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Posted on Please save me from drinking the SawStop Kool-Aid

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David Craig

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#1 posted 11-09-2012 04:35 PM

I wouldn’t dissuade anyone from purchasing a SS if the resources were available to them. I am opposed to the business practices, as others already mentioned. I do want to mention that much of my angst has to do with the comment made by ChrisK, #7 (No offense Chris your comment about the bypass is the focal point, not your comments personally). Bypassing the safety mechanism for fear of triggering the safety unnecessarily is the same as removing the splitter, or the blade guard, or the riving knife, or any other safety mechanism on another saw. Most of the accidents that brought this matter to the government involved the removing of safety features that are already pre-existent on other saws. Note that I say “most” as I am aware that safety features are not 100% guaranteed to stop an accident. But, in the case of the Ryobi saw, where the company was found at fault for not having this technology, the bladeguard and splitter were removed from the saw and a dangerous cut was performed. To me, the ability to bypass the safety switch makes sawstop no different than any other saw that is also compromised. If you have the money for the SS, definitely go for it. But, if you ever bypass the safety sensor, then you are automatically putting yourself at risk and defeating the purpose of the saw.

My two cents,


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