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Blog entry by BritBoxmaker posted 03-23-2014 02:36 PM 2093 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Take a look at this for an invention

Should save a few fingers

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#1 posted 03-23-2014 02:53 PM


The SawStop has been around for quite a few years – I’ve met the inventor of this at a wood show a couple of years ago.

Never saw such a man so secure in a product before – he has complete confidence that it has and will continue to save hands and fingers!

At the wood shows, he VERY quickly jams a piece of wood with a raw hot dog on top of it (think finger on top of wood) into the blade as fast as he can and BLAM! Saw blades drops faster than you can see it and all that’s damaged on the hot dog is a tiny nick! You would see more damage from a splinter.

They ARE expensive, but I suppose balance that to the cost of a finger or hand?



-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: [email protected] /

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#2 posted 03-23-2014 03:04 PM

I’ve heard about Gass putting his finger into the blade before but have not seen it,of course using the hot dog on the saw blade video is all over the place.

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#3 posted 03-23-2014 06:57 PM

I wouldn’t put my weenie or my finger into a spinning blade…but it is interesting to see it done with Gass’s finger. Definitely makes me appreciate my SawStop. I have seen what a regular blade can do to a persons fingers and it ain’t pretty…

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#4 posted 03-23-2014 10:13 PM

I am sure if the hand touched the blade at higher speed there would be some blood.
It still would beat losing a digit or two.

for the record I have one.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#5 posted 03-25-2014 03:06 PM

A video of the inventor putting his finger into a spinning blade:

High speed close-up video caught quite a bit of detail. And believe it or not, no blood.

-- Howard - "Time spent making sawdust is not deducted from one's lifetime." - old Scottish proverb

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