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Scott Gibson Member


Just curious....If your shop has a Saw Stop, have you had any problems with it? Since we put our 3 phase,5 hp into production 4 years ago, we had to replace the capacitor three times, the motor twice, the switch box twice and all of the electrical controls once, now maybe again for the electrical controls. Great saw....when it isn't down waiting on parts.

12/19/18       #3: Saw Stop ...

Tell Chris to keep his fingers out of it.

12/19/18       #4: Saw Stop ...
Scott Gibson Member

I'll relay the message to Chris!

Update....Saw Stop sending out a new motor...again.

12/20/18       #5: Saw Stop ...

That's absurd.

I've had a couple of motors(cheap asian), four starting capacitors, and a couple of magnetic switches go bad in my career(20 years).

I'd ask for all of my money back. Send him an electricians bill for changing all the junk.

How can anyone justify that many problems?

Or you could admit to him that you are cutting aluminum on the saw daily.

12/20/18       #6: Saw Stop ...
james e mcgrew Member


Mine has done well, i think we did one switch

12/20/18       #7: Saw Stop ...

We keep 2 setup in the shop. We got about 10 years out of one used a couple hours everyday until we got tired of putting money into it and sawstop couldn't tell us what was wrong. We replaced it with a new one with zero problems. I think the second one is about 10 years old now and it has had one switch.

12/20/18       #8: Saw Stop ...

No issues so far but it's only been installed for a year or so.

12/20/18       #9: Saw Stop ...

There would be 100,000's of Powermatic 66 & Unisaws that have been used for decades with little to no maintenance. Change the belts & bearings after much use. Maybe change the starting capacitor.

How many times have those saws done the Stop?

12/20/18       #10: Saw Stop ...
james e mcgrew Member


I have replaced two motors each and one arbor in my unisaws in 10 years, If you use them they will need something, They may be good but not Bullet proof,

12/21/18       #11: Saw Stop ...

I have 5 saws between two shops over the past 15 or so years since they came out. We have a new motor on one of them and have changed start and run capacitors on one other one. They are definitely a great saw but I think at the very least they have problems with their start up mechanism and capacitors. All of our machines are single phase 5 hp.
These saws have saved at least 3 accidents that may have been major and cost several thousand dollars in medical expenses.
Oh, and by the way they have never charged me for capacitors and their support is second to none.
I would buy them again for sure.

12/21/18       #12: Saw Stop ...
james e mcgrew Member


We have had two Fingers saved, The Sawstops are worth every bit of a little love

12/21/18       #13: Saw Stop ...

A couple of things, first have you had your power system checked? With that many problems maybe you are having some huge fluctuations in your power supply to cause the problems, sounds like a lot of issues.
Secondly I am all about safety and the thought of everyone going home at the end of the day with no injuries is very important.
I am however not a huge fan of a sawstop saw and would never buy one as I think they are way over priced. I will for sure never buy one after reading this post with all the problems. I think they have their place, they would be good in a wood shop in a school or maybe for the Home handy man/weekend warrior. I believe in a woodworking shop people are more careless when they are using a sawstop. You need to be taught proper safety and technique for all machines in the shop.
Anyways just my 2 cents.

12/21/18       #14: Saw Stop ...
james e mcgrew Member


Curt is a 30 year Veteran of some of the best woodwork done over many years with Southern Architectural, Specialty, Peralta, along with hundreds and thousands of First Class Best quality work jobs in his Career,

But the Best day with Him I will ever remember is the day he looked up at me with a big (Rare) Sh!t Eating Grin and said "Man thanks for buying that saw"

Not sure i would exclude myself from "It will not happen to me" But i will keep those who do in my Prayers.

Mind you I split my thumb in half twice over 364 days, It was at that point I bought a CNC and went to Saw Stop.

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12/21/18       #15: Saw Stop ...

We have ran ours for 5 years no problems.

12/22/18       #16: Saw Stop ...
Family Man

4 years and no problems at all. I love it.

12/27/18       #17: Saw Stop ...
Dan drb woodworks

I got one for the shop since a friend of mine started selling them about 4 years ago.
We have replaced a motor , then switches ,and two times start capacitors exploded .and the new motor they sent the fan broke apart after a few hours

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