SawStop table saw

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SawStop table saw
Serial Number P114010835
Make/Model Model PCS31230 3.0HP 220V
Arrival Date 9/1/2012
Usability removed
Contact take the Canvas Woodhop authorization course
Where Removed
Authorization Needed yes
Hackable NO
Estimated Value $3,000.00
Host Area removed

SawStop table saw Area: removed

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Removal Section

  • What is it? - SawStop
  • Who is sponsoring? - Zack Sasnow (with blessings from Eric Beauchamp)
  • Date published to the mailing list and RT- 1/29/2021
  • Asset value - $2000
  • Suggested method of removal - Private auction, followed by public auction if unsuccessful
  • Background notes - has been replaced with a newer Industrial cabinet saw, no longer needed. In decent working order.
  • Resolution of removal - Sold for $800 in private auction.
  • Approval -

Authorization for this tool by authorized proctors only. Members not previously Authorized must take the CANVAS course at

Authorized Proctors

Ron Olson
Eric Beauchamp
Ralph Brendler
Paul VanLake
Michelle DeLeon


!!!!DO NOT CUT LIST!!!! - (This is not an exhaustive list)

These will trigger the brake. Don't do it! It's expensive, decommissions the saw, and we have enough collective knowledge that we really should be able to avoid it if we pay attention.

  • Mirrored Acrylic
  • Conductive Material !!!THIS INCLUDES ANYTHING LASERCUT!!!
  • Anything Laser-Cut. Yes, I'm saying it again.
  • Wet Wood
  • Aluminum and Other Metals. This also means that wood with nails, staples, etc. will trigger it.
  • Wet Wood
  • Lexan
  • Green Pressure-Treated Wood

A great way to know if you are safe to cut is to test by putting your material up to the blade and seeing if the light by the on-switch turns red. If it does, do not cut it!


  1. Do not move the machine ever.
  2. Never use the table as a work surface.
  3. Always have the dust collection on. Turn it on before you plug in the saw and off after you unplug the saw.
  4. Always check your material on the blade before you spin up the blade. If the light turns red, DO NOT CUT.
  5. Always check your wood for nails or staples. If you're not sure, check the entire piece with a magnet.
  6. 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.
  7. Always dust the entire machine when you are done. Also check the motor compartment after every use and vacuum out as needed.

Additional Information

Dado Stack

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.

Sacrificial Fence

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: beginning at minute 8 for a demonstration of how the sacrificial fence works.

Blade Brake

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!


Repaired and in working order as of 11/9/2015

oops on 9/30/2018, someone reported on googlegroups that Chalkpaper on ply wood caused the brake to engage..

10-5-18 reports of Elevator not working

Repaired and in working order as of 11/9/2015

may 14 2018 brake triggered by lasered wood

june 16 2018 tilt broken

Repaired--9/30/2018, someone reported on googlegroups that Chalkpaper on ply wood caused the brake to engage..

7/1/2018 tilt broken

10-5-18 tilt and Elevator not working Parts ordered.

10/24/2018 everything put back together and the lift and tilt mechanisms work mostly like a charm.still waiting for pinion gear to optimize it, but is again functional..

11-17-2018 repaired. 11/16/2018. Brake tripped by user holding a graphite pen in hand while running saw. Pencil made blade contact with blade

2/12/2019. Ashley ordered and David E replaces brake and blade. 2/11/2019. bladeBrake tripped again new on order

3/3/2019. David earl repaired finniky switch. Repaired / adjusted spring and it’s mounts, re-mounted loose control PCB

4/7/2019. Elevator not working 4/9/2019 Eric repaired. Still a little hard to turn but working. 8/24. Brake engaged. Out of service

8/25/19. Saw is back in service. The dado stack will be out until we received the replacement brake

9/14/19. The angle adjustment is not working. It is at 5 degrees currently and when trying to turn it, the gears sort of clunk and sets it back at 5. —david p.

9/16/19 working ok today thanks to whoever fixed it gary

10/26/19 Eric replaced brake

11/11/2019 Tilt mechanism broken DO NOT TILT BLADE. Gear stripped. Saw still usable in 90 degree cuts.

2-14-20. Elevator mechanism broken. Blade below table. FIXED


  • 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!

Training Links

Use checklist

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.


