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Old 05-09-2010, 02:37 PM  
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Quick update: Looks like he lost his ring finger and some bits of three others, but here's what floors me. What he was worried about is whether or not I would still let him help me. I told him with one hand he would be a better helper than most I've found in this area and as long as I've got work he's got a job.
I hope you realize that statement speaks volumes of the character of SJN.


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Just looked at the Sawstop site. Now that is what I call a perfect marriage of current technologies. I truly hope this company goes far. Like my grandfather once said, "If you can nail together two things that have never been nailed together before you just might have something". I think they have something.


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And if the big gun Insurance co has their way, it will soon be on all saws.
Sawstop has been around for 10 years for the big saws. The costly part is everytime the saw trips, you have to change most of the parts.

www.woodshopnews.com just did a full article this month. However it is not on the website yet.

Hope for a full recovery...and good job on the keeping the job.
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Geez. This thread made me cringe. It's my fear of table saws that has kept me intact. I had friend of mine lose a finger in shop freshman year to a ban saw. I hope the kids alright. Good for you keeping him on. It's not easy finding a new job in this market.
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Sawstop has been around for 10 years for the big saws. The costly part is everytime the saw trips, you have to change most of the parts.
I have a Sawstop. If it trips, you replace the brake cartridge (~$65), and probably the blade (unless you get it repaired). Well worth the cost of my fingers. You can also test material before cutting to reduce accidental trips. I have not seen reports of lots of accidental trips, so I assume they are not very common.

The Sawstop is expensive compared to a cheap contractor saw, but it holds it's on (even without the brake technology) in the cabinet saw market.


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The major manuf's were not the least bit interested in this thing.
Someone just got awarded 1.5 Million in a lawsuit against Ryobi because they did not have the "Sawstop" technology incorporated into their saw. (Even though the person was operating the saw with all the safety features removed - but that is a different discussion) He lost the use of some fingers because of the accident.

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I don't understand how some ones finger could be worth 1.5 million dollars. Do you have a link to the article reprosser?
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Here is one link, but there are others on Google.

Popular Woodworking - SawStop Safety System Saga Steams Forward

Be careful of all the "facts" that are posted on comments about the case, sawstop, the inventor, etc. Lots of emotion is being posted and all the facts are not in yet (as far as I know).

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Thats terrible. I hope he recovers and that it doesn't ruin anything he has going in life. My prayers are with him.
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Last week I found a great helper. Hard worker, and a quick learner. Hell, he was even reliable...27 years old. But today he was making an easy cut on the table saw while I was inside the house I'm working on and though neither of us are sure exactly what happened, he ended up for the most part lopping off all of the fingers on his right hand. Great thing gone horribly wrong. Right now he's at the hospital trying to have his fingers put back together. So, a quick note to all those who have great helpers with great prospects: take a minute and go over some safety things with them. And ALWAYS respect your tools, because they won't respect you if you blink.
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Sorry to hear about that story... And thanks for reminding us this kind of situation.
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I don't understand how some ones finger could be worth 1.5 million dollars. Do you have a link to the article reprosser?
Car companies value a person's life at $200K
CNN - The 'Ivey memo' - September 10, 1999
and others, like the 911 fund and the EPA, have gone up to ~$7M.
You already know what my hand surgery cost. Pain and suffering has a value but the only thing I had was about one day of severe depression.


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