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Posted on An alternative to Saw Stop?

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#1 posted 01-22-2013 11:13 PM

I (sort of) have an idea. My miter saw has an electric brake. When I let go of the trigger I don’t have to wait for the blade to spin down. The motor stops it. I’m assuming it does this by sticking the motor into reverse but I could easily be wrong.

The electric brake doesn’t stop the saw blade nearly as fast the saw stop. My miter saw would easily chop through my fingers before the blade stopped. But the electric brake is a convenience feature, not a safety feature.

Could an electric brake be built that could stop the blade as quickly as the SawStop does? My guess is probably not or it would have been done by now. The miter saw is driven directly by the motor. Table saws use belts and I’m not sure an electric brake can work with belts.

On a personal note: I am not taking any sides on the SawStop debate.

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