Just thought about this as I'm getting ready to do a stir fry. I have
some good cooking knives I really love to use as well as a mandolin.
Is this going to effect how I go about preparing my meals. I can see
where more people might starve it they couldn't afford saw stop
On Mon, 30 Jan 2012 09:10:23 -0800 (PST), "SonomaProducts.com"
No I've got a perfectly good unisaw, but if I was shopping for a new
saw I would definitely look at a Saw Stop. Seems like a good saw, I
just don't care for the way they have pursued some issues. If I had a
business with employees I would want one. None the less sometimes the
government get a little carried away with regulating to the lowest
Just a little background for any newcomers from the Winter 2004/2005 Fine
Woodworking Tools and Shops Annual Issue page 66:
" When Stephen Gass first invented a device to detect contact between an
operator and a moving saw blade and then stop the blade instantly (meaning
within five-thousandths of a second), he figured all he had to do was offer
it to saw manufacturers, and they'd be tripping over each other to buy it.
It didn't work out that way. After the SawStop technology won the
prestigious Challenger's Award at the IWF show in Atlanta in 2000, progress
seemed to grind to a halt. Why?
The answer to that question, like most stories, depends on whom you ask.
I spent more then an hour on the phone with Gass and he gave me a truncated
version of events from his perspective. Gass and hos partners showed
prototypes of the device to more than a dozen table saw manufacturers and
got as far as a signed license agreement with one of them before the deal
fell apart. In April 2003 they (along with several hundred signatures in
agreement) petitioned the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to
initiate a ruling that would declare the technology a performance standard,
the net effect of which would require manufacturers to put it on their saws.
The CPSC has yet to make a formal ruling on that petition.
None of the manufacturer representatives that I contacted would agree to
let me use their names or go on the record with a response. But one of them
told me the reluctance to adopt the technology is twofold: They believe the
mechanism has been tested thoroughly enough, and the retooling costs would
be enormous because they can't retrofit it to existing saws. He added that
they also don't believe table saws are inherently unsafe, as long as
consumers utilize the guards and splitters that come with the machine."
So this isn't a new issue by any means
Stephen Gass holds 89 patents, most of which have something to do with saw
safety. The latest patent was issued April 19, 2010 and is for a miter saw
with safety system. The last Saw Stop type patent that I see was issued
April 30 2007. Patents last 20 years if maintenance payments are made.
According to the article linked to below, the Consumer Products Safety
Commision is going to proceed in one way or another on this matter by
What he's saying is companies have been making the same saws, or
different saws using the sampe parts, for decades - and they work and
sell - so to make a saw-stop enabled saw would require a total
re-engineering - a TOTALLY new saw - at quite a great expense - to fix
a problem they do not believe is a serious problem.
One interesting thing on this was I was wondering if this would go off
into other sharp cuttng tools and it everyone stayed pretty focused on
the Saw Stop and table saws. I understand some of what I wrote
confuse people, I'm just wondering if this is a slippery slope. If I
was buying a new cabinet saw and could afford it I would buy a saw
Me too - except for the price and the issues with dado sets (which I use
a lot). My Rigid TS3650 will have to do as I don't anticipate a few
grand falling out of the sky anytime soon, and if it did there would be
many other things that would gobble it up according to SWMBO aka the OL
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gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery"
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