Thread: Sawstop fence problems
3rd Mar 2009, 07:23 PM #1
Sawstop fence problems
I've had my Sawstop for quite a while now and have encountered my first problem.
The plywood rails on the fence need to be tightened at each end. (Overall, it results in a cut that is 1mm out, which is far too much and is far from straight.)
I contacted Brendan but he no longer works for Gabbett. I also rang Gabbett in Melb - and they referred me to an Allen key device sold by Bunnings that will fit through the slots on the bottom sits of the fence.
Not great service from Gabbett, which surprised me. And I can't find the said gadget in Bunnings either.
Any suggestions? This is my permanent rip saw and I want it right.
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4th Mar 2009, 09:48 AM #2
Have you talked to anybody at bunnings, I have never seen anything at bunnings that resembles what you desribe. Bunnings don't carry any ts accessories that I know of. Other than Ryobi gear. I would be searching sawstop USA to see if you there is any other options.
4th Mar 2009, 09:52 AM #3
an Allen key device sold by Bunnings that will fit through the slots on the bottom sits of the fence.
What did the device look like.I was at Bunnies yesterday,and they had alot of different allen key sets etc..Ask one of the guys if you know what you wantBack To Car Building & All The Sawdust.
4th Mar 2009, 10:13 AM #4
The allen key screwdriver should have been provided with the saw. It is quite long approx 25cm. As well as being an allen key it also has the ball on the end which allows adjustment when inserted at an angle which it is.
From memory you have to tighten the sides in a certain order.
4th Mar 2009, 10:56 AM #5
I agree that is very poor service from Gabbett, surely they can afford to stock spares at the prices they are charging for a SawStop?
4th Mar 2009, 02:13 PM #6
See pages 8 and 9 of the manual. If you don't have the fence manual you can download at
At the beginning of the manual it says allen keys wrenches supplied. They certainly were with mine.
I would ring Gabbetts again, maybe Sydney might be more helpful, say you didnt get the allen key screwdriver and maybe they will send you one - they should!!
5th Mar 2009, 05:07 PM #7
I've spent a good hour or three looking for the allen key drivers in the shed without any luck. It must be there somewhere.
5th Mar 2009, 09:16 PM #8
MatK and Fred,
thanks for the advice. The internet version of the fence adjustment is not included with the manual that I have.
It seems that I must take right side of the fence off, then adjust the other. An absolute PITA.
The saw is great, but little things like this really P#SS you off. I am considering replacing the entire side plates with aluminium.
I've just about had enough with adjustments on my saw. I forget the price, but the Sawstop wasn't cheap. Logic tells me that a fence on any saw must be right. If it's not, you don't get accurate rip cuts.
Peeved? Just a little.
7th Mar 2009, 08:24 PM #9
hi Jeff, i am seriously looking at buying the sawstop this year, i only found out about it before christmas through this forum.
and as contractor carpenter i feel that i have to buy this product, for my own safety and my employees.
i dont know anybody else that has this saw, would you mind if i asked you a few questions about the quality, model and price?
if not, just tell me to get stuffed, some people dont like to talk about money, i understand.
7th Mar 2009, 08:31 PM #10
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From what I know of Jeff from meeting him and also from his association through the board I am sure that Jeff will be very happy to answer any questions you have about the Sawstop but I'll suggest that you do it via Private Message due to liability issues
8th Mar 2009, 12:08 PM #11
I have the cabinet saw and am very happy with it. A couple of little niggles but nothing that detracts from the overall design and build quality. Unfortunately some of the pluses come with a small minus like the zero clearance plate adds to safety and use but detracts from dust collection above the table. Also if you add a zero clearance fence to the mitre slide it actually pushes the guard sideways rather than up causing the blade to cut into the side of the plastic guard. This also happens on some other brand tablesaws that I know.
But overall one very well designed and safe tale saw.
10th Mar 2009, 02:24 PM #12
thanks for the info mat, which model did you buy, the cabinet saw or the contractor saw, do you have the mobile base and did you upgrade the sliding fence?
10th Mar 2009, 04:01 PM #13
I have the cabinet saw with mobile base and 52 inch rails. The mobile base works fantastically - as you would expect for the money. When lowered the saw sits on the ground and is very stable.
The cabinet saw has only one fence option which in my opinion is very good.
Very stable, I cant deflect the top end by hand pressure or in my usage. The fence slides smoothly and locks well.
The saw came compeletely set up with everything square and parrallel where necessary.
12th Mar 2009, 07:11 PM #14
thanks for the info mat, the cabinet saw is looking pretty good a this stage.
i have read an old thread that you have a dewalt dw735 thicknesser.
do you still have it mat?
i purchased one in november 2008, have only run it for a total of 6 hours over a 4 month period. motor is burnt out, do you check the brushes regularly?
sorry if this is off topic for some folks.
13th Mar 2009, 09:00 AM #15
Yes I still have the 735. I haven't checked the brushes since I bought it some years ago. Will have a look on the weekend and let you know how much is left.
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