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Posted on GRR-Ripper Versus the Saw Stop Table Saw When It Comes To Safety.

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#1 posted 01-15-2015 04:05 PM

Blackie, I also have a Saw Stop and agree with gtbuzz that these two items are separate parts of addressing table saw safety. Re saw blade – in early December I caused the safety mech to fire by foolishly trying to brush saw dust away after a cut, brushing the side of my right hand little finger on the blade. Result was a tiny nick that did not bleed.
Saw Stop replaced the cartridge for free. The Forest Woodworker II blade was slightly embedded in the cartridge and came free with no apparent damage.
Shipped blade to Forest. They examined, realigned blade and resharpened for about $55. Having used the blade for about 3 years the resharpening was probably due anyway. Got blade back and it works like a charm. So in my case the blade was not destroyed. My guess is quality blades may fair better when the saw fires. At least it did so in my single case.
When I bought the saw the safety feature was important, Since then the quality of the SS saw has been much appreciated.
I’d would like to hear from those with Grippers as to when this device is useful and how they feel about the additional safety.

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