Power tools are amazing. They make many jobs go faster and smoother with a cleaner result. However, they can also be dangerous. With all of their fast-moving apparatuses, they can be a serious hazard if you’re not careful. Every year, power tool accidents account for approximately 400,000 emergency room visits. As of July 2022, there had already been 29,000 table saw injuries treated in emergency rooms in the U.S. So, is a SawStop table saw worth the investment?
Unique Safety Technology
SawStop saws are touted as being the safest table saws on the market. It might sound too good to be true, but their unique safety technology has been proven time and again to work, saving digits, limbs, and possibly even lives.
SawStop has created a table saw that has an electric signal running through it. The signal is monitored by an internal computer that activates the saw’s safety mechanism when the signal is altered, which happens when conductive material touches the blade—conductive material such as the human body. When the safety mechanism activates, it deploys a brake that stops the blade, and the blade is also immediately retracted so that it is fully disengaged to avoid any chance of serious injury. This safety mechanism is deployed in less than 5 milliseconds once contact with flesh is detected.
Once this safety mechanism is deployed, all that’s left to do is replace the blade, if necessary, as well as the brake. This takes approximately 90 seconds, and then you can get right back to work with all of your fingers still attached.
Appropriate Safety Gear
There’s no denying that SawStop’s safety technology is amazing and can significantly impact the number of emergency room visits each year. That said, this technology doesn’t replace the need for appropriate safety gear and mindful practices while working with potentially dangerous power tools. Also, be sure to wear, at the very least, an apron and safety goggles that will protect you from debris and other workshop dangers.
The Cost of Healthcare
For some people, the cost of a SawStop might seem a bit high. Power tools are an investment, and deciding whether a SawStop is worth that investment is up to the individual. However, consider the costs it could save you by ensuring that your digits stay attached to your hand. Aside from the physical harm you can avoid, losing a digit or having one reattached can result in a hefty hospital bill that pours salt into the wound of an already painful experience. Investing in a SawStop table saw can help you avoid this and offer you peace of mind every time you need to use your table saw for a project.
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