How does the SawStop safety system work?
You can find an explanation of the safety system’s operation as well as watch a brief video of the safety system in action here.
Will cutting green or “wet” wood activate the SawStop safety system?
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 activate the brake. If you are unsure whether the 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. The red light on the control box will flash to indicate conductivity. If the material is conductive, you can choose to operate the saw in Bypass Mode which will disengage the saw’s safety system’s brake feature and allow you to continue cutting the material.
Can I get a serious injury using a SawStop saw?
In the vast majority of cases, coming in contact with the spinning blade will result in a minor cut. However, if your hand moves into the blade at very high speed, it is possible for you to receive a serious injury.
Do I need to be grounded for the safety system to work?
No. The SawStop safety system is designed to activate when the spinning blade contacts your body regardless of whether you are grounded.
How can I be certain the safety system is working?
The SawStop safety system continuously performs many self-checks to ensure the components of the safety system are working properly. The safety system will not allow the motor to start (or to remain running) unless every component of the safety system is working properly.
What if I am wearing gloves when cutting? Will the safety system still work?
The SawStop safety system will protect you even if you are wearing gloves. In that case, the system will trigger when the blade cuts through the glove and touches your skin. It is possible that the blade could snag on the glove and pull your hand into the blade, resulting in a slightly deeper cut. That is why SawStop recommends not wearing gloves when using a SawStop saw. However, if you decide to wear gloves, you are still protected.
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?
If you activate the safety system’s brake, you will need to replace the brake cartridge and evaluate the condition of the blade for future use. Replacing the brake cartridge is simple and can take as little as 90 seconds to complete. A standard brake cartridge costs $95 USD and a dado brake cartridge $115 USD. SawStop saws are designed to absorb the force of activation and are not damaged by it.
Do I need to use a blade guard with a SawStop saw?
Yes. SawStop strongly recommends that you use a blade guard whenever possible.
Can I cut conductive materials?
Yes. You can operate the saw in Bypass Mode which deactivates the safety system’s braking feature, allowing you to cut aluminum, very wet/green wood (see above) and other known conductive materials. If you are unsure whether the 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. The red light on the control box will flash to indicate conductivity. If the material is conductive, you can choose to operate the saw in Bypass Mode which will disengage the saw’s safety system’s brake feature and allow you to continue cutting the material.
Is there a way to check if a material is conductive before I cut?
If you are unsure whether the 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. The red light on the control box will flash to indicate conductivity. If the material is conductive, you can choose to operate the saw in Bypass Mode which will disengage the saw’s safety system’s brake feature and allow you to continue cutting the material.
Can I use a SawStop saw in a humid environment?
SawStop saws work well in humid environments.
What happens if the blade comes in contact with a nail or staple in the wood?
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.
How long does it take to change from a standard brake to a dado brake cartridge?
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. To see how to change an activated cartridge, Click Here to check out our Video Vault. Select the video named “Replacing Your SawStop Cartridge is Simple.”
Can the blade be reused if the safety system brake is activated?
When the safety system activates, it will sometimes damage one or more teeth on the blade. Some users discard and replace the blade, while others choose to have their blades inspected/repaired by a qualified specialist.
I have a table saw made by another company. Do you sell a kit to retrofit your safety system into other table saws?
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 the brake respond during coast down?
Yes, if you are using the red paddle to turn the blade on/off, the brake is still actively monitoring the coast down rotation. The yellow power switch is what powers the cartridge to begin monitoring the blade, so as long as that remains on, the cartridge will activate during coast down.
Can I use a SawStop in cold environments?
Cold ambient temperatures should not affect your saw mechanics. However, your saw’s brake cartridge contains “computer-like” parts that can be affected by extreme cold. If the cartridge is stored in temperatures well below freezing, the saw won’t turn on until the cartridge warms up. If you are in an extremely cold climate, we recommend removing the cartridge (which you can do with the blade in place) and storing it above freezing. Alternatively, some customers choose to leave the yellow “hard” power switch on all the time. This provides just enough heat to the cartridge to help ensure startup in spite of extreme ambient cold.
What type of fence comes with a SawStop saw?
SawStop’s T-Glide Fence is a T-style fence that is well-known for accuracy and dependability. The Professional and Industrial Cabinet Saws and the Contractor Saw are all available with 36” & 52” rip capacities, each with a T-Glide Fence. The Professional Cabinet Saw’s 30” rip capacity includes the Premium Fence, a smooth-gliding T-style aluminum fence. The Contractor Saw’s 30” rip capacity choice includes a 30” Standard Fence Assembly that locks on both the front and rear rail. The Jobsite Saw includes a Jobsite T-Glide, a field-weight aluminum T-style fence.
