Here's something interesting for everybody to read. It's the warranty disclaimer from SawStop's website:
SawStop disclaims any and all other express or implied warranties, including merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. SawStop shall not be liable for death, injuries to persons or property, or incidental, consequential, contingent or special damages arising from the use of the saw.
What that means, I guess, is that the people at SawStop doesn't believe they should be held any more liable than the fine folks at Ryobi thought they should.
So, even before your SawStop is out of its 2 year warranty period, I guess you can't count on that super-duper, idiot proof, touch-your-tongue-to-the-spinning-blade-I-dare-you technology to work. Better you should only go in the workshop when you're alert, awake, un-hurried and well-aware of the dangers of woodworking.
I absolutely 100% agree with Maya1 the ER doc. Manufacturers should be required to install all available safety devices or be forced to remove their products from the market place.
Likewise, all drivers should be required to purchase Volvos. Thousands of people die each year in auto accidents. Usually, the deceased was an experienced driver. Sometimes fatigue was a factor. Sometimes it was somebody rushing to get someplace on their lunch hour. In retrospect each of them made a mistake. That shouldn't lead so many bloggers to call them stupid, or to suggest that they deserved to have an accident.
I think anything that can be done to improve auto safety should be taken seriously. Many of the people criticizing this case will eventually have accidents. How much is preventing an accidental death worth to them?
I think it's likely that the wide adoption of this safety device (I recommend the XC90 -its wide comfortable seats, cup holders and MP3 plug-in will bring you serious street cred with the soccer moms!) will bring its cost down significantly and mandating this will not prove to be a huge burden
By the way, does Fine Woodworking really have a banner ad at the top of this discussion for MalmanLaw.com? "INJURED At Work? In An Accident? Nursing Home?" "95% of our client's [sic] cases settle without every going to court".
C'mon, now, Taunton? Have your grown that revenue-deprived? At least be topical, "INJURED By Ryobi? By Bosch? By Delta?" "If we cannot collect for you, our services are FREE"
I applaud this award. If not for the greed of the Ryobi Tool Company --trading safety for just a few extra dollars of filthy lucre-- that poor man would have been protected.
Now, it's time for us all to take the next step and file a class action suit against Steve Gass and those nasty capitalists at SawStop. After all, if it weren't for their greed in trying to extract every last penny in licensing payments from those poor hardworking folks at Ryobi Tool--who are just trying to earn a decent living--that saw would have been equipped with super-duper, idiot proof, touch-your-tongue-to-the-spinning-blade-I-dare-you technology. Such greed I've never imagined.
Seriously, folks. Calm down. Provided the Ryobi saw performed as designed (always an "if"), this turkey will get overturned on appeal and we can all go back to our other bitches about the nanny state.
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