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Safety and The SawStop #1: Table saw Safety

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Blog entry by wichle posted 05-12-2010 05:39 AM 975 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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Just read Smiiy’s account of his kick back event and was surprised to see the number of LJ’s who were surprised in one way or another by their table saw. On the other hand I have seen some surprising statistcs indicating that injuries on the table saw are pretty common. I am one of those statistics having removed the tip of my left little finger at the outermost joint at the same time nipping the tip of my index and 4th finger. No more flexing my little finger at high tea with the queen!

26 months ago we moved from Milwaukee to SE Michigan. This entailed taking a pretty nice basement shop apart and packing it for a move. After due consideration, family conference, and a few tears for an old friend my ten year old Craftsman saw left for a local church theater group. It was a year after the move that I replaced my table saw. Until then most of the work needed on the new (old) house was done using sawhorses and a skill saw in the garage.

More family conferences. We bought a SawStop! What the heck, I already devoted time for an emergency room visit, conferences with a hand surgeon, about 2 hours of surgery and coping with a total bill just over $10,000.00. New shop, new (old) house, new town and looking toward iminent retirement. It was now or never!

I had to search for a dealer who would deliver the saw. the usual dealers would drop it in a crate in my driveway. It weighs just over 600 pounds. It could not move in to my shop assembled. It had to make a right turn at the top and bottom of the basement stairs. Space at the bottom was barely the size of the saw’s footprint.The folks at Glenn Wing Woodworking assured me that they would deliver, get it down the stairs, and set it in place. They would assemble the saw, fully test it, brief me on how it worked and take time to answer questions. I had to pay for the delivery and setup but they were very reasonable ad fulfilled what they said they would. They are great!

Yup, the safety stuff is great. More than that, this is a great tool. It does not vibrate, it is very accurate, andIt does a great job collecting dust. I use it with the exception of “non thru cuts” with the guard in place. It really isn’t in the way.

Having said all this, I’follow us with some additional details in a second post.

-- Bill, Michigan "People don't come preassebled, but are glued together by life"



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#1 posted 05-12-2010 03:30 PM

Congrats on your SawStop. I love mine. For all who are reading, I purchased mine from Woodcraft in Grand Rapids. They delivered it for free and helped me get it down to the basement which was no easy task. I got the contractor version with cast iron wings which is also very heavy. They didn’t build it for me but that’s fine, building it was a lot of fun, but not as much fun as using it! :-)

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