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Maybe I should have let my brother post this, since the only thing I know about home improvement is that I want nothing to do with it. I hated it when I helped my father build our homes, and I still hate it now.
I do know that SawStop adds to the cost of a table saw (although I suspect it would cost a lot less if all new saws were required to have a safety feature like this). And there's concern about ruining the blade when a saw stops suddenly like that.
But... just think about what you're saying. Are you more concerned about the blade than your fingers? Blades can be replaced!
OK, I know there are other objections. Wet wood can cause a false stop, apparently. Well, should you really be sawing wet wood in the first place? Hey, don't ask me. I'll admit that I don't know anything about it, and I don't particularly want to know. This isn't my area of interest, not at all.
But I've worked places where people took guards off chain gears, moving blades, and other dangerous pieces of equipment, because they didn't want to be bothered with them. Hey, they were going to careful. And they were men, not pussies - men missing some of their fingers, often enough.
And those were the minor accidents. No one ever thinks that it's going to happen to him, but it happens all the time. There's no give in steel machinery. There's no hesitation. There are no second-thoughts. When you put human flesh up against steel, steel wins. Always! Every time.
I'm no expert in this. I freely admit that. If you have more knowledge than I do (and you could hardly know less), feel free to comment. However, I do know that there's never been a safety measure that didn't face opposition.
From the very beginning of factory work, when belt-driven machinery was all-too-frequently lubricated with blood, there was opposition to even the most basic, common sense precautions, like putting simple guards on fast-moving parts which would grab a loose item of clothing and drag a man to his death.
No matter how simple, no matter how obvious, no matter how cheap, these things always face opposition. I don't understand it, but it's true. That doesn't mean this particular safety measure is a good idea, of course. But it looks pretty good to me.
So why not? Please, educate me.