|Review by ccweems||posted 03-12-2012 07:26 PM||11597 views||0 times favorited||95 comments|
While I don’t own a Saw Stop saw and do not doubt their quality and their potential for safety I was given pause by a part counter guy. I asked about the saw and the noted feature. I was told that there didn’t seem to be any problem about the saws or the safety feature but there was about the expense of “false alarms”. He said that most of the stop cartridges were sold due to false activations. When you see the demo of the guy holding the hot dog and then stopping the saw blade with it be aware that other things can ground the saw blade and set off the blade lock. For this reason there is a bypass so that conductive materials can be cut. As a safety measure the bypass turns itself off once the blade stops. This means that if anyone is involved with repetitive cuts of a conductive material they must actuate the bypass each time. Also conductive materials includes not only the obvious aluminum extrusions but trimming a piece of wood with metal hidden or even wet wood. Who hasn’t accidentally trimmed a piece of wood with a hidden screw or nail? If your hand was touching the head and the pointy end extended to the cut line the Saw Stop feature would engage while $69 left your wallet.
The question I have is how many false accusations will occur before some clever lad working late at night will hot wire the safety system? While I don’t intend to denigrate the value of this system I believe that it will not ultimately prove its worth until the brake system is able to be reset without replacing parts.