This is utter insanity. The guy got hurt because he was sloppy, or inept, or ignorant, or plain unlucky-- not because of any flaw in the saw. For him to be rewarded, and for the rest of us to be saddled with expensive, unnecessary but mandatory saw "safety" features, is WRONG.
The blue fingernails Norm occasionally sported were evidence even he made mistakes. A New Yankee Workshop episode featuring out-takes of mistakes would have been interesting, but there's more to be learned from seeing things done right. I hope the new Tommy MacDonald show won't follow the current building-show fad which emphasizes the interpersonal relationships of too-cute people doing amateurish work using tools they've clearly never heard of before. One cannot pass on what one does not have.
The suit against Ryobi is absurd. It has nothing to do with safety or with protecting woodworkers-- it has everything to do with predatory lawyers finding deep pockets to rob. The guy was cutting hardwood flooring freehand, without a fence evidently. His stupidity plus that of some judge could eventually require us all to pay for the un-needed "flesh-sensing technology" on every type of power tool known. If saws need it, why not mandate it on routers, planers, jointers, drill presses and variable-speed drills? Pure craziness.
For just a couple extra bucks one can buy plywood with plainsawn veneer. It more closely resembles solid wood, eliminating the cheap look often associated with plywood. For work that's to be painted, birch or maple plywood is flatter, smoother, cheaper and more stable than solid wood.
My first bandsaw was a Delta benchtop unit. I could not keep the band from coming off in use, despite repeated tuning attempts. I finally replaced it with the good old Delta 14" stationary machine which is a joy to use.
I've owned a couple of DeWalt benchtop planers. Both feature the same atrocious dust colletor setup. The vacuum hose goes directly over the outfeed. Every time I use it, I need to jury-rig baling wire to hold the hose up out of the way. Why in the world can't DeWalt make the duct so the hose connects off to the side? I spent a lot of money for this irritation.
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