My opinion is that you're overstating things along this line. Safe and
proper operation should be a "given" hypothesis.
Either that or they think "Dayum, this saw cost so much, it couldn't
have kicked back unless I was doing something wrong. I won't say
anything about it because it's _all_my_fault_!" <snort>
An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile,
hoping it will eat him last.
-- Sir Winston Churchill
You're certainly welcome to your opinion. Mine is based on considerable
use and operation of the particular genre of tool (rail guided plunge
saw) ... yours, admittedly not.
Anyone is free to decide for themselves which opinion has the most merit.
> Safe and
> proper operation should be a "given" hypothesis.
The only time "safe and proper operation" becomes a "given hypothesis"
is immediately following the first accident ...
What is indeed a "given" is that these tools are not for everyone.
under any circumstances.
From there, I suppose, there is a continuum of comfort level for each kind
of tool. And there is a whole lot of hysteria and emotion concerning
different types and classes of tools.
The ultimate demonization of a tool would be the radial arm saw. I grew up
around them and used them for many years without any kind of problem. But
many folks, who don't understand that spinning saw blades are inherently
dangerous, cut off portions of their anatomy with them. Therefore, these
saws are "bad". Or at least, politically incorrect.
Now we see another process at work. A super critical perspective of tools
"that cost too much". But cost is relative. The folks who buy many tools
are using them for their business. If the tool isn't doing its job, you
would hear about it.
I may lust after tools I can't afford. But I am not going to whine about the
tools because it is not in my price range. Nor am I going to whine about it
if I can not justify the expense of the tool based on my current or future
use of such a tool. If these tools did not perform a useful function, they
would cease to be a viable product to manufacture and distribute.
Nuff said, end of rant.
I used a RAS almost exclusively as the 'goto' tool to build a couple of
recording studios years ago. Have always have had a healthy respect for
the tool, and got excellent results using it. (I don't think there was
such a thing as a SCMS in those days)
That said, the pucker factor still goes up to this day when I see/got to
use a RAS, which is probably a good thing.
That said, a router with a big bit, or an angle or taper cut on the
table saw can flex the sphincter just as easily as the RAS for me.
Quality is expensive upfront, cheap over the useful life of the tool.
Good rant ... I buy whatever it makes business sense to buy to do the
best job possible in the most efficient manner, and always try to build
a purchase into the price of a job, or two.
When the pleasure from using a tool coincides with a legitimate business
justification to purchase it, it feels good on all counts, including the
fact that you're doing something right. :)
That counts for all "tools", from hand to software.
I don't find it much quieter than my old PC right angle ROS unless you are
talking about the quiet from the vac also, but it took me about a year to
get use to no seeing dust. It really does make you wonder if you are doing
anything until you slide your hand across the surface.
"Puckdropper" <puckdropper(at)yahoo(dot)com> wrote in message
Festool has a couple of "normal/standard" ROS with round disks. And the
ETS125 is absolutely silky smooth and you can simply set it down on the
work, turned on, and guide/push it with your finger if you chose to do that.
;~) Although not as aggressive as the Rotex sanders.
The Rotex sanders naturally have a bit more vibration especially in their
"belt sander" aggressive mode. My rectangle pad RTS400 sander does not make
my hand tingle after extensive use like both of my older PC SpeedBloc finish
sanders did and those things were pretty nice.
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