Your saws include a riving knife. What is a riving knife?
The riving knife is an important safety feature that substantially reduces the chance of kick-back. The riving knife functions similar to a spreader on a blade guard assembly. The difference is that the riving knife does not extend above the top of the blade. Therefore, the riving knife can be used when making non-through cuts and other cuts where the blade guard cannot be used.
I’m replacing a 12″ table saw. Does SawStop offer a 12″ cabinet saw?
No. Some users require 12” saws for depth of cut. However, most operators are simply seeking a heavy weight and powerful tool. The Industrial Cabinet Saw is the heaviest weight 10” saw on the market, and the most powerful. Most find that this suits their needs well, and choose to replace their 12” saw with a SawStop.
Aside from the safety system’s features, what makes SawStop saws better than other saws on the market?
Quality. SawStop saws were designed from the ground up to be the best saws you can buy. Read what customers that use the SawStop cabinet saw every day have to say about its quality and safety system by clicking here.
What are the weight and dimensions of the Contractor saw?
The Contractor Saw will be delivered in multiple packages. The heaviest box contains the saw body. The box dimensions are 35”L x 30”W x 20”H and it weighs about 205 lbs. Our 36” and/or 52” T-Glide fence/rails assemblies will come in three additional boxes with varying weights of 25 lbs. to 66 lbs., with the longest box (containing the rails) measuring in at no more than 66”.
What are the dimensions of the Professional Cabinet Saw?
The Professional Cabinet Saw will be delivered in multiple packages. The heaviest box will be the one containing the saw body. The dimensions of that box are 31”L x 42”W x 30”H, and it weighs about 375 – 400 lbs. depending on whether you get our 1.75hp or 3hp motor. The box can be lightened by about 80 lb. if you open the box and take out the two cast iron wings.
The table top of the saw is 20”W x 27”D, which allows this saw to fit through most doors. However, you’ll need to be careful when attempting to maneuver this box through your door. Tilting it on the wrong side could result in damaging some of the smaller parts.
Many choose to get the help of a couple friends, and they unbox the saw body and wheel it through the door on a hand truck or furniture dolly.
Does the 36” Professional Cabinet Saw include a filler table for the inline, between the rails, set up?
Our inline router table was engineered to fit between the T-Glide rails at the right side of your Professional Cabinet Saw. To install, you will remove the wood extension table that came with your saw then insert your router table at the end. This will leave a gap between your right cast iron wing and router table. You can either cut down the wood extension table to the size of the gap or purchase one of our filler tables. Part number RT-ICW will fill in the gap for the 36” Professional Saw Packages. RT-ICW is the only filler table that provides a full cast iron surface.
Does the 52” Professional Cabinet Saw include a filler table for the inline, between the rails, set up?
Our inline router table was engineered to fit between the T-Glide rails at the right side of your Professional Cabinet Saw. To install, you will remove the wood extension table that came with your saw then insert your router table at the end. This will leave a gap between your right cast iron wing and router table. You can either cut down the wood extension table to the size of the gap or purchase one of our filler tables. Part number TGP2-T36A will fill in the gap for the 52” Professional Saw Packages.
Does the 52” Industrial Cabinet Saw include a filler table for the inline, between the rails, set up?
Our inline router table was engineered to fit between the T-Glide rails at the right side of your Industrial Cabinet Saw. To install, you will remove the wood extension table that came with your saw then insert your router table at the end. This will leave a gap between your right cast iron wing and router table. You can either cut down the wood extension table to the size of the gap or purchase the filler table available for that set up. Part number TGI2-T36A will fill in the gap for the 52” Industrial Saw Packages.
Does the 36” Industrial Cabinet Saw include a filler table for the inline, between the rails, set up?
Our inline router table was engineered to fit between the T-Glide rails at the right side of your Industrial Cabinet Saw. To install, you will remove the wood extension table that came with your saw then insert your router table at the end. This will leave a gap between your right cast iron wing and router table. Unfortunately, we do not have a filler table solution, so you would either cut down the wood extension table or manufacture your own solution.
Does the Contractor Saw include a filler table for the inline, between the rails, set up?
