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.

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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:

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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:

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

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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.

 

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

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

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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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