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Posted on Just wondering: SawStop opinions wanted

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#1 posted 08-10-2012 06:43 PM

I look at it this way. I don’t buy a car because of the number of airbags it has or it’s accident avoidance feature. The sawstop brake technology is nice, but also flawed. There is no denying it. I’ll be honest and say if I owned it, it would be in bypass mode 90% of the time. I wouldn’t feel like changing the cartridge when I am using a dado blade, and I don’t want to take a risk in a false positive trigger if I nick a stable I didn’t see or cut some wood with a high moisture content. If you think they are rare, talk to people who sell the cartridges.

As with a car, I know I could have an accident at any time. I also know that the more safety equipment that is there, the better I will come out of it. Because I am willing to accept certain risks in the name of performance or price, I make sure the safety equipment I am getting is all it can be. Yes, I am very concerned about laceration hazards on a table saw, but like with some cars ability to brake or steer for you, I think I’ll pass.

In that market segment, I would easily take a JET, Unisaw, or Powermatic over a saw stop.


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