SawStop table saws may best be known for the design of an ingenious brake that engages in the event of accidental contact with a finger. This technology has saved the fingers of many a woodworker, but what of the sawblade which went from high-speed to a full stop when the activation and engagement occurred?
Ridge Carbide team members take calls each week that go something like, “…my finger is intact, but I am worried about my sawblade!”
Guiding callers through the evaluation process is important to us because, no matter what blade they’re using, we don’t want you to run the risk of using a compromised blade. These are the best practices we follow as a blade manufacturing expert. SawStop and the manufacturer of your specific blade will also have recommendations. We also want to be sure you follow SawStop’s instructions for cartridge removal, replacement and set up. With that in mind, let’s get to the process.
SawStop’s brake system utilizes a specially machined aluminum cartridge that quickly “engages” the sawblade’s teeth to stop rotation. This is what saves your fingers! It also “mates” the cartridge to the sawblade which can make cartridge removal challenging.