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Sawstop folding outfeed table

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Thanks Steve.  I don't need one but have wonder as to the quality and ease of use for those that need a set up like this.  I guess if you really needed to use it and an assembly area at times, you could use a good piece of ply  or mdf as a temporary work surface.

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I looked at this solution as well, but went with with the tried and true "butt the workbench up against the table saw" approach.

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If it's covered in crap you couldn't fold it down without unloading it.   It wouldn't work for me because ripped parts might fall through. 

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I think they designed it with woodworkers in mind and made it holey so that it wouldn't get filled with crap so you can always fold it down. I'd get clever and put a piece of ply on top so my crap wouldn't fall through. Then it'd always be in the way so i'd just end up using my bandsaw .... I guess they really are dedicated to keeping us safe.

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I made my own out feed table that is fully supported by the saw. It gives me a little over 4' past the back of the blade. There is also an extension that hooks onto it with 1 support leg on the far end that gives me another 18". Because my saw is always being moved & the floor is concrete, I like not having to adjust the height of the out feet to match the saw table. It is a torsion box made with 2 layers of 12mm BB & covered on both side with p-lam.

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This is something i will need for my powermatic 72 when im finished putting it back together. There is an HTC model similar to the sawstop that is for sale locally, just not sure i want to spend $150 on an outfeed table after dumping more into the saw than i originally wanted. I need an outfeed table to fold out of the way, because the saw is in the backstroke of my sliding table saw. 

 

Other than price, any downsides to it? 31" doesnt seem like adequate outfeed support to me. I wish it had an extension like Frank is describing. 

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44 minutes ago, Pwk5017 said:

31" doesnt seem like adequate outfeed support to me.

Same here. Of course that's an individual thing, but for me, 48" seems to be the sweet spot.

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On 12/11/2018 at 11:48 AM, Pwk5017 said:

Other than price, any downsides to it? 31" doesnt seem like adequate outfeed support to me. I wish it had an extension like Frank is describing. 

I guess I should have really stressed that the reason I bought it was because it folded up and didn't take up much of any space when I pushed the table saw back against the wall to store it.   I'd love to have a big table in place, but just no room.

I joint, plane and dimension stuff out in the garage and then bringing it inside to my basement shop to finish with.   Both shops are small, so I really don't have any need for anything longer than about 4 foot.   So it meets my present needs.

 

 

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Steve

I have the SS folding outfeed table as well.  It works for my needs.

My work bench is way too high to butt up to the saw.  If I ever need more far support, I will just roll my hydraulic lifting table to the back and use that

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I bought this product and on it's own, it's great. But you have to be careful about the combination of Sawstop components that you use. 

 

Here is what I mean by that.

 

The PROBLEM: The outfeed table does not fold completely flat against the rear of the cabinet, and when it is collapsed, the tubes stick up, proud of the table, leaving me unable to move the fence unless I set up the outfeed table. I cannot use the saw with the table folded down. 

The CAUSE: I have the Professional (PCS) Table Saw with the Industrial (ICS) mobile base. Not a winning combination. Because the PCS table is about 3" less deep than the ICS, the base has to be modified and sticks out past the rear of the saw. The Folding Outfeed Table cannot work around the wheel wells, which means you cannot fold the table flat against the cabinet. Because the table cannot be folded completely flat against the table, when it is in the folded down state, the tubes the run parallel to the miter slots in the saw stick up higher than the plane of the table. Because of this, you cannot move the fence unless you set the outfeed table up first. 

 

The SOLUTION: 

I don't know, yet. Sawstop first suggested that I file down the plastic caps that cap off the end of each tube. Well, I removed the caps and the problem still exists. 

Their next suggestion is for me to invert the clamps that secure the Folding Outfeed Table to the rear fence rail bracket. I have not done this yet, but I am hopeful. If this works, I will still have the issue where the FOT does not fold flat against the saw, but if it works, I can use the fence without the FOT in the expanded position. 

If I want that FOT to fold completely flat against the rear of the cabinet (which is what it is SUPPOSED to do), I have the following options: 

  1. Shell out $200 for the PCS Mobile base and (presumably) sell the Industrial base. 
    1. I REALLY don't want to do this. I bought the ICS base for a reason. 
  2. Cut the 2 outermost tubes down by about 2" each, and drill new holes in them to be able to fasten them the cross members. 
    1. I don't really want to do this either. 

I have a Thread in the Power Tools section titled 'Sawstop Inadvertent Brake Activation Causes' where I cover this problem in detail. 

I have been fairly disappointed in Sawstop's support for this issue. I will not go into all of that here. Please go to the other thread mentioned above to read about that. 

Thank you 

 

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I need to post the resolution to the above-listed issue. 

I was able to resolve the issue. I dont know exactly which adjustment did it, but I took the outfeed table off the saw, and played around with the clamps that fasten it to the rear rail. I also took the faces off of the fence and adjust them. In the end, I did have to remove the plastic caps from the tubes that make the OF table, but I WAS able to get it seated below the plane of the able and am now able to use the saw without the outfeed table set up. Sawstop DID call me and worked with me on the issue. 

When I wrote the post above this one, I was not happy with their response. After they contacted me and worked with me on this problem, I a now can say that i AM pleased with their service. 

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I have the same combination of FOT + ICS mobile base /w PCS conversion kit and agree that they do not appear to have been engineered to go together.  Fortunately, it doesn't look like I'm running into the same fence interference issue, but the base does keep the table from folding all the way against the table.  So it does take up a few extra inches of space in the back than it would otherwise.

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