And since dado cuts do not protrude through the wood, it's not
possible to hit the blade while making a dado to begin with. Besides,
we're talking about kickback, that's damn hard to do while making a
Not hard to do at all, IME... Freud even has dado stacks with an
anti-kickback feature, IIRC.
The slightest accidental twist (not hard to do because it generally takes
more force, both downward and into the blade, to push stock through a dado
stack) is all it takes ... particularly with those cuts requiring a miter
Not something pleasant to experience.
The default guard is usually mounted on a splitter that should go a
long way to prevent the kickback in the first place...
To answer the question about insurance issues. Sure folk can self
insure, but if you self insure without understanding the risks its a
There is something of a difference between a saw in the hands of an
experienced professional and a saw in a room full of teens... I am
surprised that anyone wants to go in for that particular job.
Oh, geez, here we go *again*. SawStop has been discussed here (and just plain
cussed) at great length _at_least_ three different times. :-b
Do a Google Groups search on this NG for Saw Stop (or SawStop, without the
space) and "false positive". I imagine you'll find a bit of info...
Doug Miller (alphageek at milmac dot com)
Most of the owners like the saw even though some have reported some false
stops. The manufacturer helped solve the problem. LeeValley is replacing
all of their work shop saws in their store with the SawStop.
FWIW I would much rather have a false stop than not have a stop when it is
suppose to stop.
A google search of rec.woodworking will turn up a thread a few months
In this thread a small commercial shop had some mis-fires that were
eventually diagnosed to one particular employee. A filter sent free of
charge by Sawstop, prevented further mis-fires, and a few days later
this same employee had his thumb saved by the mechanism.
I think some of the concerns folks have relate to it providing a false
sense of security. You still need to treat with the same respect as any
other tablesaw. It can, and will, kickback with some impressive force.
It's like airbags in a car. You still need a seatbelt. You still need
to drive safely.
People that don't fasten their seatbelts because, "I've got airbags,"
or are careless with their table saw because, "It's a SawStop," are
just accidents waiting to happen. Like Ron White says: "You can't fix
That said, I've been running one for about 6 months now and have had no
misfires to date. I consider it a worthwhile investment on 2 fronts:
1) If I should have an attack of stupidity, it should, at the very
least, leave me fixable.
2) It gives SWMBO peace of mind when I'm down in the shop.
One parting FYI, SawStop and Freud dados reportedly do not play well
together. Something like the Freud being a bit smaller than 8" and not
supplying a strong enough signal to prevent false positives. The
SawStop rep said the Forrester dado was known to work, so I went with
that instead of the Freud. This may have been fixed by now, but as I
have a working dado, I have no inclination to persue it.
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