When I bought my table saw two years ago I thought long and hard about which one to buy. Should I go the low ball, medium or higher end. I bought the Sawstop contractors saw. It fits my needs and by the way it is a great saw. I read all the comments about accidents being the persons fault. Yep I agree. ALL of us make mistakes . I bought the Sawstop so that when and if I make a mistake the odds are on MY side. All of you who are gung ho anti regulation and think all those folks who made mistakes and suffered serious injury were at fault, good luck. I truly hope you don't have an injury. For me, I'm glad there is a company who sells a product with my safety in mind. If you insist upon using that table saw that cost you a few hundred bucks less, please make sure you have really good health insurance to cover the thousands of dollars for reconstructive surgery and rehabilitation services.
I am amazed at the number of folks willing to defend the right to allow themselves to maimed and injured. I am amazed at the number of people who somehow "blame" Mr. Gass for inventing a great device to protect someone from an injury that could affect their livelihood for the rest of their life.
Since so many are concerned about costs but none that I've read mention the medical cost for paying for a saw injury. An emergency room visit, surgery and continuing care are a minimum of $30,000. A number of contractor saws are in the $500-$600 range. Do the math, SawStop contractor saw for $1499. The difference is worth about $1000. Ask yourself, is finger worth $1000. The way I look at it, buying a SawStop might save me a finger and $29,000.
I've used a Delta 10 "contractor saw for the last 15 years. I learned about the SawStop in Finewoodworking. I took me two years to come up with the money to buy the SawStop. The saw is a quality tool I would recommend to anyone. And by the way it is safe also.
For all of you woodworkers out there who want the right to use any table saw they want because "I'm safe and those other guys are stupid" I truly hope you are correct. I wouldn't want you to have your hand maimed like that "stupid guy" in the law suit.
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