From what I've heard the exhibitor is smart; the hotdogs they have used
have been nicked, indicating a finger coming into contact with a Sawstop
equipped blade would be left bleeding. IIRC, I've even seen one picture
of a nicked up finger somewhere online, but I might be wrong on that.
Well, if I was the inventor, I'd be willing to do the real finger test for
the purposes of marketing the Sawstop. I wouldn't have the courage to move
my finger into the blade fast enough to be capable of taking it off, but I'd
be willing do it slowly with the possibility of nicking the finger. Hell, I
don't think I've ever built anything without coming away with a nick
somewhere or a splinter or stubbing a body part or something like that.
I would think that anyone with the smarts to invent the SawStop is
also smart enough not to touch the SHARP, POINTY part of the spinning
blade, but the smooth side, which will probably not result in a cut
(maybe a slight friction burn) but give the same desired result.
Didn't the inventor of the GFI also put "life and limb" on the line in
his marketing? Or rather - put his son at risk?
I tried a google search, and didn't find anything.
Perhaps I just heard a urban legend.
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Think so? Maybe you're just lucky or extra careful or maybe I'm unlucky and
careless. I've always considered a small amount of pain as just part of the
process. Be it a splinter or sore muscles from hand sanding something or
getting a blister on my hand from twisting a screwdriver or whatever. I'd
guess it also depends on what kind of woodworking one is doing too. Of the
woodworking I do, cabinet making using a veneered plywood is my favourite
and that automatically means a few splinters somewhere in the process.
I was banking on the fact that I've established myself *not* to be one of
the safety nazi's and was trying to throw a little light hearted jab your
way. I have to admit - I was also thinking more of a little nicked finger
here, a little nicked finger there more than I was thinking about a
Hi Chris -
I can't put my finger on it... but I'm pretty sure there's been a contact
"incident" in the installed base of saws already....and it functioned
We will take (or have taken ) delivery of our first Sawstop saw.... we will
eventually (as soon as we can get 'em) replace every table/cabinet saw we
have.... something like 13-15 saws...
From an employer's perspective - there's virtually no choice but to adopt
the most stringent safety standards as soon as practical. With an
organisation our size.... the incidence of certain types of injuries
approaches a certainty.... what's 1 in 2000 odds for the average joe is 1 in
2 odds for us....or better!
If it prevents 1 injury, it'll be worth it. We've had 1 injury already....
and it was a guy with decades of experience. It just takes a second....
If I might ask Robin, what purpose would that number of saws serve for Lee
Valley Tools? I can envision a tablesaw or two for testing purposes and
maybe for research purposes when making new products. But, without my
thumbing through your catalogue, I don't remember seeing too many wooden or
plastic products constructed by LV where a tablesaw might be required.
Every store has a full woodshop....we make all of our own displays, and
prepare course material etc. ...
Then we have woodshops for the R&D guys, and for general corporate use....
Yes, my apologies, I completely forgot about the courses that each store
runs. It would be interesting once you get the Sawstops in for some of your
woodworkers to write and post their opinion of the machine.
Is that last one there a thinly veiled "Robin's workshop" with lot's of
cool tools? :-)
If you're gonna be dumb, you better be tough
Aside from "joe", who just posted about a contact incident, yes, there
have been a few. I just recently started reading the Wreck, and as
soon as I spotted the SawStop threads, checked out their web site.
There are a few testimonials and reports of contact incidents, all
Love your store, BTW.
There are 10 kinds of people --
those who understand binary, and those who don't.
Hi Leon -
Everyone makes mistakes... it's how you fix 'em that counts.
Statistics are what makes getting bigger less fun. With about 1000 people
employed, those 1 in 1000 events happen with some regularity ... :)
We're still installing 1 Sawstop per month, until all the other saws are
gone. So far so good - and no misfires. Our staff really like the saw.
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