A Safer Tablesaw Finally Arrives
But will blade-stopping technology revolutionize the woodworking-tool industry?
Synopsis: Faster than the eye can see, the blade on the SawStop cabinet saw stops when it senses human flesh. A major leap forward in tablesaw safety, the machine has a brake that stops the blade instantly when it comes in contact with the operator, a riving knife that prevents kickback, and a user-friendly blade cover. Woodworker Kelly Mehler tested the SawStop and reports here on his findings.
For years I’ve advocated improvements in the safety design of tablesaws sold in the United States. After testing one of the first SawStop machines shipped from the Geetech factory in Taiwan, I’m happy to report that with this saw, the industry has made a major leap forward. (For a description of the features on this saw, see FWW #171, p. 34.)
This machine offers three valuable safety features: a brake that stops the blade instantly when it comes in contact with the…