Our inline router table (RT-TGP) was engineered to fit between the T-Glide rails at the right side of your Contractor Saw. To install, you will remove the wood extension table that came with your saw then insert your router table at the end. This will leave a gap between your right stamped steel/cast iron wing and router table. Unfortunately, we do not have a filler table solution, so you would either cut down the wood extension table or manufacture your own solution. An important caveat to mention is our router table is not compatible with the mobile base for this saw.
What type of motors come on your saws?
All SawStop cast-iron saws use induction motors for maximum durability and power delivery. Our Jobsite Saw features a universal motor for weight savings. Our Compact Table saw has a universal, direct drive motor.
What breaker size do you recommend for your saws?
We recommend installing a breaker 5 – 10A over the listed amperage for your intended saw (Ex: A saw rated at 13A should do fine with a 20A breaker). The amperages of our saws are listed in our brochures and on our website (in the Specifications list under Products/Model). We always recommend consulting an electrician for the best results.
Can I rewire my 1.75hp saw to work on 220v?
Yes, you can re-wire your 1.75 hp saw working on 110v to work on 220v with a new contactor box. The part needed can be ordered from our online store at www.sawstop.com/parts. The instructions to do this conversion can be found in your owner’s manual under “Re-wiring your saw”. Please keep in mind that this does not increase horsepower, but instead makes the draw more efficient.
What is a High/Low Fence?
The high/low fence comes on the Jobsite Saw Pro. It provides an additional level of safety while performing cuts close to the saw blade, such as thin rips and small parts, by providing additional clearance from the standard fence face.
Will SawStop saws run on 208V power?
All cabinet saws purchased with a 230V motor will accommodate 208V power. The Contractor Saw and 1.75 Professional Cabinet Saw are pre-wired for 115V power but can be re-wired for 220-240V power, which will accept 208V power. The Jobsite Saw and Compact Table Saw will not run on 208V power.
The power switch for the router table is 110v, does it need its own power source?
Yes, it comes with its own 110v plug.
Does a SawStop saw include a power cord?
The Industrial Cabinet Saw does not include a power cord, and must be permanently connected to the building electrical system in accordance with National Electric Code. Consult a licensed electrician if you are unsure how to properly connect the saw to your building’s electrical system. Your SawStop dealer may provide electrical hookup service.
The 3HP Professional Cabinet Saw does come with a power cord; it is a NEMA – 6-15 and is 9 feet long. This is a very common cord that can be easily replaced. There are instructions in the manual providing basic instructions on how to do this. The 1.75HP Professional Cabinet Saw, Contractor Saw, Jobsite Saw and Compact Table Saw all come with standard power cords.
Do you offer a mobile base for your saws?
Yes. The Jobsite Pro Saw #JSS-120A60 includes a mobile cart in the saw box. The Industrial and Professional Cabinet Saws, as well as the Contractor Saw, each offer optional mobile bases. The Compact Table Saw offers an optional stand, but not a mobile base. See our Build & Price tool to view all saw options and images.
Does SawStop sell a router?
SawStop does not offer a router. Our RT-LFT router lift accommodates the most common stationary routers on the market in the US and Canada. The lift does not support plunge routers.
Do you have more precise measurements for the opening on the Router Tables?
- Length (Front to Back)= 235.4mm +.25mm/-0.0mm
- Width (Left to Right) = 298.65mm +0.25mm/-0.0mm
- Corner Radius = 19mm +/- 0.3mm
- Cast Iron Recess Depth = 12mm +0.1mm/-0.0mm
- Phenolic Recess Depth is 11.4mm
What are the main differences between the TSA-SA48 and the TSA-SA70?
The Large Sliding Table (TSA-SA70) was engineered with a focus on Industrial Woodworkers who are looking to cut down a high volume of larger, heavy sheet-goods (Maximum crosscut capacity 70”).
The Sliding Crosscut Table (TSA-SA48) is designed for smaller, more precise crosscuts. While it can accommodate large sheets, it is not designed for higher volume sheet good cuts. (Maximum crosscut capacity 48”).
Can I use a mobile base with my inline router table?
The In-Line Router Table configurations are compatible only with the Industrial Mobile Base. The Contractor Saw’s mobile base is not compatible with the In-Line Router Table.
What router is suggested for use in the SawStop Router Lift?
Router diameter designed to fit 3.25”, 3.5”, or between 4.0”-4.2” routers. If the router is significantly smaller than the diameter of the clamp, use the router reducer collar so the clamp can hold the router more securely. Reducer collars come in 3.5” and 3.25”. We don’t have a recommended router, but hope these specifications will provide what you need.
