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#1 posted 04-24-2011 05:35 AM

The quickest way to start a range war among woodworkers is to ask about a SawStop. I don’t own one but I have thought about getting one for a few reasons. I used one during a demo and it was a nice piece of equipment. I was also told because the safety device really slams the system, this saw had to be constructed to handle that force. Don’t know if it is true or not.

I don’t like the way the company is managed but I also think the CEO of the company where I work is overpaid and pretty ineffective and I still work there so leaving that out of the discussion, I don’t think you would make a big mistake in buying one.

If I have to question anything with regards to the entire blade brake safety system in general it is because of something I read a while back. The comment came from a high school shop teacher. He said since using the SawStops in the shop class it was activated a few times in the first year. And in the previous 20+ years they had but I think two small accidents. So does using this saw actually cause you to be less cautious, thus developing bad habits? Not sure, but I can say this. Years ago I used to train hazardous material responders. We found when people wore PPE they were not as careful and relyed on the clothing to protect them. I used to pour honey or chocolate syrup over a container to simulate a leak. You would be surprised all the things they ended up contaminating, that they later would touch without protection. It was a way to teach them that a pair of gloves is not a pass to be sloppy.

Just my thoughts. Good luck with your decision.

-- Ron, Kutztown, PA "The reward is in the journey."

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