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Posted on How safe is Sawstop?

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#1 posted 08-18-2017 08:31 PM

There are ways to design equipment so that errors will tend to cause false triggers rather than NOT triggering when it should. I strongly suspect they have designed it this way.

Of course, nothing is ever perfect, so I’m sure there is some possibility, and perhaps it has actually happened. But I doubt it is high enough to even consider it a factor in a purchasing decision.

As a SawStop owner, even if the brake were only going to be effective 90% of the time, I like those odd way better than the 0% of the time other saws provide. And I’m sure the reliability is 99.9+%.

Keep in mind there is some type of electronics, probably a microprocessor that performs systems checks every time the saw is turned on. So it has some ability to detect problems before the blade even turns.

And of course, there are others dangers besides putting your finger into the blade to be concerned with, so a SawStop isn’t going to ensure you never hurt yourself. But ti does make it really hard to cut off your fingers.

-- Clin

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