Table Saw Class
Lesson 4: Operating the Tablesaw
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Introduction: Operating the Tablesaw

The following outlines basic operation and etiquette for the SawStop table saw. For a deeper dive into tips and theory for the table saw, check out this class by mikeasaurus.

Area and Machine Preparation

  1. Clean and clear the table.
  2. Make sure there is sufficient room around the saw for your workpiece.
  3. Have a push stick ready and within easy reach.
  4. Adjust the blade height.
  5. Adjust the fence width.
    • Don’t use the fence if crosscutting.
  6. Turn on the dust collector.
  7. Turn on the main power.
  8. Wait for solid green lights on the control panel.
  9. Make sure nobody is behind you, in the case of kickback.

Making the Cut

  1. Pull the red paddle to turn on the saw.
  2. Wait for the blade to come up to speed.
  3. Keep a straight edge of the material tight against the fence at all times.
  4. Slowly push the material into the blade.
    • Experience will help you determine the correct speed for cutting your material, depending on thickness, blade type and other variables.
  5. Keep at least one hand or a push stick on the material at all times; never completely let go.
  6. Stay in control of the material until it is past the back of the blade.
  7. Push the red paddle to turn off the blade, and wait for it to stop moving.


  1. Double check that the blade is not moving.
  2. Turn off the main power switch on the control panel.
  3. Brush off the table and clean up the area.
  4. Put scraps in the trash and reusable pieces in the storage bin in the wood shop.

Print Out This Guide

This course is available as a PDF that is attached to this step. Happy cutting!

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