About SawStop

In a little more than a decade, SawStop has gone from a small startup offering a revolutionary saw-braking technology to a leading table-saw manufacturer whose acclaimed product line has saved thousands of woodworkers' fingers. SawStop's industry-first flesh-sensing technology causes the blade to stop and retract into the saw within milliseconds of contact, often leaving the operator with little more than a scratch – rather than a catastrophic injury. It was developed in 1999 by SawStop's founder, Steve Gass, a patent lawyer who also has a Ph.D. In physics. Since the first SawStop model hit the market in 2004, the Oregon company has developed models geared to meet the needs of hobbyist, professional and industrial woodworkers. The combined safety, quality and craftsmanship of SawStop table saws have won the brand a place in shops across the country and around the world.

How SawStop Works

1. Monitor and Detect

  • The blade carries a small electrical signal.
  • When skin contacts the blade, the signal changes because the human body is conductive.
  • The change to the signal activates the safety system.

  • 2. Brake Activation

  • An aluminum brake springs into the spinning blade, stopping it in less than 5 milliseconds!
  • The blade’s angular momentum drives it beneath the table, removing the risk of subsequent contact.
  • Power to the motor is shut off.

  • 3. Reset
    Resetting the saw yourself is easy. Simply replace the blade and affordable brake cartridge and your saw is operational. The entire reset process takes less than five minutes.

    Why SawStop

    Built to perform. Built to last.

    SawStop’s focus on practical innovation, combined with our obsession for using the highest grade materials, produces saws unlike any before experienced by woodworkers. The ideas seem simple to most, and innovation and quality claims are easy to make. Discerning craftspeople need proof.

    The proof is in each saw we build.

    Find proof in our Cabinet Saws: A heavy-weight trunnion unlike any on the market, with the thickest arbors of any 10” saws. True vertical trunnion travel, with gas-piston assist for ease of operation. Durable, open gearing for minimal dust compaction and easy operation. Quiet and true poly V-ribbed belts for sure power transfer with minimal vibration. Proven 99% dust extraction, achieved through shaping the blade’s created turbulence.

    Find proof in our Contractor Saw, featuring cast-iron durability coupled with the most configuration options of any SawStop saw.

    Find proof in our Jobsite Saw, featuring One-Turn elevation, a weight balanced trunnion, a true t-style fence, and SawStop safety in a rugged design built for the work site.

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