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Forum topic by Tooch posted 02-14-2015 02:12 AM 2248 views 0 times favorited 18 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-14-2015 02:12 AM

yesterday during my 6th period Intro to Woodworking class, my Sawstop made a special save. The class is made up of all different ability levels, including 2 students with special needs. normally they have an aide that comes to class and helps monitor what is being done and helps assist me watch out for their safety. yesterday, however, one of the students was out sick, and the aide was not there either. in the middle of class, as i was helping another student set up a router table, i heard a big BOOM and saw that the table saw blade was not there anymore. The student with special needs attempted to use the saw without any supervision, used poor technique which resulted in the blade accidentally came in contact with his finger. The injury only required minimal first aide (band aide) but without a doubt, if we hadn’t had Sawstop he would have had a much more severe accident.

I have no interest in this matter other than the safety of my students, but i feel compelled to share the story of how Sawstop does have its place in this world. i know it can be a polarizing subject, but i hope everyone can appreciate that a special student can go home with all his fingers, primarily because of a Sawstop saw.

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#1 posted 02-14-2015 02:20 AM

Whether it is polarizing or not, the important thing is it did what it is designed to do, and a student can continue with life as they knew it before the accident.

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#2 posted 02-14-2015 02:59 AM

awesome, in this case worth every penny! :)

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#3 posted 02-14-2015 03:02 AM

This story makes me happy. There is nothing better than a happy ending and saving that child’s finger is awesome.

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#4 posted 02-14-2015 03:04 AM

Luck kid!
Back in 68 when I was 21 and though I knew everything I almost lost my thumb on a table saw. I was luck, I just lost some flesh in the middle of my thumb, no bone loss, I only have a small scar now.
Now when I’m in my shop I live with that thought when I’m using any power tool. Frighting to think what a saw blade can do.
I’m glad that kid is ok, Nice to have what it takes to keep them and you safe Tooch.

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#5 posted 02-14-2015 03:18 AM

Thank god the kid is okay – however I can’t help but think there is a bigger issue here. What if this kid would have been around a lathe or jointer etc. with this same lack of supervision? I’m not faulting you, Tooch, but you should raise this issue with others at this school and come up with a better solution to prevent potential future injuries when short handed.

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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#6 posted 02-14-2015 03:47 AM

Glad the kid is ok, but still trying to figure out how the kid was able to use the saw at all. I’d be worried the school administrators won’t view the outcome as ok, but rather treat the incident as if a sawstop wasn’t being used.

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#7 posted 02-14-2015 03:48 AM

Thanks for sharing this story ,Saw Stop saves the day,in spite of what some folks think, it surely has its place especially good in a school shop.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#8 posted 02-14-2015 03:51 AM

That is why I bought one. My young son is in the garage every time he hears tools running and I would not take the chance of him losing any part of his body to the table saw.

Thanks for sharing. Great saw too.

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#9 posted 02-14-2015 05:56 AM

They are a good quality tool and are worth the money

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#10 posted 02-14-2015 11:17 AM

That is why I have one in the engineering prototype shop at school. Now I have to get the superintendent to buy one for the wood shop since we brought back woodworking for the students.

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#11 posted 02-14-2015 11:41 AM

great story! Perfect application for the incredible sawstop technology.

-- PaulMayer,

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#12 posted 02-14-2015 02:23 PM

Finger saved story. Thanks for sharing.

PS: I’m sure SawStop would like this testimonial.

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#13 posted 02-14-2015 03:10 PM

Another great save! I love mine. I saw on ebay a 7.5hp 3 phase go for 1750. Unreal.

So glad the young man was not scarred for life.

-- Sooner or later Liberals run out of other people's money.

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#14 posted 02-14-2015 04:52 PM

Great to hear from so many on this topic.

RandyATX and BigBlockyeti there definitely is a bigger issue here… however, (whether we think that it is right or wrong) School law says students must be placed in their “Least Restrictive Environment.” This means Mainstreaming students into as many classes as possible, including wood shop. The student is fairly high-functioning, so Administrators see no problem with him taking electives like art or wood shop.

Paxorion I already had to fill out a testimonial… in order for Sawstop to replace the cartridge free of charge, you must “report the finger save” and mail in the broken brake. the 15 minutes spent filling out the form and $7 in postage sure beats paying $100 for a new one!

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#15 posted 02-15-2015 12:57 AM

I agree with you as it being a nice save for sure.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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