Sawstop

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Model of saw: PCS31230-TGP236

Manual: link to google drive

Training Videos

SawStop Safety System

These are the relevant new steps involving the safety system. Make sure you watch these!

Table Saw Basics

Everyone should watch these! Even if you're a seasoned wood worker, a brief refresher on proper safety is never a bad thing.

Maintenance and Adjustments

More Videos


October 2018 Introductory Training

Specific Reminders

  • You trip the brake you buy it. If the blade was the shop’s you will pay to replace that. Brake cartridges are $75, and blades are generally $40-60.
  • Don’t slam the fence into the blade while spinning down. Do not cut the fence. This keeps happening with every saw, and there’s no good reason. If you marr the fence, you’re buying a replacement.
  • Use the appropriate support for the cut you’re doing: use the fence for ripping, and the sled or miter gauge for crosscutting. NEVER USE BOTH. There is a high chance of the piece jamming between the blade and both of those.
  • Check your materials if you’re not sure if they’re conductive. Either touch it against the blade while not spinning or make a cut in Bypass mode and see if it would have triggered the brake.
  • Just because this is a “safer” saw does not mean it cannot hurt you. Treat it the same.
  • Don’t be stupid

Conductive Material you Cannot Cut unless in Bypass Mode

  • wet wood above a certain moisture content
  • pressure-treated wood
  • metal-backed foam
  • aluminum and other metals
  • carbon fiber materials
  • mirrored acrylic
  • carbon-filled materials

Potential Mistakes

  • Moving/Working too fast. This can cause damage to our equipment. Safe practice is slow.
  • Touching tape measure against the blade while it spins down. This will trigger the brake.
  • Cutting wet wood. This will trigger the brake.
  • Pulling too hard on the main switch. This can damage the switch.
  • Contacting the blade with your hand, including when the saw is off but the blade is still moving. This will trigger the brake.

Check This Every Time

  • When changing a blade: use the yellow gap checker and adjust brake spacing if necessary
  • When cutting anything other than plywood or kiln dried lumber: check to see if it will trigger the brake system before cutting.
  • Check for staples and nails
  • Check the blade that is on there, make sure it is appropriate for your cut (ripping or crosscutting)


(Not yet created) Training Quiz

Before you are allowed to use this tool, you must take this quiz (coming soon) and receive approval from Resource Managers for this tool.

Rules to be posted up on the saw

  • Do not operate until you have gotten training on this tool
  • If you trigger the $75 brake, you pay for it and the ruined blade*
  • Check before you cut! If your wood is anything other than kiln-dried lumber, check to see it will not trip the brake.
  • If your material is conductive, disable the brake system. You should be trained on how to do this and where the key is kept.