|Forum topic by cblak||posted 419 days ago||1359 views||0 times favorited||50 replies|
419 days ago
Ok, I have come to realize that some people have VERY strong opinions about this topic. I have also realized that there seems to be a bit of miscommunication between the two sides. If I have my way i will never buy anything this company has to offer. It is quite a shame, because the idea of not cutting off my hand sounds quite appealing. I think most, if not all of us, agree that this is a great invention.
The problem is that one side thinks the government should control everything in our lives and the other wants the freedom of cutting off his own fingers if he so chooses. Its hard not to bring politics into this because thats what this argument is all about! Am i right or am i looking at this all wrong? I think its the way Sawstop has gone about it, that has made most of us (at least on this side of the fence)upset.
The man who invented it, Mr. Gass, (if i’m not mistaking) is a patent attorney, so he secured all the patents. He then presented this new technology to all the major saw manufactures and demands an outrageous percentage of their profits for permission to use it. When EVERY manufacturer turned him down he decided to start his own company and essentially do his best to make it law that everyone of US has to buy from him. No other company offers this technology because Mr. Gass threatens to sue everyone that comes up with a similar technology.
Ok, I can appreciate a man trying to protect his own patents and even make a few bucks off a great idea. What I don’t appreciate is this man essentially coming into MY shop and telling me that i’m not capable of making my own decisions and that i could be fined if i don’t agree with HIS safety requirements!
-- Chadwick, Northern Illinois