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Betsy

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850 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: saw stop

I’ve not taken the blade and brake out yet—- figured I’d save that little job until tomorrow—after I’ve had time to recover my wits.

The saw has paid for itself in spades. I bought the saw because of it’s safety feature and well before I was diagnosed with Dystonia. Because of my Dystonia I am very leary of machines because of the uncontrolled and unannounced jerks that consume me, but have managed to get myself to use most of my woodworking tools except the lathe and jointer (the jointer I’ve sold and the lathe needs to be). But I’ve always felt pretty comfortable with the sawstop because I believed in the technology.

Tonight I was working on a small step stool project and I had made a cut and something did not sound right. I removed the work piece and turned the saw off. I proceeded to move the blade around to see if maybe I lost a tooth or a tooth was bent since it was a loud clicking noise. The blade looked okay, so I went ahead and looked through the cabinet to see if maybe a splinter of wood was stuck somewhere and was just making itself known. I did not see anything. So I moved onto my next cut. Heard the same noise, and once again I went through the process of of checking the blade and looking for anything out of place. Nothing. So then I decided I should turn the saw on and just listen to it to see I could hear the noise without pushing a piece of wood through.

I still heard the noise but couldn’t really tell what it was, just a loud click, click, click. I then decided that if it was an out of line tooth that surely it would make a mark on the throat plate, but I didn’t see any marks. But I thought that since the opening is a bit wider than the blade, I would put a piece of blue tape a little closer to the blade to see if that would catch the tooth (I know that probably doesn’t really make sense but it made sense to me at the time). Nothing on the tape.

Still I could not figure out what was making that noise. So I closed all the doors in the shop, turned off my music and the flouresent light that buzzes and turned the saw on again to try to hear that noise and figure out where it was coming from. The noise was the loudest with the blade guard up – can you see where this is heading?

I lifted the blade guard, turned on the saw and put my hands on the table top to steady myself to stand there, stare at the blade and listen. The noise was still there – have no idea what it was—- but about the time I decided I just needed to turn off the saw my body decided that this was a good time to have a great big jerk, my left hand went flying right into the still spinning blade and my shoulder hit the table top. Then I jumped about 20 feet in the air from that very loud bang! I certainly know what that noise was.

My left pinky finger has a spot that looks like a tiny scratch – I’ve had paper cuts worse than that. I’ve tried to take a picture but you really can’t see it. I’ll post a picture of the brake and blade tomorrow.

But this is my sales pitch for the saw stop. I was not making a cut when my accident happened, but an accident it was. I have no warning when my muscles will decide to flay my arms in what ever direction they decide or when my legs will give way sending me to the pavement. But I’m quite certain that this accident will not keep me from getting back in the shop because I now am even more convinced that the saw stop will protect my fingers/hands from not only a typical woodworking accident, but from one not so typical.

I get to go to work tomorrow and type for a living – without the sawstop, I’m quite sure I’d be in surgery and missing work.

I know there are strong feelings on the different levels as to whether this technology should be mandatory—- but mandatory or not, I plan to buy any woodworking tool with skin sensing technology – I believe they are working on a band saw now. I won’t stand in line for a new Ipad 3, but I might for a new band saw! :-)

That’s my story. Still don’t know what was making that noise, but at this point I’m not sure I care.

Be careful out there you gals and guys – you just don’t know when something not thought of will happen.

Now I think I’m going to find a sedative and go to bed.

Thanks for listening to my story. Now while I am not pushing the saw stop on anyone – but if you are on the fence, I hope I pushed you off of it.

Take care and be careful.

-- Like a bad penny, I keep coming back!


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ShaneA

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#1 posted 850 days ago

Glad to hear it worked. Good luck.

