|Review by NickyP||posted 10-24-2013 01:26 AM||5242 views||0 times favorited||41 comments|
I just got back into wood working a little over a year ago and bought a very nice used Delta Contractor Saw. I had no issues with the power and attributes of a fine running machine. A fine running machine I operated for over a year without a blade guard (SHAME on me!) as my respect of the saw’s power was high and my fear was low on using this machine. I was ripping about a 12” wide board in half that was about a foot long. The wood rose up and kicked back, hitting me square in the stomach as I was stupidly standing directly behind the saw blade. It felt like a mule kicked me as I stood there for several seconds asking myself, “Am I hurt” or “Am I okay,” wondering whether or not to go to the hospital. I didn’t go to the hospital that day but I did get a baseball sized black & blue mark that hurt for a few hours that could have been much worse had it come towards my face. Lesson learned; I no longer stand behind the saw blade. Needless to say this saw had no riving knife so I installed a micro-jig splitter and all was well . . . sort of. About a month later I was cutting about a one inch wide piece off of about a 3” wide piece of stock that was about two feet long. I was standing to the side of the saw blade & the saw kicked back and launched the one inch spear, denting my garage door, darn near going through it. My high respect of using this machine was now being trumped by an even higher level of fear each time I used it as I wondered, “what’s next? . . . A finger?” Well, I continued to use my saw for about another month and realize my anxiety level was now at an all-time high and there was only one alternative for me . . . SAWSTOP!
I had been hemming & hawing about getting one based on the cost as I went to Woodworker’s Emporium and really checked one out. The quality of the saw was excellent with safety fetchers beyond the saw stopping with human contact that surpassed my expectations. Blade guard & riving knife (minimize those kickbacks!), zero-clearance inserts, diagnostic self-check system, hands-free shutoff, blade tilts away from fence, etc. I sold my Delta and I decided to bite the bullet on this saw. The second I made the purchase the calming of my peace-of-mind was incredible. I have not received my saw yet and had a chance to use it but I sure feel great just knowing it’s on the way.
I never batted an eye at the cost in making this purchase as I asked myself, “what’s my well-being, peace-of-mind, and fingers worth?” It didn’t take long to figure . . . WAY more than the price of a SawStop.
-- "Never underestimate the power of a kind word, a good deed, or a table saw."