On Sun, 01 Oct 2006 16:34:14 GMT, firstname.lastname@example.org (Scott Lurndal)
I'm totally jiggy with that, as well as a believer in SawStop
technology. I'm big on push blocks and jigs, so that I'm comfortable
without a SawStop in my one-man shop.
SawStop firings are about _accidents_!
However, all of the demos always have the hot dog moving so slowly,
not like my hand might be moving when ripping.
In no way did I mean to denigrate the Saw Stop. My point was that you
can still get hurt with it.
In retrospect my answer was probably more reflexive than it should have
been. When I teach safety I emphasize that nothing is completely safe
and I show how it is possible to get hurt no matter how far fetched.
I once had an employee raise a guard and put her hand under a cutter
then flip both the on switch and the master safety switch while her
hand was under the cutter. When we designed the machine we were sure
no one was going to get hurt with it. Fortunately she wasn't hurt
badly because of the safety aspect but she was still hurt.
When we build equipment, we never tell people it is safe. We always
emphasize how to use it safely. We also always design in as much
safety as we can.
If you want to spend some money to upgrade safety, a quickly removable
and replaceable crown guard and a riving knife will give you nearly as
much safety for a whole lot less money.
OTOH, they're not bad saws or badly priced if you're buying a new saw
of similar quality.
No, you don't have to buy SawStop blades. Any 10" standard blade will
do. (However, I have seen comment here on the wreck that the Freud
adjustable dado cannot be used, likely because it is marginally over 8"
in diameter at some, or all, width settings.) My Freud stackable dado is
Should the cartridge fire, you not only have to buy a new cartridge, but
also replace the blade which is destroyed in the process.
Changing from a standard blade to dado, or vice versa, takes an
additional 30 seconds or so.
The blade insert is complex and expensive and not easy to duplicate. So
far I have not seen any third party inserts for the SawStop for sale.
The dado insert is made of walnut and mine was badly warped on receipt.
The standard insert is phenolic - no problems.
The manual that comes with the saw is by far the most comprehensive I
have ever seen for a power tool of this level of complexity but it is
full of errors - annoying things like the index pointing to the wrong
page numbers, parts numbers missing from exploded view diagrams, etc.
The shiny black finish on the saw and extension table shows every bit of
sawdust. I'll leave it to you to determine if that is a plus on minus.
All in all, I am very happy with the saw.
(I have not read all of the thread)
I wonder how the force of the high speed spinning blade is disipated? I
am betting that you have to replace more than the blade and brake unit,
like say motor shaft, motor mounts, motor adjustment screws and
anything else the torque throws out of whack.
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