Interesting. 55,000 injuries (reported) per year yet the CPSC is clearly
playing regulatory politics.
That would change in an afternoon if the head of that organization could
be coaxed into standing on the infeed side of a table saw for a couple
Even once the regulatory wheels begin to turn it will take YEARS before
saw manufacturers would have to comply with tighter standards. Research.
Public debate. Draft Standards. Phase-In. Then, eventually, POSSIBLE
Ten years of toe dragging will add up to another half-million or so
(reported) injuries. And who knows how many unreported ones where the
victim couldn't afford medical care so no record was ever made of the
And that woman doesn't even want to begin the toe-dragging part?
Life is like playing a violin in public and learning the instrument as
one goes on.
On Tue, 28 Nov 2006 02:11:49 -0500, Bill in Detroit wrote:
Yeah, she might change from "toe-dragging" to "cold day in Hell".
In any case, worksite safety is OSHA's turf, not CPSC.
Most of which are minor, and many of which Sawstop would have done nothing
to prevent (banged head on table while crouched under wing of saw, dropped
saw on foot, got splinter in eye, etc--read the incident reports, don't
just accept that they were all incidents of somebody cutting his finger
Good for her.
Personally I don't want to live in a world where the only table saws
available are monsters that take a crew or a forklift to move them and
cost several thousand dollars. The Sawstop saw is a heavy machine and it
took two iterations before they brought it to market--perhaps you should
ask yourself why--was it because they wanted to sell something equivalent
to a Unisaw or was it that the first time around the cheaper, lighter saw
self-destructed the third time the cartridge fired?
Has Sawstop _ever_ demonstrated it on a 400 buck jobsite saw? If not
perhaps you should ask why.
Posting early with no caffeine yet, be gentle.
Interesting, she says the saw stops in 3/1000 of a second yet their main
page http://sawstop.com/ only promises 5/1000 of a second. Minor but
not out of line for a reporter listed as 'a regulatory columnist '
rather than a woodworking writer. The overview page does mention 3 -
5/1000 so she's going with the 'better' number:-) Maybe she's done other
technical articles but I didn't see an immediate link to her past work.
Searching by her last name shows an interesting array of articles over
the past few months.
I didn't notice her mentioning hot Sawstop tried to force legislation
that would make their method the only one allowed, which is what started
the 'Buzz Saw of Opposition'. We'd all (well, mostly all so don't jump
down my throat for this) appreciate keeping all 10 fingers, but aren't
interested in the government 'helping' us by forcing it down our throat.
I for one would like to know how effective it would be just to drop the
blade below the table without the braking device that destructively
stops the blade. The additional mass that would have to be added to let
the saw survive that without requiring realignment, (it doesn't require
realignment does it?) would be a plus.
They don't mention it and neither does the writer but I seem to recall
someone here mentioning a show where the demonstrator took a full swing
at the running blade with a large salami and received only a minor cut
in the salami.
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