|Forum topic by ShipWreck||posted 02-15-2012 11:25 AM||1384 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
02-15-2012 11:25 AM
A friend here in Virginia Beach had a accident using a SS contractor model at home. He was trying to take a 1” rip off of a 3’ x2 1/2” x1’’ piece of pine. He was feeding the stock using a push stick and began to feel a slight bind. He pushed a little harder to get the stock past the blade when the push stick slipped. The result was stitches to his index finger, knuckle, and minor tendon damage to the index knuckle. He said the brake engaged immediately, but that his hand was probably moving pretty fast when the push stick slipped. He said that he was instantlty dazed from the incident and could only sort out the accident through recollection afterwards.
I have known the guy for a couple of years, and I know he was being straight with me about all my questions. He told me it was “operator error” and that he should have stopped the saw when he felt the binding. He also told me that he never “eye balled” the stock to make sure it wasnt crooked/bent to begin with. He is a self depreciating guy with a good sense of humor. He said that he would use a “hot dog” for push stick next time. The doctors told him that he will need some rehab on the hand, but should be ok in the long run. I asked him if I could share his experience with the folks on here (LumberJocks). He was all for it.
I have been wanting a SawStop cabinet model for a couple of years but other expenses keeping getting in the way. I will eventually get my hands on one. Until then, I will keep chugging away with my trusty little Ridgid. I believe that the brake is a great innovation that will save alot of users from serious injuries, but it cannot prevent that momentary lapse of judgement.
Be careful folks and take you’re time.