You Don't Have to Lose Your Fingers on a Table Saw

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July 06, 2006 | 7,006 views

Table saws are responsible for more than 60,000 injuries, 3,000 amputations, and $2 billion in injury-related costs each year, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

In response, SawStop has created a 10" cabinet saw that's touted as being the "world's safest table saw." Its unique safety system uses an electronic detection signal that will stop and retract the blade within 5 milliseconds of accidental contact with your finger or another object not intended to be cut.

It also includes a European style riving knife that minimizes kick-back. And, because the safety system is built in to the tool, it won't interfere with your work, is always on and even performs self-tests to be sure it's in working order.

You can learn more about SawStop's cabinet saw features, and see a video of a demonstration using a hot dog, at the link below.

I was somewhat sensitized to this article because one of the contractors working on my office remodeling project injured his fingers on a table saw last week. Once I saw these videos, I decided to purchase the saw for him, as this absolutely amazing tool will not cut off fingers.

This table saw has a current running through the blade and as soon as it contacts human flesh, it throws a brake on the saw blade and stops it 90 percent faster than it takes to deploy an airbag.

Now, that is fast!

You wind up ruining the brake and the blade but that's only $150 to replace and much less expensive than a lost finger.

Most people don't know someone loses a finger every 9 seconds from using a table-top saw. These injuries would disappear overnight if everyone were using this tool.

The interesting thing about these injuries: Most of them happen to experienced professionals, not weekend warriors. Seems it's just a matter of when, and not if, you will lose a finger if you use a table-top saw regularly.

So, if you know of anyone who uses a table-top saw, please have them watch this video. I hope this article saves hundreds of people from needlessly losing their fingers.


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