Wonderful - Man sues Ryobi and HD because he cut himself on the saw

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Blog entry by David Craig posted 03-09-2010 02:59 PM 4521 reads 1 time favorited 94 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Not sure who all heard the news for today, but a lawsuit was won against Ryobi for not incorporating blade stop technology on their saw. This guy apparently fed his hand through the tablesaw and Ryobi is to blame for not protecting him. I hope this gets overturned. I believe blade stop is a good thing to have available but there is a reason why I do not have a SawStop which has to do with cost. If this goes through, there are going to be a ton of lawsuits filed against many saw manufacturer who have not incorporated the device due to cost restraints.

Here is the article...


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#1 posted 03-09-2010 03:21 PM

I think hammers should come with a thumb detection feature. Whats $700 for a hammer if it could just save one thumb! :)

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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David Craig

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#2 posted 03-09-2010 03:30 PM

Exactly… Where does it end?

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#3 posted 03-09-2010 03:32 PM

Every thing is always someone elses fault.

-- Alex

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#4 posted 03-09-2010 03:34 PM

we could sue the lumber suppliers ,

for leaving splinters in the wood ,

or because the boards are to short !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#5 posted 03-09-2010 03:35 PM

LOL, and drills should come with a finger detector, too. Oh, and pliers should have a softer handle so they won’t pinch.

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#6 posted 03-09-2010 03:35 PM

Once had an instructor who served as a safety expert on a trial against craftsman. Guy using a radial arm saw pulls the carriage all the way forward and then feeds the saw back into the workpiece while holding the piece with one arm across the path of the saw. Craftsman had diagrams and pictures in the manual on how to operate the machine but lost the case because it was not labeled on the machine itself. Safety devices are great if you know how to run the machines correctly in the first place.


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#7 posted 03-09-2010 03:40 PM

ashahidan posted a question about building a homemade tablesaw. If he doesn’t incorporate the latest technology, he might end up being able to sue himself and get rich!

-- Chuck Bender, period furniture maker, woodworking instructor

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David Craig

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#8 posted 03-09-2010 03:42 PM

Your comment made me grin David. Sue the pencil manufacturer because the lines are not straight or correct? Surely those bad cuts are not my fault… :)

I sit here with a few scabs due to my stupidity with a flush cut japanese saw and I know have a scroll saw stand with a couple extra holes in it. My faults and flaws are the true original items in my work. I treasure them and I am not about to give credit for them to anyone else :)

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#9 posted 03-09-2010 03:46 PM

it has been reported that common sense is not so common anymore

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#10 posted 03-09-2010 03:48 PM

...and can I sue Martin coz his web’s stealing my workshop time..? ha ha ha…!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#11 posted 03-09-2010 03:49 PM

You mean I could buy more tools if I sued and won for all the little cuts and scratches I have????
I could bite the hand that feeds my woodworking addiction!
Some people need to take personal responsibility for their own stupidity!
As Shakespeare said in Richard III – first we kill all the lawyers !!
Maybe you should not be able to turn on a tool until you have read the manual – we could put a computer chip in there and you would have to recite the manual to the chip… this could get really crazy!!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#12 posted 03-09-2010 03:52 PM

A young man (18)that lives down the street is always wanting to help out in the shop. I wont let him use any power tools for fear of something like this happening. Lawsuits like this allow people to act reckless and irresponsible and the rest of us has to pay for it

-- Dennis Trenton Ohio And life is worth the living just because He lives!

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#13 posted 03-09-2010 04:02 PM

It kind of reminds me of the old Family Circus comic – when asked “who broke the vase?” is was always that rascal Not Me. Woodworking with power tools is a dangerous hobby – if the risk is too much for someone, then they should:
A. Find another hobby – stamp collecting maybe (but don’t sue when you get a paper cut)
B. Switch to hand tools – remember, sharp part of the tool towards the wood, not your hand
C. Get a Sawstop – hell, Ryobi should counter-sue – obviously, he knew that the Sawstop technology was out there, but bought a saw without it anyway – sounds like criminal negligance to me.

Joking aside, I do feel bad that he was injured, but I cannot agree with the lawsuit – after all, it’s a poor craftsman indeed who blames the tools.

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#14 posted 03-09-2010 04:10 PM

Gee Whiz, my coffe is awful hot. This was the beginning of a lot of stupid ” its all their fault” lawsuits.

-- Even a broken clock is right twice a day, unless, it moves at half speed like ....-As the Saw Turns

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#15 posted 03-09-2010 04:17 PM

”... an expert witness for the defense acknowledged that if the saw had the flesh detection technology, it would have created a 1/8-inch deep cut on one finger …” Yeah, but it’s not that the technology wasn’t available, he chose not to use it.

Jury trials! I know a woman who used to be a court clerk. She always said if you are guilty, do not waive your right to a jury trial because you can convince a jury of anything.

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