On Tue, 11 Jul 2006 00:13:04 -0500, firstname.lastname@example.org ()
Many states require seat belts and cars cannot be sold without them.
If you are not wearing a seat belt, even if they are not present, you
will be ticketed and I wouldn't be surprised if a car without them
wouldn't be impounded as unsafe on the spot.
The United States Government requires that seat belts be installed, the
states have no say in the matter. But a car made before the seat belt law
will not be impounded, there was a grandfather clause.
Further, I believe that the state laws requiring the wearing of seat belts
have an exemption for vehicles that do not have them.
Fewer personal injury claims. There are different degrees of air bag
coverage. The more you have the better. 2 years ago our 2000 VW Passat had
air bags front and front side. Our 2004 Accord has Front and front and
back side air bags and overhead side airbags. The Honda was a more
expensive car by about 10% and our insurance on that car has dropped about
$300 per year on that vehicle and there have been no claims or traffic
violations in the last 8 years.
In a school or training environment, I could probably be persuaded
that this was a good idea. But once the insurance companies "realize
that there is an option" it's not too far a stretch to see that other
tools could utilize this same technology. What happens when insurers
mandate that everything from tablesaws to grinders to routers and
circular saws are equipped with similar mechanisms? That $3500
multiplied by X might not be so trivial after all.
I saw a demo at a wood show and they putshed the hot dog in at a really fast
feed rate. They operator said he wanted to be able so show at least a small
mark on the hotdot so he gave the sled that the hotdog on a real fast jolt
forward, way faster then you would ever feed wood. It was a real jolt. The
hotdog had a very small nick in the outercasing of the hotdog. It was so
small it almost didnt even cut through the outer casing. I imagine if it
was your finger you would not have a drop of blood even. It was really
You should do a little research before making these assumptions. According
to SawStop, wet lumber is not a problem.
A cut is better than an amputation.
SawStop is not supposed to prevent kickbacks. That said however it is one
of the few brands that offer a riving knife in the US. You still have to
use you head, its still not a good idea to look down a gun barrel even
though the gun has a safety.
The riving knife is for the kickbacks.... not the SawStop mechanism. On that
note look up information on kickbacks and riving knives and you will find
that they are effective (if you actually use it!).
A common result of kickbacks is that a saw operator will reflexively
push down on a workpiece that starts to lift off the table (No, I can't
quote my source, but OHSA will back me up.). My FIL worked with a very
experienced carpenter who did this and rip cut his hand between his 3rd
and 4th fingers.
SawStop won't eliminate kickbacks, but it should stop the blade if you
push your meaty hand into it.
According to an article I read the classic injury pattern is that the
material being kicked back strikes the operator on the left hand side
of their torso causing them to pivot about their right foot bringing
their right hand forward and across the blade.
If the object hits you square in the chest then maybe you go backwards.
But a glancing blow is going to send you spinning and even if your
center of mass is going backwards your body is still moving forwardsl.
On 10 Jul 2006 11:06:27 -0700, "Phillip Hallam-Baker"
Exactly how do you go across the blade if you're using a blade guard?
You'd hit the side of the guard, not the blade. The only real way to
hit the blade, assuming you're using the guard properly, is to go from
the front, under the guard.
Of course, if you're stupid enough not to use the guard, you deserve
what happens to you.
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