Is dust collection available on the Router Tables?
There is a dust port integrated into the router table fence – with a 2 ½” port – as well as an optional dust collection box with a 2 ½” inlet port for the fence dust tube, and a 4” outlet port for below-table collection.
What is the plate opening size of in the Router Tables?
The router lift plate opening is a standard 9.25” x 11.75”. If you choose, you can provide your own router lift solution to fit that size. Standard Woodpecker and JessEm American lifts fit our table. Standard American size vs European size, which is different. Rockler Bench Dog does NOT fit as it is a proprietary size. They may be changing this in the future, but as of now, it will not work with ours.
Are reducer collars available?
Yes. Reducer Collars are included in the box with the RT-LFT router lift.
Does SawStop make a sliding table saw?
No. However, SawStop offers a Sliding Crosscut Table attachment and a Large Sliding Table. They are engineered to fit most SawStop cast-iron saw configurations. Learn more here.
Are the rails on my current saw router table ready?
Newer rails will be router table ready, but to be absolutely sure if your rails are router table ready, you can review the requirements found at the appropriate links below.
For Professional Cabinet Saw Owners
For Industrial Cabinet Saw Owners
What router is suggested for use in the SawStop Router Lift?
We do not have a specific router to recommend, but whichever router you choose, the diameter should fit the following specs: 3.25”, 3.5”, or between 4.0”-4.2” routers. If the router is significantly smaller than the diameter of the clamp, use the router reducer collar so the clamp can hold the router more securely. Reducer collars come in 3.5” and 3.25”.
Can the extension table be modified to accommodate a router table?
Over the years, many customers have modified their rails and tables to accommodate a router, with varying results. We do not recommend modifying your extension table. In fact, in response to overwhelming customer requests, we now have engineered a new line of router table solutions custom-designed for SawStop cast iron saws. Information on our Router Line and available accessories is found here.
What’s the difference between the two mobile bases for the Professional Saw (MB-PCS-000 and MB-PCS-IND)?
The Industrial Mobile Base (MB-PCS-IND) has 4 casters that spin, making it simple to move in any direction. It is also rated up to 1000 lb. and therefore compatible with our larger accessories such as the Inline Router Table and Floating Dust Guard.
The Integrated Mobile Base (MB-PCS-000) has only 2 casters that spin, and 2 fixed wheels, similar to a shopping cart. It’s a great solution for moving the Professional Cabinet Saw in any of its more standard configuration setups.
Can I remove the left cast wing on my saw and mount an inline router table?
No. Left install of the router table requires the left wing. This is true for all SawStop cast iron saws.
Can I mount the inline router table to the right cast wing?
No. The mounting holes do not line up.
What is the overall footprint of the TSA-SA70?
TSA-SA70 has an overall footprint of 68” x 112”. The actual sliding table dimensions are 30” x 30.7”.
What is the overall footprint of the TSA-SA48?
TSA-SA48 has an overall footprint with the miter fence extended of 47” x 40 ½” and with the fence retracted of 47” x 23 ¼”. The actual sliding table top dimensions are 47” x 18”. Please keep in mind these measurements are for the accessory itself and not a measurement from the blade.
What are the main differences between the Overarm Dust Collection (TSA-ODC) and the Floating Dust Collection (TSG-FDC)?
There are a few key differences that separate the TSA-ODC Overarm Dust Collection and the TSG-FDC Floating Dust Collection Guard. Here are the most important ones:
- The TSA-ODC is an assembly of tubing and fittings that connect to the TSG-DC Guard. The TSG-FDC is a combination of guard, tubing and fittings that does not connect to the TSG-DC guard.
- The TSA-ODC has narrow-diameter tubing for high-velocity, low CFM extraction, and connects to the 4” port at the back of your cabinet saw. The TSG-FDC has wide-diameter (3” to 4” steel) tubing for mid-velocity high CFM extraction, and requires its own 4” connection to the right of your saw’s extension table.
- The TSG-DC guard (required to use the TSA-ODC) is splitter-mounted to the saw trunnion. The TSG-FDC floats above the table, with no splitter mount. This enables the user to keep the guard in place for non-through cuts (dado, etc), and to swing the entire guard/tube assembly clear of the saw table when necessary.
- The height of the TSG-FDC guard above the table/workpiece must be adjusted by the user, while the TSG-DC guard dynamically adjusts to each workpiece, helping to keep the blade guarded and optimizing dust collection.
