SawStop



Industrial
Cabinet Saw
Contractor
Saw 1.75 HP
Professional Cabinet
Saw 3 HP
Professional Cabinet
Saw 1.75 HP

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  • Aside from the safety system's features, what makes SawStop saws better than
    other saws on the market?

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    Quality. SawStop saws were designed from the ground up to be the finest saws you can buy.

  • How long does it take to change from a standard brake to a dado brake?

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    The brake cartridge is a single unit that requires no tools to insert and remove. It's easy to change cartridges while you are changing blades, adding virtually no extra time to the task.

  • I have a table saw made by another company. Does SawStop sell a kit to retrofit their safety system into other table saws?

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    No. It is not economically practical to retrofit other manufacturers' table saws. The structural changes necessary to incorporate the safety system into another saw and the cost to have it installed would exceed the cost of a new saw.

  • Will cutting green or "wet" wood activate the SawStop safety system?

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    SawStop saws cut most wet wood without a problem. However, if the wood is very green or wet (for example, wet enough to spray a mist when cutting), or if the wood is both wet and pressure treated, then the wood may be sufficiently conductive to trigger the brake. Accordingly, the best practice is to dry wet or green wood before cutting by standing it inside and apart from other wood for about one day. You can also cut wet pressure treated wood and other conductive material by placing the saw in bypass mode to deactivate the safety system.

  • Can I cut conductive materials?

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    Yes. You can operate the saw in Bypass Mode which deactivates the safety system's braking feature, allowing you to cut aluminum and other known conductive materials. If you are unsure if material you need to cut is conductive, you can make test cuts using Bypass Mode to determine if it will activate the safety system's brake.

  • Can I use a SawStop saw in a humid environment?

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    SawStop saws work fine in humid environments and they cut most wet wood without a problem. However, if the wood is very green or wet (for example, wet enough to spray a mist when cutting), or if the wood is both wet and pressure treated, then the wood may be sufficiently conductive to trigger the brake. Accordingly, the best practice is to dry wet or green wood before cutting by standing it inside and apart from other wood for about one day. You can also cut wet pressure treated wood and other conductive material by placing the saw in bypass mode to deactivate the safety system.

  • What happens if the blade comes in contact with a nail or staple in the wood?

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    Generally, the safety system will not activate when a nail or staple is cut. Although conductive, these objects are not large enough to cause the safety system to activate unless they are grounded to the table or operator when they contact the blade.

  • What do I do if I activate the safety system's brake cartridge? What will it cost to reset the safety system? Does activation damage the saw?

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    If you activate the safety system's brake, you will need to replace the blade and replace the brake cartridge. Replacing the brake cartridge is simple and takes less than five minutes. A standard brake cartridge costs $69 and a dado brake cartridge $89. SawStop saws are designed to absorb the force of activation and are not damaged by it.

  • Can I use any 10" standard blade or 8" dado set with a SawStop saw?

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    Any standard steel blade with steel or carbide teeth can be used. You should not use non-conductive blades or blades with non-conductive hubs or teeth. They will prevent the SawStop safety system from applying the electrical signal on the blade that is required to sense skin contact. Steel blades and dado sets with a lacquer finish or other coating on the teeth should not be used as the coating may inhibit or slow the speed at which the safety system detects skin contact.

  • Can I use thin and thick kerf 10" blades with a SawStop saw?

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    The SawStop safety system is designed for use with standard 10" blades with kerfs from 3/32" to 3/16". Blades with kerfs much thinner than 3/32" should not be used because those blades might not be strong enough to withstand the force applied by the brake when it activates. As a result, those blades might deform and stop more slowly in the event of an accident, resulting in a more serious injury. Blades with kerfs much thicker than 3/16" are heavier than standard 1/8" kerf blades. Therefore, those blades should not be used because they may stop more slowly than standard blades in the event of an accident, resulting in a more serious injury. Similarly, stacks of 2 or more 10" blades should never be used on your SawStop saw as the combined weight of the blades may be too heavy to stop quickly. If you need to use a blade with a kerf thicker than 3/16", use an 8" dado set with the optional Sawstop 8" dado brake cartridge. The dado cartridge is designed for use with 8" dado sets up to 13/16" wide.

  • Can the blade be reused if the safety system brake is activated?

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    When the safety system activates, it will often damage one to two teeth on the blade. It is usually cost-effective to have high-quality blades repaired by a qualified blade sharpening service. However, less expensive blades should be discarded.



More Info



  • Fence and rails are required to be purchased with all saws.
  • The Industrial Cabinet Saws can only be sold and shipped within the state of North Carolina or within 100 miles radius of any of our NC stores or purchased and picked up at one of our NC store. Additional details: Fence and rails must also be purchased with a table saw.
  • With the exception of the Industrial Cabinet Saws all other SawStop Saws can be sold anywhere within the continental US. Additional details: Fence and rails must also be purchased.