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I'm all for safety (also motherhood and apple pie), but I've never liked the way SS achieves it. From the beginning, I was convinced it's not necessary to stop the blade, it only needs to drop beneath the table. Slamming it into that sacrificial aluminum block is like stopping your car by driving into a bridge abutment.

Bosch came up with a rival design (I actually saw one in the flesh at my local hardware store), but I believe SS sued and shut them down. Too bad, because I like to see any monopoly challenged. Videos of Bosch's looked good, and much easier and cheaper to reset in the event of a triggering. And it didn't ruin the blade.
 

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Am I the only one who finds the claim that there are "thousands of table saw amputations" every year a bit suspect? Heck, if you want big numbers, why not claim there are hundreds of thousands, or even millions?
 
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