Here is a copy of an email I sent to SawStop and their response FYI:
Sent: Wednesday, July 09, 2003 11:09 AM
Subject: Petition Requesting Performance Standards to reduce table saw
Petition Requesting Performance Standards for a System To Reduce
or Prevent Injuries From Contact With the Blade of a Table Saw
(Petition No. CP 03-2)
Dear Sir or Madame:
This letter is in reference to the above Consumer Product Safety Commission
I am a hobbyist woodworker and currently own a Delta Unisaw 3HP 10" table
saw. I was considering purchasing your invention. I am no longer
considering this purchase. The reason for this is that I judge the
companies that I do business with in a number of ways. One of these is the
value of their product. Another is integrity. Your invention certainly has
value. Your company, however, has absolutely no integrity.
The United States is a nation based on freedom and your efforts to increase
your personal and corporate profits via reduction in all American's personal
rights are deplorable. I was shocked and sickened to see your blatant use
of the regulary system to force consumers into a situation where you and
only you would profit.
I also intend to take every opportunity and to encourage the numerous fellow
woodworkers I know to contact the Safety Commission and any other pertinent
parties and express our opposition to this change in table saw safety
A free market is a wonderful thing. If you would have used this market as
intended and let your product stand on its own merits then I could respect
you. By choosing the route of forcing consumers to use your product you
have clearly shown your true colors. You have chosen your own fate and the
inevitable failure of your endeavor.
Thanks for the email and comments. We understand your position concerning
government intervention. In many cases we would agree with you. However, in
this case, where there are over 30,000 serious injuries each year, where
information concerning the number and severity of injuries is not readily
available to the public, and where manufacturers do not seem to care about
the injuries, we think filing a petition for rulemaking is appropriate. In
short, it makes more sense to petition for new safety rules than it does to
live with the tremendous number of serious injuries. At least we think so.
Additionally, we hope that the petition will motivate other companies to
adopt the technology so that it becomes available faster than it otherwise
would. The petition also will allow the government to gather information
concerning the economic cost to society of table saw injuries, which will be
available to the public and will be helpful in deciding whether to create
new safety regulations.
Finally, as a point of clarification, our proposed standard requires
manufacturers to make saws safer, just as car manufacturers are required to
put seat belts and airbags in cars. Our proposed standard does not require
consumers to use a particular type of saw.
Anyway, thanks for your comments.
22409 SW Newland Road 503-638-6201
Wilsonville, OR 97070 503-638-8601 fax
Nothing too surprising in their reply, and it probably is a form letter that
they send to anyone complaining about their business tactics. Leon, you
really should ask them if you can be a spokesman for their company, you and
this Fanning guy are definitely on the same wavelength.
There are no stupid questions.
There are a LOT of inquisitive idiots.
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