A side note: The pinky and ring finger carpal bones are flexible
within the hand, allowing for those fingers to best grasp and hold
objects.... pretty important tasks for those fingers. The thumb and
forefinger (and the middle finger) carpal bones are ridgid, within the
hand, and are most used to manipulate objects, also pretty important
tasks. The middle finger is "least important" for grasping and/or
manipulating objects. He "sacrifice" his least important finger on
his left hand. I'll bet he's right handed, too. I wouldn't think the
camera's being on the right side was coincidence, either.
If nothing else (and there really is nothing else) losing the middle
finger would at least give you and others a standing joke to work
"What was the toughest part about losing your middle finger?"
"Learning to drive again."
Interesting observation, though. Which finger would someone pick to
lose if they had to lose one? I'm guessing pretty much everyone would
pick the pinky.*
* Good grief - my spellchecker just flagged pinky.
The (pinky, pinkie?) 5th carpal digit is the strongest grasping
finger. Grab your (opposite) thumb and squeeze with each 5th, 4th and
3rd digit, individually, and see which applies the most force. The
pinky is a keeper, even for your lesser dominant hand.
I don't believe he risked any finger. If the Sawstop mechanism had failed
he would have had a little nick on the end of one finger, but the blade
wouldn't have been able to grab enough meat to haul his hand onto the blade
as his finger was just barely within reach of the tip of the teeth. But it
still gave me the creeps.
I've seen the hotdog demonstration many times and often wondered "if it's so
great, why isn't anyone using their finger instead of a hotdog?" Now I know.
In order to instill faith in a product, it's creator must apply a true life
scenario. He did, I'm convinced.
That reminds me of the demo the guy that invented the ground fault
interrupter circuit was to said have done.
He grabbed one hot 120V wire, with the ground in a pool, and jumped in.
Balls, in both cases.
What I haven't seen yet is a real-life slip and a quick hand into the
whole blade. I'll bet it would do a whole lot more damage, albeit
saving most of the hand.
Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air...
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Ever read about the first public demonstration of the Otis Safety Elevator?
"By 1854, [Elisha] Otis was exhibiting a working model of his invention at the
Crystal Palace Exhibition in New York. When his rising platform reached the
top, 40 feet above the assembled crowds below, he had an assistant
dramatically cut the hoist rope and, like a good showman, bow to the gasps of
the onlookers when the elevator did not fall. The New York Tribune called the
demonstration "sensational" (labeling Otis, "Mr. Safety Elevator Man")."
Okay already...we know it works.
But what I am hearing, from all over, is that it is an exceptional
piece of equipment as a saw.
Right up there with General 650 etc.
A 'TRUE' endorsement of the builder's confidence would be if he were
to demo it with his dick.
THAT would be cringe-worthy... after all, he's got ten fingers.....
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