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Blog entry by SteveV posted 2695 days ago 4611 reads 0 times favorited 38 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just discovered this great Web site the other day through the Wood Whisperer’s site which is another great site!! When creating my profile or was it when I responded to a couple of blog entries I must have mention my table saw meets thumb story.

In the last 24 hrs I have gotten 2 requests to explain the incident in hopes it will prevent others from doing the same. First, let me say, it was a “cheap” lesson seeing that I only lost the tip or 1/2 inch but just enough to cut through the bone making it a painful and memorable moment.

I try to be so careful with my tools and I’m not a total amateur either but here are the mistakes made in order of stupidness …

1. I did not have the guard on while making a 8 ft rip cut on a 6 inch wide piece of plywood.

2. I left a scrap rip cut leaning against my out feed roller

3. Had my left hand on the table to separate the cut as it finished (I never do this)

4. Working too many hrs to get the job done

What happened?? As I fed the last piece of the night into the table saw, it started pushing the other piece of scrap off the out feed roller and into my drive way (the plan). However, what “I think” happened was that scrap stood up and just as I finished the cut it fell over and as I caught it moving out of the corner of my eye I must have flinched touching my thumb into a very sharp blade.

Hope this helps others … how many of you do not use your guard when making rip cuts because its a pain to put on and remove?? This accident kept me from wood working and golf for 4 months (golf longer).



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Bill Cowan

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#1 posted 2695 days ago

Very sorry to hear of your accident. I was guilty today of making rip cut 50inches on some Jatoba w/o the blade gaurd. However the riving knife was installed. Sheessshhh I even have a Saw Stop. Your story, puts me back on the gaurd, and the blade gaurd goes back on. Literally I can put the gaurd on this saw in 5 seconds flat. Don’t know if you’ve seen how the gaurds come on and off, but this saw is a beaut. There’s no reason with this ease that i shouldn’t be using it. And i really don’t want to take the saws ability to stop the blade for granted. (My blades are 120 each, plus 69 for a new brake mechanisim puts me right at 200). Again, sorry for your mishap, but thanks for the wake up call.

-- ICN, Bill, (http://www.coachbillcowan.com)

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oscorner

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#2 posted 2695 days ago

Thanks for sharing your mishap with us. I know that we should all use our guards, but according to your explaination of what happened, it sounds like the scrap piece of plywood was the real culprit. If you wouldn’t have reacted to it falling towards you, then you wouldn’t have put your thumb into the blade. I think that this point needs to be driven home, too (not to leave scraps on the saw that can become a distractant or projectile).

-- Jesus is Lord!

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SteveV

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#3 posted 2695 days ago

You’re too right!! I am actually better at keeping my work area clear now than using the guard but the guard is on for almost 95% of my rip cuts now. The other thing I did was make my self a nice cross cut sled.

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Rob McCune

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#4 posted 2695 days ago

Not to hijack the thread, but there is a place in Fresno, CA called Ideal Saw Works that is having a grand opening of it’s new store on Friday & Saturday and they are going to do several demo’s of the SawStop on the even hours. There is a 10% discount on most power tools, including the sawstop. Might be a nice opportunity for someone to get one. Of course it is still a $2400 saw even with that discount.

-- Rob McCune

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dennis mitchell

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#5 posted 2695 days ago

Lot of money for a saw, but I can’t see any school or business with over 3 employees having any other saw. Just looking at as a saw it looks like one sweet machine.

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Karson

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#6 posted 2695 days ago

Dennis they say that the OSHA expenses for on the job accidents are way more than the cost of the saw.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Obi

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#7 posted 2695 days ago

So having a Saw Stop should reduce the Workman’s Comp costs And insurance costs

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Karson

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#8 posted 2695 days ago

Thats what they say.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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dennis mitchell

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#9 posted 2695 days ago

The technology is just starting. $2500.00 thats only one monthes wages for the poor guy who is behind the saw all day long, five days a week. What I can’t figure out is why the big guys , Dewalt, portacable,ect., would not take the chance. ( I know their lawyers and insurance people said no) I hope they get left behind like Kodac. You know the difference between a dead lawyer in the middle of the road and a dead skunk in the middle of the road?

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Obi

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#10 posted 2695 days ago

People will try to dodge the skunk?

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dennis mitchell

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#11 posted 2695 days ago

There where skid marks in front of the skunk.

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Karson

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#12 posted 2695 days ago

All you need is one poor fingerless person who had his digits cut off by a Dewalt saw and a sharp lawyer asking them did you have the technology to build a saw that would have saved my client these injuries.

The problem is the blade stops so fast on the sawstop (faster than air bags in your car) that it would tear a contractors saw apart from the torque. You need a 1000 lb saw to take that pressure.

You can’t build a contractors saw with that technology and sell it for 599.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Obi

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#13 posted 2695 days ago

Jury’s don’t care how much torque a saw has. The Saw Stop technology is going to be standard pretty soon, or Dewalt, Hitachi, Ryobi are all gonna be owned by Jones, Brown and Smith

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Karson

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#14 posted 2695 days ago

I agree.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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scottb

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#15 posted 2695 days ago

A former co-worker of mine had an accident and lost a few partial digits on his left hand. I think they were able to reattach most of them, and I hear he’s managing just fine now. Personally I’d rather shell out the cash and not have to worry about it. A new blade might not look cheap, but it sure is cheaper than surgery and missed work.

What pleases me about Sawstop, is that they are reported to be good saws, safety features or not.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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