Sawstop on Discovery

And Steve Gass actually proves the machine by using his own finger to trigger the mechanism. I am pleased to say that he didn’t do it by simulating an actual cut (to trust any safety mechanism is stupidity), so I was very curious how he would approach the job of actually setting off the blade himself.

The video also has some of the clearest high speed shots I’ve seen of the mechanism activating, so is worth a look even for that. The amount of movement that the high speed picks up is impressive – the G Forces are incredible.

And for the sqweamish, there is no blood, so you don’t have to be nervous watching the video.

3 Responses

  1. puts a whole new dimention on demonstrating does it not.

  2. Wow, that’s pretty gutsy, even if it is your own invention.

    Do you know if it can be retro-fitted Stuart? To any table saw, I mean.

    Maybe I should just go look for their website instead of being lazy..

  3. Not retro-fittable. It needs to be incorporated at the design phase of manufacture of the tool.

    It was originally invented with that in mind, but it seems for a number of reasons it was not taken up. So to make sales of the Sawstop, the only real option became to sell it as part of their own saw, rather than having it fitted to other brands.

    I won’t go into the politics behind all that, but there was a lot. Needless to say, you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink by trying to legislate that they must drink at your watering hole, or at least only ones that look like yours, and not expect an industry backlash.

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