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Beginning Woodworker Just Starting Out #7: I injured myself on a SawStop today...

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Blog entry by Jimi_C posted 08-15-2010 03:58 AM 1210 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 6: New Toys Part 7 of Beginning Woodworker Just Starting Out series Part 8: Belated X-mas tools »

Go figure. I was at the local Woodcraft, picking up some stuff for my dust collection setup when I noticed a SawStop in the back – so I thought I’d check it out for a bit, not really having a chance to when I’d been in the store before (I usually hit it on my lunch break, since it’s around the corner from my work). I had read that it had a tool-less riving guard, so I popped the ZCI out and poked around, seeing that it has a twist lever for release. The force to use the lever was pretty heavy, that is until the last quarter turn was left – at which time my hand slipped right up into the underside of the riving knife’s pawls.

I’m not sure if this helps or hurts the case to my wife that I need a SawStop…

-- The difference between being defeated and admitting defeat is what makes all the difference in the world - Upton Sinclair, "The Jungle"



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William

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#1 posted 08-15-2010 04:12 AM

Hey! Since the government trying to get involved in wood shop tools safety on this matter started with a guy suing another company for getting hurt on a saw that didn’t have sawstop technology, maybe you could sue sawstop for getting hurt with their technology and the government would leave us alone.

PLEASE note that I’m making a joke.

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JJohnston

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#2 posted 08-15-2010 04:13 AM

Sounds like it wasn’t adjusted right. Mine has about 1/4 turn TOTAL movement, and it’s about finger tight at the most. This is per the manual.

-- "Sometimes even now, when I'm feeling lonely and beat, I drift back in time, and I find my feet...Down on Main Street." - Bob Seger

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Jimi_C

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#3 posted 08-15-2010 04:22 AM

The one I was looking at had about 180 degrees of turn, from about 6 o-clock to 12 o-clock. It was somewhere between 9-10 when the tension really gave.

-- The difference between being defeated and admitting defeat is what makes all the difference in the world - Upton Sinclair, "The Jungle"

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Manitario

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#4 posted 08-15-2010 04:25 AM

I’m sorry for your injury but slightly amused by the irony of it.

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

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JJohnston

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#5 posted 08-15-2010 04:31 AM

I went out and checked mine – it’s been a while since I had a dado blade on it. It goes from about 7:00 to 12:00. I still think theirs wasn’t right. Mine starts out at no more than finger tight, goes up easy, and at about 10:00, all the tension is gone, and it feels like there’s a spring in there that assists the lever the rest of the way up.

-- "Sometimes even now, when I'm feeling lonely and beat, I drift back in time, and I find my feet...Down on Main Street." - Bob Seger

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Dusty56

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#6 posted 08-15-2010 04:45 AM

Sorry for your Boo-Boo , but….LMAO…I don’t think that I would admit this to the whole world !!!
Tell us that you first checked to see if it was plugged in or not.
I think you may have a case against SS and WC…think about the money , Jimi !!
Just kidding : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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Jimi_C

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#7 posted 08-15-2010 05:21 AM

Thanks for confirming I’m not crazy JJ :)

@Dusty56: Yeah, I had to laugh about it. I’d be lying if I didn’t secretly hope the SawStop inventor reads this and feels so bad for overlooking that safety feature he’ll send me one for free… damnit, I can dream! :D

-- The difference between being defeated and admitting defeat is what makes all the difference in the world - Upton Sinclair, "The Jungle"

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ShopDogs

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#8 posted 08-15-2010 01:55 PM

I was hanging a first aid cabinet a few years ago and cut myself so deeply I needed stiches! And I had people watching, so I couldn’t make a some heroic story to explain the injury.

Michael

-- ShopDogs, Tulsa, OK The tools aren't the problem-It's the organic interface!

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helluvawreck

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#9 posted 08-15-2010 02:01 PM

Sorry about the injury. Boy Howdy, would I love to have a Woodcraft store right around the corner from my job.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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live4ever

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#10 posted 08-18-2010 01:45 AM

lol, I’ve had the same injury on my SS

The tool-less RK/guard change still rocks though.

-- Optimists are usually disappointed. Pessimists are either right or pleasantly surprised. I tend to be a disappointed pessimist.

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