SawStop Cures the Idiot!!

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Blog entry by DrAllred posted 11-11-2010 03:51 AM 6776 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, I love the SawStop Table Saw, Technology is just absolutely great.

So this is the story, and I am still able to type with all of my fingers, but one is a bit painful to do so.

I was in the shop, working on some small projects that I have been toying with and making jigs to create them in an easier way than just brute force. I had just finished recovering a lot of 1.5” plywood from a pallet I got from work. In doing so I had to use the riving knife on the table saw as the guard was getting in the way. I then started on a project and it required me to make a few gluing culls to keep things in line. Well, I went to the saw and cut one set, glued up that project, and then started on the second one and again went and cut some scrap boards for culls.

Things happen fast, I did not have the guard on, I just finished cutting a board and the side with the cutoff was my hand it was about 5” away, I had just hit the off switch with my leg and this little jiggle bumped the board and the blade caught it, spun it around and smacked my left hand, the force and the surprise of it hitting my hand, forced it into the side of the blade. Now remember, I just turned off the saw. The force of my finger going into the side of the blade ripped the skin, the saw reacted and stopped the blade and retracted it, as the blood smear shows, the tooth of the blade on the way down also cut the finger.

I am thankful for the technology that was placed in the saw, even after power was turned off and the blade was still spinning, it worked.

THANK YOU SAWSTOP!!! I can’t say more.

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Now, I will just go to Timber Machinery in Mesa, AZ and order a new brake and blade. No hospital visit required.

Picture time, sorry these were taken with my cell phone.

-- David, Mesa Arizona

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#1 posted 11-11-2010 04:18 AM

Wow. Things happen soooo fast. I just bought my SawStop. My wife said that if I was to continue this hobby, this was the only saw I could buy. It’s so new in my shop I haven’t even used it yet. I’ve been busy getting my dust collection and electrical in order first. I am very grateful a saw like this was invented and produced. Thanks for sharing your story.

-- Travis, South Dakota

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#2 posted 11-11-2010 04:31 AM

Woulda been lot worse without Sawstop! So what happens now do you have to order new part for the saw and is the blade still useable?

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#3 posted 11-11-2010 04:32 AM

Send the fired cartridge back to SS and they’ll give you a fresh one in exchange. No need to buy another, unless you want a spare.

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

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#4 posted 11-11-2010 04:37 AM

David, this is one “accident” story that I enjoyed hearing about. The saw did its job. The cost of the blade, which may be repairable, and brake are more than justified when compared with the damage that could have been done to your finger and/or hand.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#5 posted 11-11-2010 05:21 AM

Fantastic news that the saw stop works! Even better you still have the finger. Thanks for sharing. Rand

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#6 posted 11-11-2010 05:54 AM

I gotta say that I was feelin a bit woozy after seeing that finger. The blood doesn’t bother me, but if I stop to think about what happened I could be down for the count. The good thing is that there is a finger to see. Praise God! I hope it heals quickly.

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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#7 posted 11-11-2010 07:19 AM

Thanks for posting this; I’ve seen the SawStop demo a number of times, but haven’t heard too many real life stories of it stopping a serious injury.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#8 posted 11-11-2010 07:47 AM

Thanks everyone for the comments. I will be contacting SawStop in the morning and see what they say. The Blade, if it is repairable or not I am getting a better one.

The finger is not that bad, it hurts when I bump it, but I will be changing the bandage, only one finger tip bandage used so far, here in a few minutes to one that will last the night, also to clean it out again.

The demo is great, but a hot dog going slow and directly straight on is not realistic in my opinion. The real accidents happen when a kick back or some one reaching for a board. If you look close at the blade you will see two blood marks, the initial by the C in Combination then as the blade retracted the second one near the teeth just below the last N in Combination.

I am thankful for the technology in the saw and would without hesitation recommend it to everyone.

