This is absolutely frightening. That a small number of lawyers and
liberal courts can make decisions like this.
Also frightening is the comment made by the high school teacher who
has them in his shop.
"Two of them have been in John Stearns' woodshop class at Amity High
School. Stearns applied for grants to pay for two SawStop saws in
2008, which cost $7,400, about three times the price of other brands.
"I would pay twice as much for those saws to keep my kids from losing
their fingers," Stearns said. "Those two kids walked away without a
scratch. That's amazing. I don't know if I would go back to any other
I know his intentions are good. But the kids who walk out of his shop
class are not going to be scared enough. It used to piss me off when
my high school shop teacher yelled about safety. I understand now.
If they start filling the schools with that technology, guess
Does anyone remember the Mercedes Benz commercials about 10 to 15 years
ago where an MB engineer mentions the fact that they were the ones who
developed air-bag technology for their cars. He is asked why they did not
patent the invention and instead shared the technology with other car
manufacturers. He replies that "some inventions are too important not to
share". It seems to me that the Saw Stop people could do the same by
allowing their technology to be used by others at a small fixed price per
unit and still make a nice return on their design.
I see the problem.
"SawStop asks for licensing fees of 3 percent of the saw's wholesale price
to start. As the device becomes more widespread, the fees could increase to
8 percent. The price of table saws range from $200 to several thousand
If he was closer to the 3% than the 8% it may fly, but adding a couple
hundred bucks for the actual hardware and then 8% on top, the saw becomes
On the other hand, if you customer base is not buying your product because
it lacks this popular safety feature they also become uncompetitive.
If the unions would bow out and let the manufacturers pay what the skill of
putting together a TS is "actually" worth the company could pay the license
fee and make a profit, probably a larger profit. If your productions costs
are in excess to start with it is also very hard to be competitive.
Ironically, I have a neighbor that has lots of famly in the Michigan area
and for generations have made their living with one of the Big 3. They are
now out of jobs, in rough shape, and have indicated that they have no one to
blame but themselves. They let the Union take care of them all these years
and never really learned how to survive on a wage that their skills were
Don't forget the big boys.
Here's the smoking gun(s):
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Bottom line: Paulson and Bernanke are stinkers.
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