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#1 posted 08-18-2017 08:50 PM

My next door neighbor, who I generally think of as an extremely competent and careful mechanic/technician, just showed me his bandaged hand and hopes today’s surgery will save his four fingers. He was cutting a small piece of ply and did something stupid.

We’re all humans, and we all make mistakes. You can’t declare you will always be safe. No human can do that. You can improve your odds, but the reality of the number of table saw incidents is a really big issue. It tells us that it’s pretty darn easy to make mistakes around table saws.

I don’t know about you, but I make plenty of mistakes even when I’m trying really hard not to. Mistakes around table saws tend to be unforgiving – both the “can’t make a board bigger with another cut” and the “cut your finger off” ones. The large number of incidents makes “improving the odds” a difficult to win calculation. .0001×10000 is 1

My wife, who knows me pretty well, happened to be with me on a trip to the local Rockler and I was drooling over the SawStop. When I told her what it did, she insisted I buy it. Who was I to argue? But the point is that she knows, as everyone knows, that careless mistakes happen to us all. So, please don’t tell me that you decided that you won’t make mistakes around your TS. You can insist you will ALWAYS operate it safely. I claim you can’t do that. No human can.

I am VERY careful around my SS. I treat it as if the safety feature wasn’t there. I’ve never tripped it. I plan to never trip it. I try really hard to be safe. But I’m not at all willing to trust that I will actually always be safe.

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