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Posted on Saw Stop Goes National well kind of or do we need a nanny state

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David Craig

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#1 posted 02-19-2012 10:39 AM

I don’t feel the issue is about safety as much as an entrepreneur using the government to strong arm competitors into purchasing a product that is patented. I don’t resent Gass because he used his ingenuity to create a product that is unique and has great potential to save a woodworker’s digits. My angst is that after the terms he presented to other saw makers was turned down, he is attempting to use legislation to enforce the purchase of his product. That does not seem like a fair business practice to me. I have known several individuals who hurt themselves on a saw. I, however, do not know any that hurt themselves with blade guards in place, hold downs being utilized, push sticks in hand, and splitters in use. All existing technology that has proven to work when used.

Gass testified in hearings over tablesaw accidents that his technology would have prevented the occurrence of a mishap. That may be true, if the technology is in use. The blade break can be turned off just like riving knives, blade guards, and splitters can be removed from a tablesaw. In the end, it still boils down to an individual deciding to use the safety features that are available. No amount of regulation will change that.


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