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SawStop Demonstrations Don't Impress Me

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Blog entry by Todd A. Clippinger posted 02-25-2016 01:59 PM 1056 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have seen the SawStop demonstration with the hot dog a dozen times.

But I always felt that it was done under premium conditions to insure that it worked properly with optimal results.

At several of the demonstrations I had questioned the demonstrators and requested that they place the hot dog in a glove so we could see the results.

My request was always denied and I was always told, “You shouldn’t wear gloves at the table saw.”

Well, I live in the real world where other contractors are on my equipment, we work in extremely harsh conditions, and I can’t keep control of everyone every time they use the table saw.

So, even though it is unsafe, contractors wear their gloves at the table saw all the time. That is just reality.

My local cabinet hardware supplier, A&H Turf, recently became an authorized SawStop dealer and so I made the request to them and they took me up on it.

This video shows how far a SawStop will drag the glove into the machine before it kicks off.

I hope you enjoy my version of the SawStop test.

Your friend in the shop,

Todd A. Clippinger

Let your work be your signature.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com



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#1 posted 02-25-2016 02:26 PM

Good one Todd. Now I too am impressed.
That is definitely something they should add to their demos. I always thought, just like you, that they were giving the saw every possible opportunity to succeed.
It won’t make me buy one because I love my Unisaw and have good enough safety sense to feel safe around my tools but it is certainly more “real world” than any test I’ve seen before.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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#2 posted 02-25-2016 09:46 PM

Gr8 point Todd. I don’t own one, not sure I ever will, but, it’s a good idea, sort of. My thoughts have always been the same, and that is it’s a great idea, but, it just makes the guy or gal that’s pushing that lumber through the cut more relaxed, and not really focused on what is going on. Just my thoughts and opinion. BUT, I am still impresses also.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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#3 posted 02-25-2016 09:49 PM

Well this is weird, there are only 2 comments. It looks like all the comments got wiped out. Anybody know what is going on?

There were a variety of opinions but everybody was civil.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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#4 posted 02-25-2016 09:51 PM

Somehow I managed to post this 2X!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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#5 posted 02-25-2016 11:19 PM



Well this is weird, there are only 2 comments. It looks like all the comments got wiped out. Anybody know what is going on?

There were a variety of opinions but everybody was civil.

- Todd A. Clippinger

It’s a conspiracy for sure!

-- You've got to be smarter than the tree.

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#6 posted 02-25-2016 11:23 PM

Picklehead – I realized that I managed to post this blog twice by accident. All the traffic I was looking for is on the other post.

Duff head…

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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