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

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#1 posted 11-09-2012 04:47 PM

A couple of thoughts here:

I teach school and have a Saw Stop and a Unisaw (with a Biesmeyer Fence). I also have a Ridgid 4512 at home. The Saw Stop is at the very least the equal of the Unisaw in all areas and categories. The only thing that I have not done on the saw stop at this point is set up the dado stack. This requires a different throat (I could make them… but haven’t) plate, and a far different setup for the brake cartridge. I bought a very good Freud Stack Dado Set last year (8”), and I use it on the Unisaw. The Saw Stop gets used only for ripping and cross cutting.

The safety concerns of having student using the table saw convinced me and the school board to invest in the Saw Stop. I have had one cartridge discharge to date: A special needs student that violated a safety rule. He didn’t get his finger/hand into the blade or riving knife. He was using the aluminum taper jig and pulled it back before the table saw had come to a complete stop. It got into the blade. This caused a trigger. Fortunately, it didn’t send the jig back into his face. Needless to say, this individual isn’t using many stationary power tools these days.

What HorizontalMike said is correct about other tools causing similar/same damage. However, the table saw seems to be a far larger contributor to shop accidents than the other tools he listed.

Roll the dice and get the saw. You won’t regret it. Ever.

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