Leon.... buddy.... let it go.
I learned a long time ago that people will do as they will. If the
technology is available to make woodworking or anything else we have in
our lives safer for me and you, then we will probably use it when we
find we need to or when we can make sense of the timing, dollars, and
I intend to take woodworking into retirement. However, I am no so
stupid as to believe that in my 70s I will be as mentally sharp or
physically capable as I am now. I would like that additional safety of
knowing that if I have a senior moment, or a twinge in a joint at an
inopportune time I won't lose a digit to one of my tools. I know you
feel the same way.
Other impairments are on me now, though. I get too tired meeting
deadlines, try to do too many things at once, and take for granted what
I am doing sometimes and don't pay close enough attention. I
understand what the intellectuals of the group collective are saying,
too... no such thing as an accident... all "accidents are
preventable"... if you can't do any better than that perhaps you
shouldn't be using tools... etc. Heard it all before. Truly, in a
perfect textbook world, they are correct.
However, in my world reality raises its ugly head on occasion. Shit
happens. My fault, your fault, nobody's fault, it happens. But no
matter where the fault lies, I am pissed off when the results fall on
me. So a little cushion sounds really good to me.
I don't care about the SawStop conspiracy or the attempt on their part
to change the course of my life. We can see how far that got. So now
we are where we should be, if you want the technology, buy it. If you
don't, don't do it.
I have many years of watching people follow poor safety protocols, or
none at all. They take off safety devices, blade guards, don't wear
safety glasses, don't wear respiratory protection, use broken ladders,
and do just plain stupid stuff. When they are hurt seriously for the
first time, it helps them understand the importance of safety and
safety devices. Until that time, they are bold mofos, loudly ready to
risk life and limb on prinicpal alone, standing the high ground on the
basis of their uninjured selves as examples.
Bully for them, I say. The Darwin awards are always looking for new
candidates. I don't care about the folks that don't want any safety
equipment or devices one way or another. Similarly, I don't care if
they are hurt when they disarm/remove/ignore the things that would make
their tool usage more safe under a larger variety of conditions.
Let 'em rip, Leon. (No pun intened...) You won't make or win your