Very disappointed in the price of this upgrade; no more General anything for this once loyal customer. Company seems not concerned about it's customers enough to even notify registered customers of the availability of the upgrade. I suppose the cost of the stamp and envelope to mail a letter is too high for them. Too bad this industry doesn't have a standard similar to that of automobile recalls where the Dealer fixes such things before they get hit with a lawsuit.
To me, our legal system is a tool that some people chose to use for justice and other people use for other reasons. Those who interpret the laws can twist and bend them like steamed white oak; the more they get paid the more convincing and tighter they can bend them. I believe those who make the laws have various motivations, generally driven by moneyed interests and lobbyists more so than by public opinions and elections; I've never seen Seat Belts, Hot Coffee or Blade Guards on any of my election ballots.
So, it starts and ends with the plaintiff. The Lawyers, Judge and Jury are interpreting the Laws they did not make and are "just doing their respective jobs".
I've never understood that if my home or shop was robbed it would be my fault because I failed to have and use a lock on my door. So, we must all buy a lock for every door and carry keys for each of them and put down the arm full of white oak to get the keys out of my pocket and unlock the door, pick up the arm full of white oak again and go inside...every day, year after year. So, the system allows anyone to go uninvited into my house or shop and steal whatever they want if I leave it unlocked. I'm responsible for being robbed; not the robber? The car manufacturer is responsible for my flying thru a windshield in an accident because it didn't have a seat belt; not the driver who bought a car without seat belts and ran into that white oak tree that jumped out in front of him? The tool manufacturer is responsible for me loosing a finger because it doesn't have the latest safety technology; not me for willfully choosing that tool and lack of appropriate setup and use of the tool?
I support the idea that new technology can and does make things better. And I believe those things that are actually better will be implemented in products as consumers demand them. I do not support having these things forced down my throat by a legal system mandate against free choice.
I support the Personal Responsibility, Common Sense approach voiced in many of the other posts here. Any product can be harmful in one way or another. The use of the product is the variable and that is determined by the user.
BTW, does SawStop have a lock on the cabinet door and AC power lock-out system so that fingers can't get caught in the drive mechanism? Technology could provide a finger print reader or retina reader so that the saw is only energized when a recognized/authorized operator is standing in the proper spot in front of the tool. And the brake could slam into the blade if the guy blinks when he is about to sneeze during a rip cut. It only costs what, maybe about $15 Grand, but think of all the fingers saved. Maybe the insurance companies would reduce rates appropriately to make up for the higher expense. Patent Applied For. CopyRite 2010.
After many years of wood butchering using a Sears Radial Arm Saw for just about everything I finally got a dream tool: a General Cabinet Saw with a Delta Unifence. Then, the Saw Stop came out and the overall technology for safety devices took a giant leap forward, leaving my standard General anti-kickback and blade guard devices in the realm of the dinosaur. Still, it's a great saw that could be better if only there was a good, off the shelf retrofit available for an updated, more functional blade guard and riving knife.
I've handled many different makers' planes and Lie-Nielsen planes generally fit my (XL) hands best. Lie-Nielsen planes are things of beauty with form, fit, function all very well executed.
Well, after many years of flipping thru years of past, paper issues of Fine Woodworking to find that article I knew was in there somewhere, I found 208 issues of Fine Woodworking in a neat little, searchable package under the tree this year. Hooray!
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