:~) If the blade is still spinning after the saw is turned off the blade
can still get you. Now that is pretty obvious but falls into one of the
millions of ways an accident can happen when you are not cutting wood. When
not cutting wood the average person is probably not as attentive as he
should be, I was not. The SawStop would prevent this because it still
works if the blade is turning after being turned off. I verified this
feature soon after the SawStop was introduced.
In the first place I ever worked where I used a table saw, the rule was that
the first thing that you did after turning off the saw was to crank the
blade down below the table. I still do that now. On the few occasions that
that is not practical, being in the habit of cranking it down forces you to
think about that blade being exposed.
I was taught in 7th grade IA to watch all blades or bits stop, and to
especially never leave a machine until the blade has fully stopped.
The practice, as well as other safety practices drilled into me by
"Mr. Messer", have served me well for 30 years.
That said, if I owned a saw that others used, in a multi-person pro
shop or _especially_ a school or ww'ing club environment, I'd buy a
I can see a personal injury lawyer making an argument of "The safety
technology is readily available at a reasonable price."
What I think of that statement is meaningless compared to what a
personal injury jury unfamiliar with woodworking might.
I do not remember the specifiv details of what happened but I also was
taught to watch for the blade to stop and to be aware that under floresent
lighting the some tools may appear to be stopped under the right lighting
conditions. Apparently a lapse of good judgement or thought that the blade
had stopped as I had begun the adjusting the fence, I guess I was "only
human" after all. For several months I thought that I'd had a kick back.
I can see that plus I can see it actually preventing injuries, which would
be the most important reason to buy the saw.
Yeah, I suspect the vast majority of people will believe that the SawStop
should be in placed in a multi user setting. Given that thought, it may
actually be a good thing if the government mandates this type of safety
device, to protect the employer from such claims.
It is easy to release the tension of the sphincter muscle as soon as the
power is off. I've found myself reaching into the bandsaw a couple of
Discussions of accidents come up here from time to time and they serve as a
reminder not to become too complacent with our tools. Easy to do. Very
Precicely, many safety steps become routine and when we are focused on the
job at hand the time it takes for a tool to come to a "complete" stop may
be perceived as shorther than it actually takes.
My cut was rather violent. Have you noticed how smooth a blade cuts through
wood? Yes, my saw blade should have cut through my thumb with ease and
smoothness also. Because the blade had "almost" come to a stop the cut was
not smooth at all. I still recall the violent vibration through my thumb as
the teeth ground through bone. That violent vibration was the primary
reason that I thought for several months that I had had a kick back.
Retuning to the shop from the ER I found all my wood neatly and safely
stacked with no blood.
Hi Frank -
I really like the saw, and the features.... I, too, don't really like the
legislative approach...and hope it's not successful. If the technology was
public domain, it'd be a different story...
Hi Joe -
I hope none of them ever fire...
I do use our shop saws here too.... and I don't think having a saw stop will
make people more sloppy... just like with air bags in the car... who wants
to *really* find out how well they work?
My misinterpretation. I equated "saw off" with saw not running, i.e.
blade not spinning.
The only breaking of skin I've ever had on a floor power tool was on a
bandsaw that wasn't running. I was spinning the wheels by hand after
putting on a new blade to get it tracking properly. Somehow, I got a
finger too close to the blade down near the cutting area and caught a
tooth just as the blade came to a stop.
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