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Forum topic by JBrow posted 11-21-2016 02:49 PM 1234 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-21-2016 02:49 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tablesaw safety blade safe technology

While watching Ask This Old House, I saw a segment of interest to anyone considering a new table saw with the blade safe technology – where when flesh contacts the blade the table saw blade reacts to prevent injury. Evidently when the saw blade detects flesh, the blade drops below the table without damaging the blade. The safety device can be reset within a couple of minutes without having to order parts or replace the saw blade.

The discussion is found at minute marker 11:27.

https://www.thisoldhouse.com/watch/ask-toh-laundry-table-saw


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#1 posted 11-21-2016 02:55 PM

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#2 posted 11-22-2016 02:55 AM

HickWillis,

While patent litigation continues, Bosch evidently feels they will prevail since they advertise Now Available for a saw with what I call blade safe technology on their web site. They also have issued a statement concerning the patent infringement litigation. Whether Bosch prevails, I dare not predict.

https://www.boschtools.com/us/en/more/news-and-extras/specials/reaxx-2-final/

I have no dog in this fight. I am not considering replacing my table saw, have no loyalty to either SawStop or Bosch, and own no products produced by either company. I do believe that it would be nice to see some consumer friendly competition in this blade safe table saw market. On the other hand, I also would like to see SawStop derive all the protections and benefits to which they are entitled.

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#3 posted 11-22-2016 02:59 AM

The Bosch saw has been discussed to death around here, over and over again – just do a search for ‘Reaxx’ and wade through all the threads.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#4 posted 11-22-2016 08:12 AM

A major difference I’ve seen between the two is that the Reaxx does not stop the blade. While this means the blade won’t be wrecked, it also means that if retraction fails, it’s just as dangerous. It is possible for one function to fail, so +1 for Sawstop as far as doubling up protection.

A second one is the once the RPMs wind down below a certain point, the Reaxx shuts down its detection. This may not be a big deal, as obviously the most danger is while feeding stock through. However, it is something to consider. The Reaxx is close in price to the Sawstop jobsite saw, and the Sawstop has a T-square fence and single turn blade height adjustment, so I would personally go with a Sawstop myself.

No doubt the Bosch Reaxx is safer than a standard TS, but considering the added safety and features of the Sawstop, I think they would be my choice here.

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#5 posted 11-22-2016 07:22 PM

The Reaxx is a jobsite saw. I wouldn’t want one of those for my shop due to the small size. I wouldn’t want the Sawstop jobsite saw either and for the same reason.

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#6 posted 11-22-2016 07:42 PM

A major difference I’ve seen between the two is that the Reaxx does not stop the blade. While this means the blade won’t be wrecked, it also means that if retraction fails, it’s just as dangerous. It is possible for one function to fail, so +1 for Sawstop as far as doubling up protection.
- LoyalAppleGeek

Huh? The SS relies on a spring loaded hunk of aluminium to ram into the blade and using its centrifugal force to lower it. The Reaxx fires a .22 shell to push a piston in a bore to lower the blade mechanism. If either one fails to function, the same result occurs. In addition, because of the SS design, there are a lot of restrictions regarding blade selection. Use the wrong kind of blade and the protection is compromised or completely eliminated. With the Reaxx, that restriction doesn’t apply, and you have the added benefit of not trashing the blade. Seems that the Reaxx is the one with more protection over a wider range of uses, not the opposite.

Cheers,
Brad

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#7 posted 11-23-2016 03:29 AM

We bought the cheaper of the SS models at work. It is one of four table saws all but the SS under $700, the SS was about $1900. It was by far the worse of the saws we had. The safest, but a terrible saw.

-- Chris, "all we are is sawdust in the dust collector""

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