How do the Overarm Dust Collection (TSA-ODC) and the Floating Dust Collection (TSG-FDC) dust collection capabilities compare?
If your first priority is dust collection, we recommend the TSG-DC (dust collection blade guard) with our TSA-ODC (overarm dust collection); which will add at least 100 CFM to the recommended saw CFM.
If you are looking for a more versatile workspace while maintaining guarding and dust collection in non-through cuts, we recommend the TSG-FDC (floating dust collection guard). The height of the TSG-FDC guard above the table/workpiece must be adjusted by the user, while the TSG-DC guard dynamically adjusts to each workpiece, helping to keep the blade guarded and optimizing dust collection.
Because of the open guard shell design, the TSG-FDC will require much more CFM to achieve a similar result (at least 400 CFM at the point of collection). With our TSG-DC and TSA-ODC in place on a SawStop cabinet saw, you should achieve 99% dust collection. The TSG-FDC dust collection efficiency has not been tested for a percentage and is highly dependent on proper guard height and CFM.
Does my aftermarket accessory work with SawStop saws?
There are many different accessory choices on the market, each with its own installation and modification requirements. We do not test the many other-brand aftermarket items, and therefore do not have the information required to provide a response.
The manufacturer of the product you are interested in is likely to have tested to have the most reliable information related to fit-up and is likely the best place to start. If our saw specifications will help you research your options, you can find them on each saw’s product detail page on SawStop.com.
Can I make dado cuts?
Yes. SawStop saws support 8” dado stacks for the JSS Pro, Contractor Saws, Professional Cabinet Saws, and the Industrial Cabinet Saws. 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 purchase a zero-clearance insert for your dado stack.
Can I use any 10″ standard blade or 8″ dado set with a SawStop saw?
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 (example: diamond blades). 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. However, most coated blades do not cover the blade teeth. Those blades may be used on SawStop saws. Further, blades with depth-limiting shoulders may take longer to stop in the event of an accident than standard blades, and you could receive a more serious injury. Therefore, SawStop recommends using blades without depth-limiting shoulders.
SawStop recommends only using 8” stacked dado sets, with a maximum thickness of 29/32”. “Wobble” dado sets are not recommended, as they may not engage correctly with the dado brake cartridge. Do not use dado sets with solid-plate interior chippers or blades with molding heads, as neither brake cartridge is designed to stop those blade types.
What if my blades are not precisely 10” (or 8” dado stack)?
The vast majority of commercially-available blades are accurate to their advertised diameter, and work well in SawStop saws. If your blade is larger or smaller than the advertised size, SawStop cast-iron saws allow for some adjustability of the blade/brake gap to accommodate. Jobsite Saw blade/brake gap is not adjustable, so users should not operate blades more than 1/16th inch diameter over the specified blade size. Never use a blade that does not “clear” the aluminum brake pawl.
Can I use thin and thick kerf 10″ blades with a SawStop saw?
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 cartridge. The dado cartridge is designed for use with 8” dado sets up to 13/16” wide.
Can I use blades that are coated or have coated teeth?
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. However, most coated blades do not cover the blade teeth. Those blades may be used on SawStop saws.
Where can I find pricing for your products?
Check out the Build and Price feature and price out the saw that fits your needs.
I live outside of the United States. Can I buy a SawStop machine?
SawStop products are available for purchase in the following regions:
- North America: US, Canada
- Asia: China, Mongolia, South Korea, and Taiwan
- Central/South America: Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, and Ecuador.
- Australia, New Zealand
- Middle East: Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Qatar, and Bahrain
- South Africa
SawStop saws should never be taken out of the country in which they are purchased as this could compromise the operation of the saw and will void all warranties.
Where can I find replacement parts for my SawStop saw?
Replacement parts for your saw can be attained at your local dealer or online at our parts store.
Where is SawStop Manufactured?
Our saws are engineered in the US and built in Taiwan. Our cartridges are programmed at our Oregon headquarters. To ensure that our rigorous standards are met, we employ a team of manufacturing engineers in Taiwan who work directly with the manufacturing facilities and key vendors to monitor for quality. The facilities where SawStop saws are assembled are ISO 9001 certified. Our engineers oversee the inspection of component parts prior to final saw assembly, assess assembly procedures for consistency with SawStop requirements, and evaluate final production prior to shipment. Every SawStop saw must pass a 100+ point comprehensive inspection.