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Posted on Considering Buying a SawStop - Thoughts?

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#1 posted 11-13-2018 04:46 AM

Third, I had a student cut off a finger with the Sawstop, he had the saw unplugged and the blade was jammed. When he unstuck the blade it spun and took off his finger, because it was unplugged it didn t activate the cartridge.

- Jacksdad

Was that the fault of the saw or the user? I don t know either way, which is why I ask. Regardless, that s just a terrible thing to happen.

- ColonelTravis

There have been some instances where it wasn’t the perfect tool to have, and all I have heard about them was that user was most definitely at fault, because the saws guard was not in use. This is my issue with the weenie cutting technology. People using it almost always shed the guards. Really is hard to get your fingers to something that is covered up.

Anyone who has ever been out of the house knows that mechanical things sometimes fail, trusting the weenie cutter to save you from yourself is a silly bet. That BS argument that they can’t see what they are doing??? TS folks, 2 kinds of cut RIP, and CROSSCUT. Rip you are keeping the stock against the fence, that is what you need to be looking at. Crosscut either a miter gauge, or sled in use and you will sight where you are going long before you go, if you are doing it right. So you do NOT need to see the cut.

If you want to buy a SS, go for it, just use the guards. Page 5 on the owners manual says you are wrong if you don’t. In court you will lose, because they tell you to use the guards.

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