A couple of days ago I was cutting a base for a bookcase. I had the blade set up to cut a 45. While I was cutting, I experienced an activation of my saw. At first, I didn’t know what happened. I felt the saw vibrate as it made a pop. I thought “what the hell was that”, then I thought “where did the blade go”, then “oh shXt”. What happened is that while I was cutting the 45 the blade made contact with the aluminum miter gauge and tripped the saw. It was the first time I used the saw on a 45 and I didn’t make a practice run to see if the gauge would contact the blade. The blade barely nicked the gauge. Taking the blade off the saw along with the brake was a PIA. I had to force it off with a piece of wood uisng it as a lever. Fortunately the blade isn’t bent. I’m getting it sharpened and four teeth put back on. I’ll see how it performs when I get it back. I’ve seen demos of a SawStop where they activate the blade but experiencing it real life is actually kind of cool. When you see the demo, you anticipate the trip but when it happens in real life it’s so fast you have no idea of what happened at first.
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