Stephen Colbert's Take on SawStop

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Blog entry by Furnitude posted 02-18-2012 04:02 PM 11317 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ah, the beauty of satire.

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#1 posted 02-18-2012 05:28 PM

it is ridiculous that Sawstop thinks that every saw should be MANDATED to have their technology in it. Talk about strong-arming their consumers. Its an amazing technology and I really like it, but if I dont want it, I shouldnt HAVE to have it. Just another bunch of whiners and bitchers trying to get the government to force people to do something so they can make a BUTT LOAD more money.

I like Sawstop – but will probably never buy their product solely based on this ridiculousness

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#2 posted 02-18-2012 05:40 PM

What a great video clip! HAHAHA!!!

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#3 posted 02-18-2012 05:51 PM

Yep, great technology for those who want to buy it and think they need it, but others shouldn’t be forced to have it.
Now the next time someone cuts of his hand with a tablesaw,that Gas guy will probably get a team of lawyers to sue Colbert.

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#4 posted 02-18-2012 06:43 PM

Sawstop has some absolutly amazing technology. I dont think they are suffering in the sales dept. There is merit to have the table saw made safer, and from a marketing standpoint if they were priced 10% higher than competitive saws they would probably own the market. We should all have the opprotunity to purchase it. Since I have had my finger in my table saw blade and the (it goes without saying) trip to the ER as a result, I feel a particular obligation to say that I will never buy sawstop because of the lobbying efforts to force the tech into the industry. If someone else adopts technology similar I may look at it. On the good side this will increase the value of my old school Powermatic and all those unisaws that keep on ticking.

-- The basis for optimism is shear terror

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#5 posted 02-18-2012 07:04 PM

I think the government should make it a mandate not to be careless and stupid. Accidents happen because people are careless and not focused. Anyone trying to force me into anything is looking for a fight.

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#6 posted 02-18-2012 08:11 PM

SawStop technology, if it works consistently (something about which i am a bit skeptical) is great and the guy should be applauded. if you want to buy a SawStop please do, but don’t force me to buy it. in my opinion, the federal government should encourage people to take responsibility for themselves and their actions rather than paying some bureaucrat (who probably doesn’t know a table saw from a tongue depressor) to try to protect me from myself.

i would also note that in the video clip where the SawStop guy is demonstrating his technology he is demonstrating some of the poorest and most unsafe table saw techniques. if i was willing to run both of my hands (simultaneously to boot) past the saw blade like that clown did, i’d want a SawStop too. fortunately, i was trained better than that and have far too much respect for a table saw to ever do that. now, i’m not suggesting that i will never have a significant (hand/finger in the blade) type of accident – i know better. but, ultimately such things are my responsibility not the business of some over-zealous nanny bureaucrat.

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#7 posted 02-19-2012 12:08 AM

This is so funny! As many of you may know, SawStop is a sore point with me. I’m sure it’s a great saw. If that’s your thing, buy one. Just don’t demand a law to require your technology in order to sell saws. (Really this boils down to the SS guy wanting to make a shitload of money with Washington intervention.) Rubs me the wrong way. Free your product on the open market and let consumers decide if they want it.

I also question that “40,000 TS injuries” figure. Most woodworking injuries probably DO occur on the table saw. Not because it’s the most dangerous tool or the most evil…but because it is the most USED tool.

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers.

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#8 posted 02-19-2012 12:12 AM

Oh…I did love the hot babes in the video!

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers.

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#9 posted 02-19-2012 01:18 AM

I agree, it is our, not anyone elses, responsibility to be safe and use our safety equipment. You can’t legislate stupidity. I lost the tip of my right ring finger, and I don’t blame anyone but me. I was working on Chistmas presents and made a stupid mistake on my contractors saw, which is a fairly good saw. I was sawing some small pieces on my saw and was pushing the back side of the piece that had already passed through the blade, the piece was grabbed by the blade and dragged my finger back into the blade. So I was in a hurry, early in the morning, didn’t have much sleep and I was in a hurry. Bad Mix!!! I could see suing a company that had a foreman yelling at you to hurry up, or badgering and all that kind of crap. That would be an unsafe workplace. I know, I’ve worked a couple of places like that. All we would be doing would be to hurt ourselves by higher prices, and I don’t think we need it. I had a nice Hitachi contractors saw, and the saw worked great. It was me not the saw. It’s like a gun, treat it with respect and you don’t have anything to worry about.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#10 posted 02-19-2012 02:29 PM

I get real sick o “stupids”.(some people). I will say the tech saw stop has is awesome. BUT, accidents do happen no matter what you are doing, OR what you are doing it with. Maybe I should sue an envelope company for the many many paper cuts I got from the envelope being too sharp on the edges??? REALLY! Get back to COMMON SENSE, and work safely. My opinion, most accidents are operator error. The same for firearms: a gun does kill, BUT, it has to be done by someone who pulls the trigger..thus: the OPERATOR !!

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#11 posted 02-26-2012 03:51 PM

“A shoe”...I just spit coffee all over my laptop. Too funny!!! (Man, I miss having cable…every once in a while.)

-- If I could just get this whole "Time/Money" problem figured out...

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