Looks like the SawStop competition is heating up. This is a pretty good
review of the job site saw by a Bosch rep.
Nice to see that the SawStop patents did not choke the competition as
some thought might happen.
It will be interesting to see if Bosch or others will come up with a
larger more stationary saw.
Only if you don't have but the one blade. LOL
I cringe at the thought of tripping mthe break on my Forrest Dado King set.
It will be interesting to see of SawStop has a position on the blade
continuing to spin after dropping vs. their set up.
You are rehashing what is done and cannot be changed.
Would you not really like to see and hear explanations of the
differences by both parties IF you were in the market. Would you use
choice reasoning from what you were impressed by, or hearing from
either brand that it works.
Sure. Information is good but in this case what the consumer thinks
isn't important. Only the court matters.
I did read Gass' patents, though (and I used to read technical patents
as part of my job) and the things are very well written. There isn't
a lot of wiggle room around them. Gass is a lot of things but dummy
isn't one of them.
But we not being experts about this technology it would be a good thing
to hear their take. They might divulge something we might overlook.
And it would be up to us to determine if it was worth hearing. Either
way I think, if I were in the market, that I would want to hear
reasoning for details from both sides.
Strictly from a safety point of view. Technically the SS has the drop down
as an additional line of defense. Just as a possible example, either saw
could possibly jam from a build up of debris and the blade might not drop.
Then the SS might be the better setup with redundant safety.
Was a sidebar article in FWW a few months ago -- most times it appears
blades can be repaired after a SS crash. I was quite surprised how
little actual damage was incurred the blade in the one shown; the Al
brake material is quite lot soft so it just deforms not causing all that
much havoc and destruction as one imagines will be...I suspect the
laundry bill will still be nearly as expensive after any event :)
I too have heard that the brake does not necessarily damage the blade
beyond repair. But considering that, new SS cartridge $80-90. And to
simply sharpen a Forrest II 40 tooth blade plus shipping both ways is just
shy of $50. Repairs would be on top of that. So in this example, the SS
expense would be $150 minimum.
Considering that, the Bosch wins hands down. But you have to consider that
the Bosch only uses one line of defense to prevent you from being cut
during a trigger. While both saws use the drop down feature to protect
you if that feature was compromised with perhaps a build up of debris that
prevented the blade from dropping below the surface the redundant brake
feature might be the air bag thar assists the seat belt.
Not joining the argument but I'd say the likelihood of sufficient to
cause failure of the trip mechanism is miniscule at best and likely not
physically possible to accumulate sufficient mass of material in places
it would have to be to have caused same.
The far likelier issue w/ either is a sensor failure on demand I'd suspect.
That is possible too. But debris build up could happen with a stray
chunk lodging in there somewhere, these mechanisms are pretty
complicated under the hood compared to a saw with out the safety
feature. But like you said it is unlikely for that to happen but if you
are paying a premium for a safety feature redundancy might be an advantage.
The complexity is in the electronics, however, not the mechanicals.
I'd also posit the SS "brake" isn't redundant; it only works if the
retraction is successful as the blade slamming into the pawl is the
brake--if it don't retract, it don't slam.
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