Broken record

I don’t like to repeat myself, but at the risk of The Boss thinking I’m taking the lazy way out for today’s blog I’d like to revisit last Friday’s topic one more time.

If we set the Wayback Machine* to last Friday, you may recall that I challenged you in a more or less blatant put-up-or-shut-up way regarding the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s call for public comment regarding table saw safety standards. In other words, it’s a referendum on SawStop. That comment period was due to end on Monday, Dec. 12. However, the CPSC has extended that deadline by an additional 60 days, till Feb 10, 2012.

I didn’t really research the reason for the extension, although if I had to guess it’s because most of the comments they got were the same worthless, meaningless, off-topic rhetoric I discussed last Friday. Like them or hate them, the CPSC is very serious about meaningful public comment when contemplating new standards. The typical cry-and-moan arguments common to every discussion of SawStop that I’ve seen – if that’s the kind of comments they’ve gotten, and I suspect it is – aren’t helpful. More heat than light, as I noted last week.

So here I am again. As regular readers know, I am heartily sick and tired of all the SawStop cry-and-moan rhetoric. Good, valid, thoughtful arguments pro or con? Sure, that’s fine. But that’s not what discussion has mostly been to this point. Instead, it’s been an earache-inducing drone of whiners that reminds why I don’t miss my 20-year career as a talk-radio host.

And, so, here it is one last time: Get off your nether region and take a valid, well-thought-out stand on the issue, and provide the CPSC with a comment regarding the issue of table saw standards. Don’t do it here; that’s pointless. Do it where it will count. All the pertinent info and links to the CPSC comment process is in last Friday’s blog, “Or forever hold your peace.”

Unless something new comes up regarding SawStop (and it won’t; there simply isn’t anything new) this is the last you’ll hear from me on the subject until the CPSC has its say.

*The actual spelling used in the Mr. Peabody cartoons was “WABAC,” which was a fictional acronym for his machine. Didn’t really stand for anything, though; it was just supposed to be a computer-like acronym that sounded like “Wayback” when said aloud. But, I’m sure you already knew all that.



  • J D Grove says:

    I think of safety every time I turn a switch on. Let’s face it, accidents happen! Otherwise, they would be called “on purposes”. Those who oppose the saw stop technology obviosly think you can buy another finger for a few hundred dollars. I am anxious to see this technology used on a few other machines such as miter saws and band saws. I’m for it!

  • Doug Darter says:

    Hey JD, if you want the technology it’s available. Go buy it for yourself, just don’t force it on those of us who do not want it.

  • W Scherr says:

    The idea that the “technology” is available so we all should be forced to use it is not valid in my opinion. By this measure why are not all passenger vehicles required to have the same safety technology that Mercedes Benz has on their cars/SUVs. If the technology is there and you feel it is important than you have every right to make the purchase for yourself.

    In all the discussion I have seen on Saw Stop and one thing I have never seen brought up is what you cannot do with the saw. I own a wood manufacturing business where we have several table saws and I will admit that when the day comes to replace one of our table saws I may decide to go with a Saw Stop for one or two saws in our facility. I very recently purchased the new Delta Unisaw for my home shop – I looked at the Saw Stop carefully before I made the purchase. One of the things I discovered – especially if this will be your only table saw, is that there are some operations you cannot do with a Saw Stop. You cannot use a molding cutter head in the saw with an aluminum body or a diameter that is not correct for the pickup unit on the saw. Also, if you are one that works with inlays or cut small parts on the saw and like to use a fine tooth 7-1/4″ blade with a zero throat plate – you cannot do this on a Saw Stop. These were the two reasons I decided for the Unisaw over the Saw Stop for myself. The Unisaw will be the only saw I have in my home shop and it needs to be able to do all the tasks I ask of it. In my business with several saw I can use the Saw Stop where we do our manual cutting – can always use another saw for special operations where the need arises (most of those are setup with power feeds, cross-cut sleds etc).

    Before you buy a Saw Stop make sure it will do what you need. If the saw fits your needs and you want to spend the extra for their safety technology by all means buy the saw.

  • Bill alexander says:

    To whom it may concern: Every operator of any tablesaw! Please get a life folks, I am 65 years old and have operating various types and brands of table saws since approximately 1958. All digits in place! Why? I practice safety each and every time I switch on ALL power tools. We pay enough for what we buy – if you want Saw Stop technology go buy it. But don’t force it on everybody else too! VOTE NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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