I accidentally triggered the safety blade brake on my SawStop tablesaw. Do I need to replace the blade, or can I peel the spent brake off and reuse the blade?

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Q:

I accidentally triggered the safety blade brake on my SawStop tablesaw. Thankfully, I wasn't hurt, but, obviously, had to replace the brake cartridge. Do I also need to replace the blade, or can I peel the spent brake off and reuse the blade? Also, are there any adjustments I need to make to the saw now that I've triggered the brake?
—Dale Cunningham, Rochester, N.Y.

A:

You might not have to discard the blade, Dale. Although SawStop's Matt Howard recommends against repairing a blade caught in a brake activation, you may want to check with the blade manufacturer—particularly if it's a premium-priced blade—to see if they can repair it or possibly replace it at a discounted price. For example, Tony Ferrato of Forrest Manufacturing says his company can often repair a damaged blade if you return it to them (minus the brake cartridge).

After you've installed a new cartridge, you should not need to make any adjustments. But if the saw won't power up after replacing the cartridge and blade, check the gap between them. (Refer to the owner's manual.) If that's not the issue, call SawStop customer service.