SawStop benchtop model delayed a year
The much-chronicled Carlos Osorio lawsuit, where Ryobi’s parent company was found liable in a tablesaw accident, hinged on the fact that SawStop’s skin-sensing technology was available at the time, but not used on the Ryobi saw. The assumption was, of course, that the technology is feasible in a small jobsite saw.
So we were very interested when SawStop showed us their prototype for just such a saw last year, and looked forward to seeing it at this year’s IWF, as SawStop inventor and company owner Stephen Gass promised last year.
In fact, SawStop’s booth was one of the first ones we visited. We didn’t find Gass there, but we did find another company spokesman, who reported that the benchtop model has been delayed another year. He did say that the safety system is not the hangup, but that the company needs some extra time to make sure that the rest of the saw is a market-leader, too, in terms of all of its features.
So next year it is. Since benchtop/jobsite-type saws are by far the most common size sold, and the Consumer Product Safety Commission is currently deciding whether to mandate SawStop-type technology on ALL saws, a lot is riding on that SawStop prototype being successful in the field. Stay tuned.
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While SawStop has managed to engineer its revolutionary safety technology into a contractor style saw, for $1,600, the industry still awaits a small portable benchtop model, the type most commonly used on jobsites.
SawStop has a prototype of a lower-cost, portable model of its popular skin-sensing, blade-braking saws, but the production version has been delayed another year.