It’s funny that the woodworking forums are starting to recognize that nothing good can ever come from discussions about Saw Stop and are now starting to preemptively shut down any threads about them, knowing the shit storm that is to come.It’s also funny how many people are now making the exact same arguments that I’ve made all along, that Saw Stops make people lazy, that they make people irresponsible, that they make people trust in the machine and not in their own skills. I don’t know if they got it from me or came up with it on their own, but bravo!
But because people are starting to realize the truth, the Saw Stop faithful are now trying to shut it all down. They don’t want the heretics to be heard and dissuade the gullible from joining their cult. So now, the second anyone says anything untoward about their holy saw, they shout them down or, as in this case, just arbitrarily kill the discussion before it can even get started because someone might utter an unflattering word about the all-holy Saw Stop name. In fact, even before the mods stepped in to kill the conversation, people were wondering how long they had to listen to this heresy before it could be stopped.
Now I’m not saying that it’s a terrible saw, it’s just middle-of-the-road, but it carries an absurdly high price tag for safety training wheels that you simply can never take off. And you have a cult behind it that decries personal responsibility and individual safety in favor of bowing down to the all-powerful safety brake that has to be continually circumvented to actually get anything done. And it’s interesting how many people in the most recent thread said they had no interest in ever owning a Saw Stop ever, for any reason. Going back to look at the poll provided, almost as many people said there was no way they would ever touch a Saw Stop as said they own one or would buy one.
And don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against safety, I have something against relying on technology to make you safe instead of just working safely to begin with. But that’s the modern mantra. Force safety onto people so they don’t have to actually be accountable for their actions. That’s what I oppose but the liberal whining and anti-responsibility crowd continues to persist.
I guess Saw Stop really is a religion, but it’s a religion that more and more people are starting to reject. I’m starting to see more distinct a-Saw-Stopism showing up every time the subject rears its ugly head. Maybe that’s a good thing, not because it’s more dangerous to use these tools, but because relying on technology, not having your own personal responsibility, is even more dangerous than the alternative.