I am getting ready to make a table saw purchase. I have pretty much decided
on getting the SawStop http://www.sawstop.com /. It looks like a high quality
saw and the safety features can't be beat. It is about double what I had
originally wanted to spend. My thought was that if it prevents one injury it
has easily paid for itself. An extra 2 grand seems like a lot of money until
you weight it against the loss of a finger(s), and then that 2 grand seems
Thoughts, comments, advice?
As many would attest, I would strongly recommend it if you can afford it.
Having lost half of my thumb 18 years ago on a TS that I had turned off,
you can not be too careful.
From most reports, everyone is happy with their purchase of the SawStop and
it appears to be a top quality product.
Damn, but that's the question of the century!
I thought only an idiot could put their hand into a TS; then I nearly cut my
finger off on a BS last year. Now I am not sure.
(It has healed cosmetically perfectly, but still hurts at times.)
I think that all woodworking tools are dangerous. The solution is to be
really careful using all of them; not to spend $2000 to make one safer. For
instance, I now use push blocks when routing a rabbet on a picture frame,
when a year ago I would have used my hands.
Actually only an idiot thinks that it cannot happen to them.
And that is a good upgrade in the thought process of operating procedures
but accidents often happen when there is no wood being processed. And I
thought only an idiot could cut half their thumb off when not cutting wood.
Me too. I put a "to-the-bone" notch in the end of a finger a few years ago
with the saw's motor off. I flipped the switch off, started to walk away,
and realized I had left a cut-off piece on the table. I carelessly
overreached the still spinning blade and "bang"!
That's a hard hit when bone is involved. Very painful, but an invaluable
lesson in safety. I am lucky, and a much more careful woodworker for it.
Yeah, the bone being hit is pretty violent. I still remember how my whole
hand shook as I cut it away from the tip of my thumb between the nail and
the finger print up to the first joint. I also remember the nurse at the ER
Unfortunately I was clueless what happened. I initially thought I had a
kick back until I opened up my hand that was clutching my left thumb. I
never could figure out what happened until I almost did it again about 1
year later. One year later I did the same thing, I finished cutting a
through dado and turned the saw off. Then I reached with my left hand to
the far end of the rip fence to lift it up and off the table top. This time
however I felt the wind coming off of the dado set. Fortunately this time
my thumb was too short to come in contact with the blade. Now I watch the
blade come to a complete stop before making any adjustments.
Damnit Leon... talk about wry and dry. "Fortunately this time my
thumb was too short to come in contact with the blade."
I laughed so hard I almost fell out of the chair!
Thank Gawd you cut half your finger off long before so you were
actually safe. It's a good thing; you coulda been hurt!!!!
Talk about being grateful for small favors...
Take 'em where you can get 'em, eh buddy?
I'm still laughing.
I've always recommended that beginning woodworkers learn to "COUNT THE
TEETH OF THE BLADE" before doing anything anywhere near it. I taught
quite a few women over 6 years on safe power tool use and not one of
us so much as got a scratch. I think this is a dumb kinda rule- but it
works. Donna Menke, www.woodworks-by-donna.com, author: The Ultimate
Band Saw Box Book
Good advise however there is always an exception to every rule. LOL
I had probably counted the teeth on more than a few blades 10 years before
having an accident and some times will nick my self just handling a freshly
Unfortunately, I can do one better for a "table saw accident" when not
cutting wood. I "filleted" a thumb, to the tune of 13 stitches, on a TS with
the blade off and not even plugged in!
Always endeavoring to be safety conscious, and taking advantage of all
opportunities to further that goal, I was installing an overhead blade
guard, and, in the process, created a perfectly functioning guillotine.
The E-room logged me in as a "table saw accident" ... though I doubt that I
skewed the statistic by much.
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