List of Currently Authorized Users

NOTE: authorizations are now (since Feb 5 2020) being tracked in Wild Apricot. If your Authorizer did not enter you on the "checkin sheets" or directly into Wild Apricot, please email gary [email protected]

Member Authorizer Date
Dan Meyer Sean Blaszak prior to 2015
Eric Stein Steve Finkelman / Danger Committee prior to 2015
Dee Newcum Shawn Blaszak prior to 2015
Steve Farkas Adrianna McKinley prior to 2015
Mike Warot Adrianna McKinley prior to 2015
Ryan Pierce Adrianna McKinley prior to 2015
Sean Nixon Tim Saylor prior to 2015
Michael Reddy Tim Saylor prior to 2015
Derek Bever Tim Saylor prior to 2015
Dan Willmott Tim Saylor prior to 2015
Michael Skilton Adrianna McKinley prior to 2015
João Santos Geoffrey Topham prior to 2015
David Fell Tucker Tomlinson prior to 2015
Dan Locks Adrianna McKinley prior to 2015
Dave Earley Dan Locks prior to 2015
Lyn Cole Tim Saylor prior to 2015
George Shaw Tim Saylor prior to 2015
Hilary Lee Matt Triano prior to 2015
Daylan Dufelmeier Matt Triano prior to 2015
Bryan Gleason Matt Triano prior to 2015
Daniel Wells Matt Triano prior to 2015
Aaron Feigen Matt Triano prior to 2015
Lawrence MacDevitt Matt Triano prior to 2015
Ryan Kelly Matt Triano prior to 2015
Ron Bean Matt Triano prior to 2015
Jonathan Bisson Matt Triano prior to 2015
Anna Yu Matt Triano prior to 2015
Bandit Gangwere Matt Triano prior to 2015
David Butler Matt Triano prior to 2015
Ian McLeod Derek Bever prior to 2015
Jeremy Fay Matt Triano prior to 2015
Justin Conroy Matt Triano prior to 2015
Sevin Straus Matt Triano prior to 2015
Ray Doeksen Jason Shanfield prior to 2015
Touly Phiachantharath Matt Triano prior to 2015
Will Garza Matt Triano prior to 2015
Brennan Koziarz Matt Triano prior to 2015
Eric Beauchamp Matt Triano prior to 2015
Josh Myers Matt Triano prior to 2015
Elizabeth Koprucki Matt Triano prior to 2015
Alex Schaffer Matt Triano prior to 2015
Szymon Sambor Matt Triano prior to 2015
Lucas Goossen Matt Triano prior to 2015
John Keippel Ron Olson prior to 2015
Pete Noverini Matt Triano prior to 2015
Dan Baltudis Ron Olson prior to 2015
Ben Bogler Matt Triano prior to 2015
Sam Paris Matt Triano prior to 2015
Bob McGrath Ron Olson prior to 2015
Michelle Deleon Ron Olson prior to 2015
Jennie P Ron Olson prior to 2015
Eugene Liokumovich Ron Olson prior to 2015
John Beyer Matt Triano prior to 2015
Erik Wessing Eric Beauchamp prior to 2015
Marcin Ignasiak Eric Beauchamp prior to 2015
Abel Greenwald Andy Larkin prior to 2015
Glenn Powers Matt Triano Mar/01/2015
Mike Jones Matt Triano May/12/2015
Mark Stevens Eric Beauchamp Jul/18/2015
Ralph Brendler Eric Beauchamp Aug/27/2015
Shane Kanter Ron Olson Sep/10/2015
Burton Kent Ron Olson Sep/10/2015
Jeff Smykil Matt Triano Sep/26/2015
John McDonald Eric Beauchamp Oct/05/2015
Aaron Carlock Eric Beauchamp Nov/19/2015
Patrick Lynch Eric Beauchamp Nov/19/2015
Alex Al-Hamdan Eric Beauchamp Dec/04/2015
Jared K. Eric Beauchamp Mar/10/2016
Mark Zumwalt Andy Larkin Mar/17/2016
