I tripped my Sawstop brake.

Posted: June 5, 2018 in Uncategorized

Well I’ve had my Sawstop Jobsite saw for a year and a half.  Until a week ago or so, I had never tripped the brake.  Well that all changed.  I was sawing some new fence boards in half length wise.  I had sawed quite a few.  I grabbed one board and the second it touched the blade, there was a pop.  I instantly knew what had happened.


when I looked at the piece of wood.  Right at the point where the blade made contact, there was a significant wet spot.  Obviously this was something I knew might happen when I bought the Sawstop, but I still think it is worth it.  Here’s my post about why I bought a SawStop.

Anyway, so now I need to swap the cartridge.

I bought a new on at Rockler:



Anyway. I had many more ways I would rather have spent $70, but it was a no brainer.  If you can’t get one locally, Amazon sells them: SawStop Brake Cartridge.

Luckily SawStop makes it easy to replace.  The instructions are on the slide out storage:



After getting the cartridge and blade out, I was surprised how far the blade was buried in the aluminum.



So I saw a few YouTube videos where people were able to extract the blade from the brake cartridge and reuse the blade.

I played around with it for a bit and was able to get it out.



Look at the difference between the activated (top) and new (bottom) cartridge.  Check out how deformed the aluminum is on the activated one is.


So following SawStops instructions I was able to put in the new cartridge and blade.


Now I will say I’m not sure I am actually going to run the saw like this.  It isn’t that expensive to just buy a new blade.  I was happy with the SawStop blade that shipped with the saw.  For $40, I could have a new blade.  SawStop also makes a nicer blade for a little more money.


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