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Lawyer Turned Inventor Fights Tool Makers

Posted November 25, 2006 8:00 AM

It sounds like a great idea – SawStop contains sensors that can stop a buzz saw in 3/1000 of a second. Designed by a patent lawyer/woodworking hobbyist Stephen Gass, the invention has yet to make its way onto any commercially produced saw. Now working with the Consumer Product Safety Commission, can he force safety on the manufacturers?

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11/26/2006 11:25 AM

No I don't think you can.

These things should work the opposite way. A manufacturer that failles to introduce a safety device, known in the industry to function, and approved by the consumer product safety board, (or any other like body,) should be held responsible for any damages caused by his product for lack of this particular safety device. On the other hand, a manufacturer that did install that safety device should be totally covered by a special liability insurance in case of a law suit. I am NOT a lawyer, so it may sound unprofessional but I am sure the intention is clear.

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01/07/2007 12:01 PM

The videos of SawStop amazed me. Years ago I worked around two guys who had lost (fortunately?) only a couple of finger tips working with table and mitre saws. SawStop videos never showed a glove-wearing operator using their saw. In Pa/WV or anywhere during a cold winter, I'm not sure that guys with ice in their beards will be working gloveless out in the cold. SawStop deserves to be on 60Minutes, its an amazing solution. They don't spotlight their price list nor do they comment on gloveless only utilization of their product. That's the NextStop for SawStop. Great idea that needs to be made greater. Thanks - Ed

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02/17/2007 6:06 PM

RE: glove saw users -


The gloves won't make any difference. Once the saw has cut through the glove and contacts the skin it will activate the brake mechanism.

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01/15/2007 8:41 PM

Just what we all need. More self serving lawyers and the intrusion of a Nanny Government Consumer Product Safety Commission to cram it down our throats.

It matters not whether it is a conventional saw safety blade guard or a saw stop, the manufacturers would install them if they were cost effective.

Saw accidents and loss of fingers are not because there were no safety devices but because the saw user was ignoratant, inattentive, careless, or didn't keep his attention forcused on the job at hand.

Safety consciousness is the first lesson an apprentice in any trade or hobby should be taught and he should learn it well. They are his fingers and/or hand that will suffer the most.

Keep a sharp mind and eye (with safety glasses) on the job, do it safely and right the first time!

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05/24/2007 8:51 AM

I agree with Stirling Stan. There are many tools which require extreme caution by the user. Using tools safely is the user's responsibility. What next, a fire hose attached to a welding torch?

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07/02/2007 8:57 PM

This post is hopelessly out of date. Been discussed before. Why again? Advertising!

The Saw Stop is in production and for sale, nationwide, through "Woodcraft" stores.

Reintroduce a controversial product and get attention, good or bad, get more nanny gov't. to promote the sale and use of his product for his welfare.

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