Adam Stein Andy Larkin Apr/14/2016
Greg "Nerobro" Teiber Dan Locks Apr/29/2016
Spencer Simms Eric Beauchamp May/19/2016
Jim Brink Andy Larkin Jul/21/2016
Derwin Umali Andy Larkin Aug/04/2016
Joe Dowling Ken Burkhardt Aug/15/2016
Revant Ohri Andy L Sep/15/2016
Max Rashes Ken Burkhardt Sep/20/2016
Jon Komperda Ken Burkhardt Oct/17/2016
Logan Price Andy Larkin Nov/21/2016
Tony Iacullo Andy Dec/05/2016
John McBride Andy Larkin Jan/19/2017
Bruce Mace Eric Beauchamp Feb/20/2017
Matthew Quigley Andy Larkin Mar/02/2017
Molly Adamski Ralph Brendler Apr/27/2017
David Earl Ralph Brendler May/04/2017
Jim Handley Ralph Brendler May/13/2017
Paul McClay Ralph Brendler May/18/2017
Kari Danek Ralph Brendler Jun/15/2017
Danielle MacDonald Ralph Brendler Jun/29/2017
Andrew Wingate Jason Shanfield Jul/22/2017
Zack Sasnow Paul Van Lake Aug/03/2017
Christophe Laurent Ralph Brendler Aug/10/2017
Jacob Snyder Ralph Brendler Sep/07/2017
Mark Haughey Sevin Straus Sep/30/2017
Theo T Ralph Brendler Nov/30/2017
Wally Ibrahim Ralph Brendler Nov/30/2017
Sam Holtman Paul V Dec/06/2017
Ben Starett Ralph Brendler Dec/14/2017
Ross Hanchett Ralph Brendler Dec/14/2017
Michael Donovan Ralph Brendler Dec/14/2017
Jamin Nollsch Ralph Brendler Dec/28/2017
Aaron Vander Bee Ralph Brandler Jan/11/2018
Ben Farmer Ralph Brendler Jan/11/2018
Joseph Crouch Ralph Brendler Jan/11/2018
Bradford Smith Ralph Brendler Jan/11/2018
Stephanie Pelzer Ralph Brendler Jan/11/2018
Amanda Assaley Ralph Brendler Jan/11/2018
Chris Eppig Ralph Brendler Jan/11/2018
Patrick Smith Ralph Brendler Jan/11/2018
Jeff Gershune Paul VanLake Jan/16/2018
Bryan Pennington Ralph Brendler Jan/25/2018
Michael Ice Ralph Brendler Feb/08/2018
Francisco Becerril Ralph Brendler Feb/08/2018
Brandon Kennedy Ralph Brendler Feb/22/2018
Rolf Scheidt Ralph Brendler Feb/22/2018
Charles Barker Ralph Brendler Mar/08/2018
Dan Mach Ralph Brendler Mar/08/2018
Bruce Mace Ralph Brendler Mar/08/2018
Nick Prorok Ralph Brendler Mar/08/2018
Ricardo Staudt Ralph Brendler Mar/08/2018
Paul Graham Ralph Brendler Mar/22/2018
Mike Gucciard Ralph Brendler Mar/22/2018
Wayne Warren Ralph Brendler Mar/22/2018
Adam Hall Paul V Mar/29/2018
Bill Schroeder Ralph Brendler Apr/05/2018
Mike Wilkin Ralph Brendler Apr/19/2018
Alex Lanigan Ralph Brendler Apr/19/2018
Jessica Jokhi Ralph Brendler Apr/19/2018
Matt Maggio Ralph Brendler Apr/19/2018
Jonathan Frink Ralph Brendler Apr/19/2018
Ian Brieger Ralph Brendler Apr/19/2018
Wayne Hendryx Ralph Brendler Apr/19/2018
Gary Newhouse Ralph Brendler Apr/26/2018
Dave DesRoberts Paul Van Lake Apr/26/2018
Jennifer DesRoberts Paul Van Lake Apr/26/2018
John Burkholder Ralph Brendler May/03/2018
Brendan Fortune Ralph Brendler May/17/2018
Fritz Sullivan Ralph Brendler May/30/2018
Elizabeth Reuter Ralph Brendler May/30/2018
Kirsten Landmark Masih Ralph Brendler Jun/07/2018
Chris Niziolek Ralph Brendler Jun/14/2018
Bob Fritz Ralph Brendler Jun/14/2018
Sam Wallinga Ralph Brendler Jun/14/2018
Nate Myren Ralph Brendler Jun/14/2018
