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Offline Stoli

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Re: Sawstop PCS 36" with industrial mobile base
« Reply #30 on: February 25, 2018, 09:08 AM »
I have a 52”.  Don’t use that full capacity very much. Placed a router table in the extension wing, which is used a lot. There are times that I wished I had gotten the smaller size, and just made a portable router table  either way, this is a great saw.
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Offline Greg Powers

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Re: Sawstop PCS 36" with industrial mobile base
« Reply #31 on: February 25, 2018, 09:13 PM »
Had my SawStop Fire off when it nicked a jig fixture. What a surprise did not know what happened at first. Then I saw dollar signs  the cost is a me  cartridge and high end blade about $160. Cheep if it is your finger. But this barely nicked the jig.

Never heard about resharpining the blade. I always thought the abrupt stop potential cause it go out of round

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Offline rumble-chicken

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Re: Sawstop PCS 36" with industrial mobile base
« Reply #32 on: February 26, 2018, 07:22 AM »
Congrats on your saw.  With regards to Festool's Parent Company buying SawStop,  I truly hope they can come up to the same level of documentation. The manuals (books) you received are some of the best I have read in any industry.  Adversely, I have been mostly disappointed with all the Festool tools I have purchased. Really excited to see what these two companies can do together.



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Re: Sawstop PCS 36" with industrial mobile base
« Reply #33 on: February 26, 2018, 02:17 PM »
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Offline travisj

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Re: Sawstop PCS 36" with industrial mobile base
« Reply #34 on: March 01, 2018, 10:36 PM »
I went from a 52” Powermatic contractor’s saw to a 52” PCS 1.75.  I had looked at various saws when I decided to upgrade and the quality of the PCS saw itself is amazing.  The safety feature was secondary to me.  My wife does/did appreciate that portion since my daughters liked to work in the shop with me (they were 6 when I got the saw).

At our old house I had the space and had the saw perpendicular to the wall with the extension table right up to the wall.  We have moved and the saw is in the same position, but my shop is now 15’ by 15’.  I have it positioned so the infeed of longer items would require me to open the French doors into my garage. 

I have thought about converting it down to the 36” rails, however I would miss the table space.  The extra length is nice to line up your pieces to be cut.  I also like the fact that there is plenty of room to slide the fence out of the way instead of removing it when I am using a sled or longer crosscuts with a miter.  To some extant the table is similar to a radial arm saw or a treadmill (a place that junk gravitates to as storage), but if you have the space, go big.


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Offline Mario Turcot

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Re: Sawstop PCS 36" with industrial mobile base
« Reply #35 on: March 02, 2018, 10:18 AM »
Question guys. I know I want the 3hp PCS. but do I want the 52 or 36. I have a standard two car garage. I have noticed the popular choice is 36. I am leaning toward 36 as well. I have read owners downgrading from 52 to 36.  Thoughts guys?

If you plan to add router capability to your saw go for the 36" or make sure that the extension of the 52" you are looking at can fit a router. Usually with the 36" saws, you can buy an extension specifically for the router. You can also add another extension to a 52" but it will be called a monster of a table saw  [eek] This setup is useful if you don't want to use the saw fence with the router. My 52" saw comes with a torsion box like extension, so I cannot setup a router unless I modify the extension. The good thing is that I have a pretty flat surface for small assembly :)

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Offline cpw

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Re: Sawstop PCS 36" with industrial mobile base
« Reply #36 on: March 02, 2018, 11:12 AM »
Question guys. I know I want the 3hp PCS. but do I want the 52 or 36. I have a standard two car garage. I have noticed the popular choice is 36. I am leaning toward 36 as well. I have read owners downgrading from 52 to 36.  Thoughts guys?

If you plan to add router capability to your saw go for the 36" or make sure that the extension of the 52" you are looking at can fit a router. Usually with the 36" saws, you can buy an extension specifically for the router. You can also add another extension to a 52" but it will be called a monster of a table saw  [eek] This setup is useful if you don't want to use the saw fence with the router. My 52" saw comes with a torsion box like extension, so I cannot setup a router unless I modify the extension. The good thing is that I have a pretty flat surface for small assembly :)

Mario

It's not very hard to modify the torsion box extension.  For my router setup, I cut the hole for the lift, then routed it out using a template.  I used the sawstop itself to dado for the featherboard slot, and a router for the t-track to attach fences.  The one mistake I made was having it too close to the edge; so the fence can be a pain to adjust out of the way.