Bandsaws--not generally the woodworking type--are used in almost all butcher
shops, and in many hunting camps. I've helped cut up deer with such a saw.
"Man is the only animal that blushes. Or needs to." Mark Twain
No, it does not withdraw, it stops the blade instantaneously
(almost). It is like a super fast brake. It has been a while since
I saw the article, but IIRC the device has to be replaced once it
has been activated. That may have changed.
Here you go. There is a click-to-order link right on this page:
Actually, on the NPR piece they interviewed at least one or two
people who had them in use.
The people interviewed who had them were contractors and/or
cabinet shops. The impression I got was they had bought
them and were using them. Now a couple were waiting for
delivery also, so I don't know if there are truly more
than a few early production/prototypes out there or what.
I don't really care, but it *sounded* like they were in
The report from FWW last month explained the delay. 3-4 years ago
(don't think it was 5) the inventor tried to market it to conventional
saw designers to include as an option on normal saws. It didn't sell.
Conspiracy theorists might suspect that by placing this protection on
*some* saws, hen manufacturers would be admitting that unequipped saws
are dangerous, raising their liability level. The SawStop company gave
up and set up manufacturing themselves, though I believe they still
would be willing to market the components to other manufacturers.
I've heard that, but never seen an actual cite for it. If you could
point me to one, I'd be happy to loathe them for ethical reasons as
well as my current dislike of them for marketing and development reasons.
Yabut, there's an "order now" button on the website I hear... probably
no ship date, but you can order one.
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