Whenever time allows, I try to get into the workshop for some quality time woodworking.
Half the fun or working on projects are the tools you get to use. But to say that these tools can be dangerous is an understatement, and few tools are more dangerous than the table saw. Every year, more than 3,500 people lose a finger on a traditional table saw.
But there is a technology that can prevent virtually all finger amputations from table saws. Its called SawStop. It works by sensing the electrical current in a finger and immediately stops the blade from spinning. However, none of the major manufacturers of table saws have incorporated this technology into their saws. The companies, through their trade group – The Power Tool Institute, are even fighting making this technology mandatory for all table saws.
What does this mean to you:
Does everyone know that table saws are dangerous? Sure. But does everyone know that the manufacturers could make their table saws safer and avoid the horror of amputations, but have chosen not to? Methinks not. Even when a product does not malfunction, it may still be defective based on the design choices made by the manufacturer.