Eli Schlossberg Ralph Brendler Jun/14/2018
Tyler Works Ralph Brendler Jun/14/2018
Bruce Levin Paul V Jul/05/2018
Joe Day Paul V Jul/05/2018
Mike Yacobucci Ralph Brendler Jul/12/2018
Mike Yacobucci Ralph Brendler Jul/12/2018
Aaron Hale Ralph Brendler Jul/26/2018
Adam Wilk Ralph Brendler Jul/26/2018
Adam Wilk Ralph Brendler Jul/26/2018
Adam Wilk Ralph Brendler Jul/26/2018
Aaron Hale Ralph Brendler Jul/26/2018
Geoff Klein Paul V Sep/13/2018
Earl Wood Paul V Sep/13/2018
Jacob Dawson Paul V Sep/13/2018
Jacob Dawson Paul V Sep/13/2018
Geoff Klein Paul V Sep/13/2018
Geoff Klein Paul V Sep/13/2018
Earl Wood Paul V Sep/13/2018
Earl Wood Paul V Sep/13/2018
Jacob Dawson Paul V Sep/13/2018
Farsheed Hamidi-Toosi Paul V Sep/27/2018
Farsheed Hamidi-Toosi Paul V Sep/27/2018
Tim Bielawa Paul V Sep/27/2018
Farsheed Hamidi-Toosi Paul V Sep/27/2018
Gwenn-Ael Lynn Ralph Brendler Oct/04/2018
Gwenn-Ael Lynn Ralph Brendler Oct/04/2018
Tatjana Paunesku Ralph Brendler Nov/29/2018
Kevin Bradley Paul V Dec/07/2018
Dan Gulick Paul V Dec/07/2018
Jim Lund Paul Van Lake Dec/07/2018
Deanna Musurlian Ralph Brendler Jan/24/2019
Pat Hillegass Ralph Brendler Jan/24/2019
Brian Barnt Ralph Brendler Feb/07/2019
Matt Dinning Ralph Brendler Feb/07/2019
Tony Green Ralph Brendler Feb/07/2019
Johanna Vargas David Earl Feb/13/2019
Alex Biardo Paul Van Lake Mar/01/2019
Tyler Moench Ralph Brendler Mar/03/2019
Carsten Lohan Ralph Brendler Mar/07/2019
Bobby Salazar Ralph Brendler Mar/21/2019
Vaibhav Konanur Paul Van Lake Mar/30/2019
Sean Blum Ralph Brendler Apr/04/2019
Maciej Warchalowski Paul V Apr/10/2019
David Earley Ralph Brendler Apr/18/2019
Zach Graceffa Ralph Brendler Apr/18/2019
Kyle Kavanagh Paul V May/24/2019
David Pfeffer Paul V May/24/2019
Jack Gibbons Paul V Jun/20/2019
Tim Whelan Ralph Brendler Jun/27/2019
Andrew Soghigian Ralph Brendler Jul/11/2019
Luke Krudwig Ralph Brendler Jul/11/2019
Nathan Upchurch Ralph Brendler Jul/11/2019
Paul Ocampo Ralph Brendler Jul/11/2019
Eric Kostecki Paul V Jul/18/2019
Michael Baker Paul V Jul/18/2019
Sarah Lu Ralph Brendler Jul/25/2019
Connar Rosebraugh Ralph Brendler Aug/01/2019
Joseph Kardia Ralph Brendler Aug/01/2019
Kevin Huemann Ralph Brendler Aug/01/2019
Szymon Mirek David Earl Aug/18/2019
Justin Pestka Ralph Brendler Aug/30/2019
Arjun Sharma Ralph Brendler aug 10 2017
Mike Thompson Michelle DeLeon 08/22/19
Denise Allen Paul V 08/29/19
Sam Vuchetich Ralph Brendler 09/05/19
Malindima Sampa Paul V 10/11/19
Nikolas Gamarra Ralph Brendler 10/13/19
Tony Vetter Michelle DeLeon 10/06/19
Drew Deitch Michelle DeLeon 10/31/19
Adam Rangwala Ralph Brendler 11/14/19
Derek Smith Ralph Brendler 11/14/19
Jeff Becker Eric Beauchamp 11/23/19
Guillermo Tinoco David Earl 12/05/19
paulina hubli david earl 12/5/2019
Austin Webster Michelle DeLeon 12/10/19
Debbie Walker Michelle DeLeon 12/10/19
Ryan Zoghlin Paul V 1/16/2020
David Robbins Paul V 1/16/2020
Tyler Mark Paul V 1/30/2020
Scott Yoder Paul V 1/30/2020
Steve Clemons Paul V 1/30/2020
Matt Holmes Paul V 1/30/2020