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I got one of these sets for Christmas two years ago and almost always have the bit I need. Also, this might just be a rumor, but I think if you buy 10 or more sets, they'll throw in gift-wrapping for free.
surfsidebill, you make a reasonable argument for some responsibility of the manufacturer. None of us knows the details, but here's some food for thought:
- If you would have paid the additional price, have you purchased one directly from sawstop.com for your own table saw?
- Has there been a lobby (is 'initiative' the right legal term?) to pass a law requiring the safety stop for every table saw? (I'm not fond of legislation through the judicial system.)
- Was there a failure of the tool to work as designed, and does that design meet all industry and government safety standards? (If the power switched failed frequently and the company did nothing to fix or communicate that problem, for instance, I would expect someone to win a lawsuit.)
- Have other saw-makers been sued for the same issue? (sounds like they have, which might indicate a changing 'industry standard')
- Should it be illegal to sell a saw without this safety mechanism, or should it be illegal to operate a saw without this safety mechanism?
- Has the injury frequency been higher with this model than others? (If so, maybe the safety issue is not the flesh-sensor.)
- (I think) Suits such as this are what brought us safety belts, air bags, better brake lights, and many other safety devices as standard elements of the car. Is it a bad thing that the same process is changing (or might change) this industry?
I'm not sure my own opinion on all of these questions. I generally do agree with our legal system (no system is perfect), and if the jury or trial was biased, then likely that will be identified in the appeal process.
I just borrowed my friend's table saw and you won't believe what happened. It took a perfectly nice (and expensive) Mahogany board and cut it in half. That normally isn't a problem, but in this case, it cut one half 2" too long and the other half 2" too short!
Anyone know who I can sue for the price of a mahogany board and the mental anguish that goes along with mismatched board lengths?
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