolts. The left hand bolt screwed into the main table was too long and made contact with an internal table part (probably the rear trunion). It probably pushed the table out of alignment and caused binding while re-aligning the table. That bolt was left out. Don't replace it!
Manual download 
PS1 is experimenting with the use of checklists to encourage the safe use and proper care of tools in the workspace. The latest version of the checklists for this tool is stored as a Google Doc that can be edited by anyone. If you make changes, update the effective date at the bottom of the document. Print a new copy, and replace the old one.
- Power beaker Switch is in hot metals shop panel.