Ottawa, ON, CA
I look forward to sitting in a new custom made chair built with a design from Fine Woodworking's Tables and Chairs book.
Wood bending, to boldly go where this woodworker has not gone before. I'm in.
I have found the debate concerning SawStop most interesting and, at times, entertaining. Not being an American, I have a somewhat different perspective than many of the people responding.
From my perspective, I see that companies rarely take their customers' safety seriously. It takes lawsuits and deaths to make a difference. In addition, I see people and companies blaming the victim. After all, they are stupid, right? Most importantly, table saw, and, in fact, all power tool manufacturers could and should do more to protect the users. As they say, the proof is in the pudding. What percentage of the R&D dollars of these companies is spent on safety? Virtually 0%.
The only reason we have a riving knife today is because the Europeans introduced it years back and there was an American woodworker interested enough to do some work. After years of resistance the industry finally were forced to accept it.
So, the answer to the question seems to be, that the manufacturers should not be trusted with your life and limb.
Alternatively, governments can step in, protect the consumer, and legislate safety measures.
I am for the latter. I would not put my life into the hands of a company whose only motivation is profit!
A great addition to a small library seeking books for company...
Beautiful. Well done.
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