Tacoma, WA, US
Call me old fashioned, call me hard headed, I ride a Harley and nurses and doctors call me an idiot, call me old school or whatever, I have been using table saws for the majority of the 61 years I've been on this planet. I never used guards until they came out with the riving knife and actually before then as I have a European sliding table saw and it came with the riving knife well before they became popular and required here. My point is this: No matter what you are doing if you are not paying attention you're gonna have problems and I do not agree that tool manufacturers should be held responsible for these kinds of accidents and I feel very strongly about this! There are a lot of woodworkers and machinists walking around minus digits and if you ask any one of them they will tell you that in the majority of cases they just plain old weren't paying attention and no amount of guarding would have saved their fingers, obviously the brake would have but if Mr. Gass is so concerened about us why doesn't he offer his technology to the industry for free? It will be a damn cold day when I pay 15 hundred to 3 grand, or whatever they cost, extra for his features!! Since I am 61 years old my current saw should last me for as long as I need it to so for me it's a moot question. Paying attention to what you are doing goes a long way as far as I'm concerened.
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