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Re: Sawstop and Unifence
« Reply #20 on: December 08, 2018, 02:47:28 PM »
Accidentally setting it off would be liken unto getting a speeding ticket.  :-X  Not something that you would soon forget.  :o
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« Reply #21 on: December 08, 2018, 03:45:45 PM »
Security was a lot easier back then.  Three digits was enough.

We didn't need to watch out for computer viruses, fishing emails, pilfering mail boxes, oil minister scams.  The biggest challenge was keeping someone from listening in on the party line.

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Re: Sawstop and Unifence
« Reply #22 on: December 08, 2018, 04:42:28 PM »
I helped assemble a large number of woodworking machines in a new school shop a couple of years ago.  One of the machines I assembled was a Sawstop.  I can report the manual is clear, correct, and 10 times bigger than any of the other companies.  The parts fit and I was totally impressed with the quality.  It's also very well designed.  Again much better than other manufactures.

I have time using the Sawstop and it is every bit the equal of my well tuned Unisaw.  The Sawstop fence is perfectly adequate for most operations.  I use a Unifence and sometimes flip the fence down to use the low side.  I would miss that feature but could work around it with the Sawstop fence.

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Re: Sawstop and Unifence
« Reply #23 on: December 08, 2018, 05:40:05 PM »
Well, I wont be able to report on cutting wet lumber, because I wont be doing it.  I will be happy to report back on the saw in general.

Btulloh, I was reading your post trying to figure out how it applied to Sawstop.  Lol.

Larry, my Unifence did not have the original fence extrusion that could flipped like you describe, but. Im familiar with the benefit of that.  I had the Uni-t fence from peachtree woodworking.  I liked it.
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Re: Sawstop and Unifence
« Reply #24 on: December 09, 2018, 12:01:10 PM »
FFOTS, Is your saw a 12" model and what HP is it? thanks
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Re: Sawstop and Unifence
« Reply #25 on: December 09, 2018, 05:26:11 PM »
Sawstop only makes 10 saws.  Mine is 3hp.
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Re: Sawstop and Unifence
« Reply #26 on: January 17, 2019, 06:56:12 PM »
Firefighter how is it going with the new saw?  

Did you get one the dust collection attachments for the top side of the saw?

Did you get the 52" or 36" fence?

Been eye balling one for a while.  They have not had a price increase in about 10 years.  Prices going up 2/1.

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« Reply #27 on: January 17, 2019, 09:33:11 PM »
Im loving the saw.  No dust collection for the top of the saw for me.  Im usingnthe riving knife, but I wont use anything else on top.  I got the 36 fence because my shop is only 12 wide.  I rip a lot of 8 long material and so I have to have my saw oriented for that.  I heard the price was going to go up.  You better jump on it!  Its a great saw.  Ive been ripping a  lot of 6/4 white oak and its effortless with the 3hp and the Freud industrial rip blade I put on it.  You will not be disappointed.
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Re: Sawstop and Unifence
« Reply #28 on: January 17, 2019, 10:08:47 PM »
I just purchased a Saw Stop have it together but need to have it connected to the dust system and electric. Looks like a well built saw, can't wait to use it.
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Re: Sawstop and Unifence
« Reply #29 on: January 17, 2019, 10:59:05 PM »
Thanks for feedback. I have not heard anything bad about them. 

I understand the dado requires a unique brake and you can't run molding heads but I'd use a router for those or may keep my old saw for the dado head.

I was looking at a local Woodcrafters today.  The price is the same as on line but no shipping costs from Woodcrafters.  They mentioned the price increase.  Later while on the SawStop website and texting with one of the customer service folk I asked about the price increase.  It will be $150 for the 3hp Professional saw.  Each of the bases will go up $50 and each of the topside dust collectors will go up $50.  I believe the brake will go up $10.

Yeah could be a thing for me.

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« Reply #30 on: January 18, 2019, 08:57:36 AM »
Yes, you have to buy the brake made for dado sets.  The brake is bigger to be able to reach the 8 blade of the dado and its wider to accommodate the width of a dado set.  I used my dado brake for the first time a few days ago.  Pretty easy to swap out.  You have to set the distance between the brake and blade to the appropriate distance.  Something like 3/32.  I researched many options for getting my saw.  When you factor in price, tax and shipping the total for the saw comes out almost the same no matter where you get it.  No tax online, but then you pay shipping or a handling fee.  I decided to get it from a small business in the St. Louis area instead of supporting big business.
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Re: Sawstop and Unifence
« Reply #31 on: January 18, 2019, 09:13:57 AM »
The dado brake will also allow you to run 7 1/4" blades. I wouldn't count on it saving your finger (distance from blade to brake is quite large) but it will at least allow the machine to run with the small blade.

I used this when ripping cedar strips for canoes. When you're cutting 3/16" strips it hurts to lose 1/8" to the blade with every cut. The 7 1/4" blades are more like 1/16"

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Re: Sawstop and Unifence
« Reply #32 on: January 18, 2019, 12:59:52 PM »
Thanks guys! Great feedback.

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Re: Sawstop and Unifence
« Reply #33 on: January 18, 2019, 03:19:06 PM »
The dado brake will also allow you to run 7 1/4" blades. I wouldn't count on it saving your finger (distance from blade to brake is quite large) but it will at least allow the machine to run with the small blade.

Alan
I should add a qualifier that it worked on my machine with my 7 1/4" blades (nothing special, just off the shelf cheap hardware blades). When I did some research online before trying it I found a couple other guys who had tried it and could not get it to work.
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Re: Sawstop and Unifence
« Reply #34 on: January 19, 2019, 08:42:06 PM »
I am a believer.  I have had my 1.75 hp Sawstop for about 7 or 8 yeas and it has operated flawlessly.  Knock on wood, I have not tripped a brake yet.  If I am cutting treated lumber, I always use the bypass mode. 
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