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a1Jim

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#2 posted 850 days ago

Thanks for that story ,I’m glad your not seriously hurt. I believe in the technology too. I know this post will send a number of folks off to the races about how they hate the inventor of the technology and dam the government for even having a thought about mandating this devise on saw.but the bottom line is the bottom line you still have your hand and fingers all the rest is blah blah blah.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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derosa

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#3 posted 850 days ago

Nice save, glad it is working for you. I’ve started saving for either a sawstop or whatever its competition is by the time I have the money.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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EdwardR

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#4 posted 850 days ago

I am hoping they call tomorrow to tell me they are delivering my Saw stop. I bought it for a few reasons but since I already am missing some body parts from diabetes i will play it safe also.

just bought a new band saw Darn lol

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lizardhead

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#5 posted 850 days ago

I guess that was more than the cost of the saw you saved.

-- Lizardhead---Yeah but it's a dry heat--Tempe, Az

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rance

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#6 posted 850 days ago

I’m sorry, but that was a hoot. I’m sure that having Dystonia is not very fun, but the way you explained it was just funny. I too am glad you weren’t hurt.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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WhoMe

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#7 posted 850 days ago

Thank goodness you are ok. It will be interesting to see if that noise is still there when you get your saw up and running again.

-- I'm not clumsy.. It's just the floor hates me, the tables and chairs are bullies and the wall gets in the way.. - Mike -

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AviatorDave

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#8 posted 850 days ago

Wow! Glad you weren’t hurt!! I’m in the market for a SS and my wife is supportive but skeptical of the price tag. I will add your story to the list of arguments of why that technology is such a good idea. I’m guessing that when I do get one I’ll not only have to keep a spare brake cartridge handy but will probably package it with a spare pair of britches.

-- Somewhere in this piece of wood is a finished project covered in sawdust.

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ellen35

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#9 posted 850 days ago

I do think the Sawstop has a very important place in woodworking. It is not for everyone and does not need to be for everyone.
I am so glad you had it when you need(ed) it. Sawstop allows you to do things you might not otherwise be able to do and that is good. So glad you are safe!
Ellen

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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Eagle1

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#10 posted 850 days ago

I’m very glad you were not hurt. If I had something like that I would purchase one also. My wife seen the demo for the saw, and asked if I thought I needed one like that since I have Epilepsy. I told her that I would think about getting one if it was not so expensive. I always use my splitter behind the blade and the guard when possible. And if I even think I’m going to have a bad with my seizures I don’t go to the shop. It is almost impossible to know when you are going to have a seizure of not. There are so many types of seizures. I do have 2 types I have complex partials and I also have grandmal also. So if I have had a bad night while sleeping, I dont go to the shop and use the power equipment. I’m not trying to say that no one needs a Sawstop. In your case you really do need one. I belive that most TS even most accidents are caused from not using proper safety things to keep from getting hurt. Sorry if I offended anyone. That was not my intention at all. I just think everyone needs tp watch what they are doing while in there shop..

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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HalDougherty

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#11 posted 850 days ago

You had a great result with your saw stop. I’m glad you didn’t get hut and I’m also glad you weren’t forced to buy one. The issue is all about free choice. The government has no right to force you to be safe. If you choose to, that’s your choice. Not everyone as the same need to have a saw shop mechanism on their saw. The one saw accident I had was limited to two very tiny cuts on my thumb and first finger. They didn’t need stitches because I raised the blade only enough to clear the work piece by the depth of cut I was willing to risk. My accident was the result of my listening to talk radio and not paying attention. I didn’t run out and buy a sawstop, I turned off the radio. My choice… But, government regulations won’t force sawstop on us, insurance and liability issues will.

-- Hal, Tennessee http://www.first285.com

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Bertha

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#12 posted 850 days ago

I’m glad you like your saw. Can never be too safe.
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I’m more of this type of guy, though (not my saws)
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-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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Brad_Nailor

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#13 posted 850 days ago

Good to hear your OK…That’s what the Saw Stop is for..accidents! Unforeseen, unplanned events that skill or experience have no effect on. You should make a shop clock out of the blade/cartridge…

-- http://www.facebook.com/pages/DSO-Designs/297237806954248

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Martyroc

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#14 posted 850 days ago

Glad your ok, I believe in the Sawstop technology and I think it’s great. I will leave it at that since we don’t need another forum with a Sawstop debate in it.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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CharlieM1958

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#15 posted 850 days ago

I’m glad you’re okay. If there was ever a great testimonial for the technology, this was it!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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