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January 11, 2006
2:49 PM

Post #1969085

I saw this on another site this morning and thought it was interesting.

The Sawstop system induces an electrical signal onto the blade and then monitors that signal for changes. The human body has a relatively large inherent electrical capacitance and conductivity- if the system detects this, the blade drops out in 5 miliseconds! Check out the video when the saw comes in contact with a hotdog.
Temecula, CA
(Zone 8b)

January 11, 2006
3:09 PM

Post #1969126

Whoa, that's a pretty neat thing. I must admit that I love my Jet tablesaw, but something like this would certainly make me less likely to freak out and hover when Pam or one of the ranch hands needs or wants to use the table saw. Even when I'm working with it, I have periodic visions of fingers flying
Marysville, WA
(Zone 7a)

January 11, 2006
6:05 PM

Post #1969555

I guess $2,800 plus accessories and shipping isn't much compared to the loss
of a finger or two, or for a professional's shop, but for a 'hobbiest' its a bunch.
The technology is downright amazing. Who could think of something like this
even being possible.

January 11, 2006
7:59 PM

Post #1969779

The thing that interests me is that the technology has been created, and they could license it to those companies who produce this stuff for the hobby market.

Imagine having a router whose bit ground to a quick halt if it slips and touches your hand, for example.

Presque Isle, MI
(Zone 5a)

February 4, 2006
12:48 PM

Post #2021616

Question for the experts.
Why don't we use glue such Liquid Nails or other construction adhesives for furniture or cabinet making.

Marysville, WA
(Zone 7a)

February 4, 2006
4:59 PM

Post #2022164

Perhaps one reason is the thickness of the glue. Cabinetry requires tight fitting joinery and squeezing Liquid Nails during clamping might make the glue line too weak. Don't know, but it's a guess.
Royston, GA
(Zone 7b)

February 25, 2006
11:44 AM

Post #2070011

That is too cool. I wish thisx was affordable to the hobbyist. I am still trying to get over my inital fear of using a table saw.

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