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#1 posted 05-11-2011 03:52 PM

I love the idea of SawStop, but I don’t (yet) own one. But the problem is that the table saw is not the only machine in the shop. When are the SawStop people going to figure out how to do their magic on a joiner or a bandsaw or a miter saw?

There’s a fellow working here who lost a few fingertips on a bandsaw. Another friend and co-worker of mine sawed his watch in two with a miter saw. Lots of blood, but the watch saved his arm. He’s a very fortunate fellow.

We need more, not less, of the safety gear. Miter saws should come equipped with some pretty good clamping stuff so that we don’t have to hold the workpiece, and it should be made easier to use than holding the workpiece. The way to go is get our hands and arms and fingers out of the way. Yeah, it’s going to cost more, but it’s worth it.

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