-- David, Mesa Arizona

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#9 posted 11-11-2010 02:55 PM

I really dislike the title of you post – With no disrespect to you maybe it should read “Sawstop saved the idiots finger”. I am glad that you fingers are OK and I know the technology very well as I have worked with it in other applications dating back to 1999 when the sawstop inventor first tried to get his invention licensed by Delta, Powermatic, Jet etc. The micro that saved your fingers is called qprox, which apparently Atmel has since purchased. It’s all good stuff but it doesn’t cure the idiot, so far it has saved a few fingers and due to slimy litigators brought on to many predatory law suits. If you have noticed in all the magazines woodworking shows they are now using the Sawstop, not because it is a superior tool but because if they don’t they will become a target of another predatory law suit…

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#10 posted 11-11-2010 05:05 PM

Glad you’re ok.

Discovery Channel show TimeWarp did a segment on the SawStop. If you haven’t heard of TimeWarp, they take really fast things and slow them down using 10,000 frames a second high speed cameras. Very neat to watch. Well they did one on the SawStop from within the table and you see what actually occurs when it senses a current. They used a hotdog, AND the inventor himself demonstrated it at 10,000 frames a second using his very own finger.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#11 posted 11-12-2010 06:46 AM

Glad you are not seriously hurt. I was looking up info on the SawStop and came upon your post. My wife asked me to consider the saw stop after my incident sunday with my jointer.
Which saw do you have?
How does it compare with the others? I am loking to make my shop as safe as possible.

-- mrg

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#12 posted 11-12-2010 07:59 AM

mrg, I have the contractors saw with the 52” extension, basically the entry level table saw, price was the main driver behind it and that I needed to move it around in the shop. If I had a choice and I had plenty of 220V circuits I would have gone for the cabinet 3hp model. As far as other saw brands, I was looking at the Powermatic brands really strong, but then the wife, mom and dad said to get SawStop, so I did. It cuts good for my needs at this time.

Right now I can’t say more than than I am thankful the it works. I was able to go to my full time job and work a full day and the only thing I have is a band-aid on my finger.

Good luck in finding one that will suit your needs, and since you had an accident with the joiner, I know you are thinking safety first.

-- David, Mesa Arizona

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#13 posted 02-05-2011 12:34 AM

Let me say I am very glad that you are OK, and this new invention is a marvel and well worth it, you are the proof of that, but, that being said, this should bring up a very important issue to all of us, SAFETY!!! I used to work in a machine shop, I was a real rookie at the time, one day with a milling machine stopped, I touched the bit to see how sharp it was, that was dumb, I know, well it was sharp all right, and it sliced me a little, my boss then lectured me some, and said every machine in here has been waiting for the chance to cut someone, I really got the point, and have been extremely careful around every kind of machine since. There is no safety measure more effective than being careful, accidents do happen, and they can hit you right when you least expect it. Unfortunately I was hurt about a year ago, I was flicking some goop off of my thumb into the garbage, but, my hand accidentally hit a clamp I had sitting on the bench, took a chunk out of my thumb knuckle the size of an pencil eraser, I was left handed for 3 weeks. My point is that there is no safety mechanism that can save you, a trip in the shop, a slip with a chisel, and so on. I have had a serious kick back happen to me also, wood flew, and the whole table saw moved about 6 inches, but, I was safe because I never stand in front of the blade when I am cutting something unless it is supported from both sides, when a cut has to be made that the cut off piece is too small to hold I stand to the side so that in the event of a problem I am out of harms way, there is a number of ways to minimize the possibility of an accident and I spend a good amount of time considering as many as possible, as I am sure we all do, if it does not feel right, then probably it’s a good idea not to do it. This tool with it’s quick stop function sounds great, but, remember to be safe in all you do. Very important subject, thank you for bring it up and again I am very glad that you are OK. Thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#14 posted 02-05-2011 12:54 AM

I’m so glad your injury wasn’t worse. Every time I read stories like yours I can’t help to think about some of the post of people who don’t like Saw Stop because of It’s inventor or it cost to much or they have been using a table saw for 30 years why do they need a SS or all you have to do is be careful. Everyones entitled to their opinion but the proof is in the results. I recommend SS to all my students and wish every one could own one.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#15 posted 02-06-2011 02:38 AM

I’m glad you escaped serious injury David I wish I had a Sawstop 5 years ago my back just gave way at the tablesaw & I fell & pushed my hand across the blade, I lost the middle two fingers on my right hand. Luckily I can still sign the cheques & play my guitar although I use a pick nowadays. The only good news is I get 20% discount on manicures (well you have to retain your sense of humour don’t you?)
Best regards

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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