Sawstop’s Jobsite Saw

IMG_SawSawstop’s promised a jobsite for some time now. A saw with the same blade-stopping technology. For me, I wonder if (or when) the saw actually fires, would you have a saw left. I envision the entire trunnion assembly being shot through the tabletop with the force needed to stop the blade and drop it from sight. With the saw now coming to market, my bet is that the company has ran those tests and the results are that you still have a saw afterward. (At the show, nor anywhere else that I can find as of yet, tests are not being run. No hot dogs are injured.)

Even without having any information on the firings and what, if anything, happens to the saw, there are many neat ideas presented in the Sawstop Jobsite saw.

IMG_HandleOne feature I found way cool is the travel of the blade when setting its height. One full turn in one direction raises the blade completely. Turn the handle in the opposite direction and the blade fully lowers in one revolution. If you want to adjust blade bevel, simply squeeze the handle and the black disc behind it. Once squeezed you can slide the blade angle to whatever you desire. And you can tweak the setting with a fine-tune adjustment.

The fence lock on this saw is another innovation. Think teeter-totter. Push down a lever on the fence top to release the hold, move the fence then push the front end of the lever back down to lock things in place. And the hold was secure. I couldn’t budge the fence when in its locked position.

TeeterTotter copy

I wasn’t thrilled with the blade insert. It was flimsy and locked in with a spring-action mechanism. But the hidden storage was worth a look. If you slide the right-hand table out (lift a small lever to allow it to slide), a small storage area appears. It’s a great place to keep table saw related paraphernalia.

IMG_StorageAs with all saws from Sawstop, this jobsite saw is no cheap investment. Expect to shell out $1,300 when it becomes available. These saws should arrive in showrooms in a couple of weeks, with shipment to customers in March.

Take a look at this saw. Sawstop has done its homework and brought out a saw that will garner attention and sales.

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3 thoughts on “Sawstop’s Jobsite Saw

  1. I appreciate the honest impressions on this equipment and imagine it won’t be long before someone does the hot dog demo.

    I have one question on table saws in general. Maybe I’m missing something or I just think differently, but why is a single revolution of the crank to raise/lower the blade desirable? I see a lot of table saws dinged in reviews because they take more revolutions. I don’t see a single spin as a particular merit and wonder how easy it is to make minute adjustments. I’ve never counted what it takes on my saw( I think it’s more than two, maybe three) and never really found it a problem.

    1. On most of the jobsite saws, and benchtop saws, it takes many revolutions to move the blade from full height to under the top. Doing demonstrations using a Bosch 4100 saw at the Woodworking Shows, I’ve become aware of the amount of time it takes to adjust the blade height. I cannot speak for others, but for me it’s a time thing. And because it’s different from other saws, I found it interesting. As for fine-tune adjustments on the Sawstop saw, those are made using another wheel (shown in the opening photo just above the company logo on the front).

  2. Thanks! As a hobbyist, I didn’t consider the time element and overlooked the context of jobsite. The fine-tune adjustment is certainly a feature worth noting.

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