The first table saws were designed in the late 1800’s. The core design of most of today’s table saws was born in the 1950’s. Over the past 60 years, companies build saws by looking at the competition and selecting already-created components to cobble together a complete tool.
SawStop saws are different.
Each SawStop model is designed and engineered by woodworkers, for woodworkers. We take advantage of the freedom, and take on the obligation, to make a different and better tool. Our engineers avoid off-the-shelf components and old designs in favor of practical innovation.
Our engineers know that the right materials, whether cast-iron or steel, are just as important as advanced technology. And the right time to use advanced electronics is when they improve the experience of the operator, never for an advertising gimmick.
All we make are table saws. Table saws are what we think about over our morning coffee, and what we talk about on our lunch breaks.
Welcome to our obsession.
No one likes to compromise. Certainly, when SawStop set out in 2004 to build the first SawStop Cabinet Saw, compromise was an unacceptable notion. Just as there could be no doubt that the saw’s legendary safety system would respond to contact in less than 5 milliseconds, there could be no doubt of the strength and durability of this new saw. Debuting a new saw to a crowded market of long-time favorite saw brands would be a challenge. SawStop had to bring our best.
We brought cast iron, steel and a stubborn dedication to ideas like heavier. Thicker gauge. Most rigidity. Least deflection. The result of more cast-iron and steel was the heaviest weight, most powerful 10” table saw on the market. Today, more than a decade later, the Industrial Cabinet Saw still holds that honor.
The same dedication to quality materials has been brought to each saw that followed: Professional, Contractor, and Jobsite. SawStop accessories enjoy the same materials focus. The Sliding Crosscut Table, for example, is built from 6061 T-6 aluminum. That’s aircraft-grade. Why? Because that’s what we’d want in our tools. We figured our customers would want the same.
SawStop’s focus on practical innovation, combined with our obsession for using the highest grade materials, produces saws unlike any before experienced by woodworkers. The ideas seem simple to most, and innovation and quality claims are easy to make. Discerning craftspeople need proof.
The proof is in each saw we build.
Find proof in our Cabinet Saws: A heavy-weight trunnion unlike any on the market, with the thickest arbors of any 10” saws. True vertical trunnion travel, with gas-piston assist for ease of operation. Durable, open gearing for minimal dust compaction and easy operation. Quiet and true poly V-ribbed belts for sure power transfer with minimal vibration. Proven 99% dust extraction, achieved through shaping the blade’s created turbulence.
Find proof in our Contractor Saw, featuring cast-iron durability coupled with the most configuration options of any SawStop saw.
Find proof in our Jobsite Saw, featuring One-Turn elevation, a weight balanced trunnion, a true t-style fence, and SawStop safety in a rugged design built for the work site.
Find proof in the tens of thousands of SawStop operators who say theirs are the best table saws ever built. And then, perhaps, find proof of your own at a dealer near you.
Our engineers and builders have every intention of creating the finest table saw, from design and materials to assembly and ultimate functionality. However, intention is not enough. We trust that the SawStop team is the best out there.
And then we verify, and verify again.
During the build process, our experts are continuously verifying that each component is built to specifications and assembled with SawStop’s stringent tolerances. Prior to shipment, batch inspections are conducted to help avoid unacceptable variations in each saw.
Finally, expert SawStop personnel in our Tualatin warehouse conduct randomized lot inspections. Confession time: at each of these steps, we sometimes find things that need fixing. We find imperfect saws, with imperfect components. But as long as our team is doing their job, you’ll never know what we found, because we never shipped it.
We engineer, build, and inspect for quality, so you can cut with confidence.
You make the decision, and bring home a new SawStop saw. Now it’s time to build something. But first, you need to assemble the saw.
With every other big tool (or Ikea furniture) you’ve purchased, assembly likely means a nightmarish struggle with arcane instructions translated from another language, coupled with one big bag of jumbled bolts and parts. Yeah, we hate that too.
Your SawStop is different. Discover meticulously-crafted step-by-step instructions, written by our engineers in Tualatin, Oregon. With saws like the Professional Cabinet Saw (pictured), find the powerful paring of color-coded posters and color-coded blister packs. Step 1 on the poster equals Step 1 on the blister pack. Just the hardware you need for the step you’re on. It’s simple, really. But last time we checked, we’re the only ones going to the trouble.
The extra effort makes a difference to us. We think it makes a difference to you, too.
Ready to make music? Like any good instrument, the craftsperson must be able to tune their table saw to their exacting requirements. Each SawStop saw is engineered and built with adjustability in mind. The results? Precision cuts. Satisfied smiles. Beautiful creations.
New-in-box each SawStop saw is likely to be perfectly aligned and tuned for maximum performance. But should you need to align the blade, pivot-axis designs enable adjustment with the turn of a single bolt. Tuning a T-Glide fence? Multiple bolts along the fence tube allow for infinite adjustment. Because it’s not just about accuracy. Sometimes, you just want your saw, the center of your workshop, to feel right.
Call us at 866-SawStop today, and discover the many ways to tune your new SawStop saw.
At every step of our process, we work hard to deliver high quality, durable, and reliable table saws. However, we know that sometimes things go wrong. What happens then?
For some companies, the answer to that question is a combination of one-size-fits-all online FAQ’s and outsourced and off-shored phone support.
Our answer to that question begins at our headquarters in Tualatin, Oregon. Here, a team of long-time SawStop experts answer the phones, emails and website live-chats. The Tech Service department works out of a bullpen desk layout, where the team pools their knowledge to deliver customers the best answer. Wireless headsets are a must, as technicians frequently walk through a door to their shop, where each model saw is waiting for quick visual reference.
When you choose SawStop, you choose a promise of quality. It’s our job to keep that promise.
Many SawStop owners mention their surprise at the quality of our table saws.
Why are our saws surprising? While our safety system is unparalleled and groundbreaking, our engineering, materials, build quality and support are not the result of a secret and unrepeatable process. Manufacturers throughout the tool industry could take similar steps, and see better results. But they don’t take those steps. It turns out that quality saws are hard work.
We work hard at every step, focused on giving our customers a better experience. For us, our focus begins with SawStop safety. This company is here because our saws will look out for you. It only makes sense that we deliver on all the ways we can take care of you. It makes sense that each one of our team members would want to ensure you are thrilled with your saw.
We are a privately owned company. All we make are table saws. We take pride in our work, so you can take pride in yours. Give us a call. Stop in a store. Ask a friend. Give SawStop a try. You deserve a table saw built with this much care. It’s your turn.