Inventor of Sawstop demonstrates with his finger

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Forum topic by Dick, & Barb Cain posted 06-29-2009 06:13 PM 3843 views 1 time favorited 38 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Dick, & Barb Cain

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06-29-2009 06:13 PM

Topic tags/keywords: resource dick tablesaw video sawstop

Check out this daring demonstration of SAWSTOP.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#1 posted 06-29-2009 06:21 PM

I guess you could say… He gave the saw The Finger!

Awesome demo!

Awesome guts!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#2 posted 06-29-2009 06:54 PM

So what does it cost to fix the saw stop if it triggers? Can’t be cheap. Does it ever mis-trigger?

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#3 posted 06-29-2009 07:29 PM

Seldom is there a miss fire from all the user blogs I have read and when taking with the SawStop sellers the unit is that has to be replaced is about $75 plus the cost of the saw blade. Yes, a bit pricey but something I would gladly pay if it meant my wife’s or my fingers.

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#4 posted 06-29-2009 07:37 PM

... easily the cost of some medical bills NOT COUNTING the part(s) that got cut OFF… :)

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#5 posted 06-29-2009 07:44 PM

You have to buy a replacement cartridge, and a new saw blade. So if your partial to using expensive blades it could be a bit costly.


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#6 posted 06-29-2009 08:28 PM

I was Charles Neils show and he had an employee using the saw stop. I arrived there after it had stopped. The blade went below the table but I don’t believe that the blade went into the trap.

Charles told me later that the employee had caused it to fire but I don’t think it went into full stop mode.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#7 posted 06-29-2009 08:56 PM

I’ve seen the hot dog demonstration before, but this takes it to a new level. Good post!

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

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#8 posted 06-29-2009 10:45 PM

Having recently amputated my own finger, I’m not really sure how I feel about this. I understand that it’s an important safety issue, but the SawStop is over twice the price of my quite nice table saw. I’ve seen him do it with a hotdog, but couldn’t watch the finger version. I haven’t even looked at my own pics or x-rays yet. if they come up with something similar that works on existing table saws, or they come down to a reasonable price, please let me know. Meanwhile, I’m back up to 90%, which is still an A-. The only problem is that if I do anything semi-major again, my girlfriend will make me quit woodworking. Talk about pressure…

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#9 posted 06-29-2009 11:09 PM

I don’t think there will ever be a retro fit for existing tablesaws. From what I have read, the inventor never wanted to manufacture tablesaws, but the established players had no desire to license and incorporate the sawstop in their saws. If Delta, Grizzly, Jet, Craftsman, Rigid, etc licensed the technology and put it in all their saws, it would more affordable.

-- "Why don't you just buy one" says the wife about the current project.

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#10 posted 06-30-2009 12:35 AM

if I had the money, I would buy this saw in a heartbeat.

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#11 posted 06-30-2009 12:06 PM

What a dipshit.

-- Just 'cause a cat has kittens in the oven, it don't make 'em biscuits.

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#12 posted 07-06-2009 02:09 AM

I agree with Darryl, if I had the money I would buy this saw in a heartbeat. According to the video, the blade AND the saw unit costs about $60. Personally, I would much rather spend $60 (even without the blade) and keep my fingers. One drawback that I can see is that users may get lulled into a false sense of security and be careless when using a different saw.

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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#13 posted 07-07-2009 08:39 AM

Dick I have seen this machine before. It is truely amazing.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#14 posted 07-07-2009 06:06 PM

Buy a CNC machine. Talk about safety you don’t even have to go near the thing except to press start. LOL. The only dangerous part about that is the belly you may get from sitting in your chair. This saw is cool, but I like to think that it’s my obligation to be safe. Dave said it best about the false sense of security and the carelessness that can derive from it.
BTW, has anyone discussed the down time costs of setting this thing off? How many days do you have to go before you have it running again? In a professional shop 15 minutes of down time is rough. I couldn’t imagine sitting around for days. I guess that’s why they don’t buy those saws, they buy the big sliding saws with digital controls, or I guess maybe they have 2. So is this saw geared to the hobbiest? The guy who can set it off and then wait for 2 weeks for his parts to come in. Or am I missing something.

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#15 posted 07-07-2009 06:31 PM

They claim it only takes 5 minutes to change the cartridge, and it would only make sense to always have a spare on hand, so downtime is not really an issue.

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

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