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#1 posted 08-14-2012 04:57 PM

There is no doubt it is a good traditional table saw, however as I mentioned a traditional table saw is a dangerous tool.
I wish manufacturers would get in on the REAL sliding saw market and give us some cheaper options with a standard 5/8” arbor,10” blades, optional scoring blade (I rarely use sheet goods so it is of little value) and more geared to the hardcore weekend warrior than the production shop.
In doing research I feel the safety advantages to a sliding table FAR surpass a gimmicky blade brake. The saw stop will only protect you if the danger is imminent and unavoidable. Sliders change the way you work and eliminate a lot of the operations that create that imminent situation. That is real innovation and an example of “built in” and not bolted on.

This relates to my formal work background in proper IT procedures using Six Sigma (LEAN), ITIL, and various ISO standards. Sawstop is focusing a lot of effort on fixing a symptom (laceration hazard). Someone needs to take a holistic look and fix the problem that table saws are dangerous. Just as an exercise, let’s go through the “5 whys”. I like to do this but it makes you sound like a 4 year old.

Problem: Table saws hurt people
Because people get cut (Sawstop technology stops here, thus not offering a REAL solution, just a flawed band-aid that addresses a symptom), or the piece can kick back.
Because you have to push the wood through the blade using your hands, and sometimes your hands are pretty close. Also the piece can get stuck between the blade and the fence and possibly thrown back
How else are you supposed to cut wood on a table saw? There is no other mechanism on a table saw to move the wood through the blade for a lot if cuts without using your hands directly, and there is no alternative to a fence to make a straight, long cut.
Good question! Let’s stop here and use this to engineer a better solution.

Only 4 why’s needed this time :)


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