New Tablesaw Regulations for 2012?
Will 2012 usher in new regulations leading to higher-priced tablesaws? Read our roundup and take your best guess.
Ever since a lawsuit against tablesaw manufacturer One World Technologies led to a hefty payout, the federal government has been hard at work evaluating the potential for tighter regulation of tablesaw technology. Fine Woodworking magazine has been covering the controversy since day one—from the development of SawStop’s revolutionary flesh-sensing technolgy, to the who, what, when, where, and why of the Carlos Osorio tablesaw suit, we’ve been on the case:
The SawStop Revolution
Fine Woodworking’s coverage of inventor Steve Gass’s revolutionary SawStop dates back to 2004, when we profiled the then-new machine in our annual Tools & Shops issue:
Tablesaw Lawsuit Draws Attention of Federal Government
In 2008, news of a successful lawsuit leveled against tablesaw manufacturer One World Technologies surfaced. OWT was found negligent for not including “flesh detection technology” in its products.
New Tablesaw Regulations Take Form
The Consumer Products Safety Commission soon launched its own investigation and hearings into tablesaw safety, ushering in a new era of regulation.