This kind of stuff pops up constantly, as the Cult of Saw Stop tries to get people to buy their saws, whether people want them or not. So this guy starts asking what kind of table saw he should buy, which is always a dangerous topic, and someone pops up with:
If you continually find it difficult to stay focused, if your mind constantly wanders while running power tools, if you have extremely poor hand/eye coordination, if mechanical things confuse you, if working with tools has always been a mystery to you, if you are constantly injuring yourself on the simplest tasks, get the Saw Stop.
And my response was… you mean people who shouldn’t be woodworkers in the first place, right?
I’m sure I’m going to catch a bunch of shit for that, but it’s true. If you are incapable of safely moving wood past a spinning blade, you have no business having woodworking as a hobby. But this seems to be the only mantra Saw Stop owners have. It’s safe! Never mind it costs a ton of money for a component that the vast majority of users never trigger, but it’s safe!
Well so is just being careful. People have been working with wood for centuries, and they’ve been doing it with personal electronic saws for decades, and only a tiny minority have ever been seriously injured. Of those that have, the majority deserved it. They did something stupid. They weren’t paying attention. I mean hell, the first thing most of these Saw Stop morons do is take all of the guards off of their saws. They don’t care about safety, they only want to ignore their own responsibility for using the saw correctly.
These are the same kinds of people who want self-driving cars, because then they’re not responsible if anything goes wrong. It’s not their fault. They don’t even have to try. I suspect most of these people would love to have self-cutting saws too.
Not me. I pass. I’ve been working with wood and big spinning knives for 40 years and I’ve never been seriously injured. And by seriously, nothing more than getting splinters or minor cuts with hand tools. I have never even come close to coming in contact with a power tool blade. I know what I’m doing. I never even go into the shop if I’m distracted. I don’t make any cut that I can’t pay complete attention to and haven’t thought about seriously. I have all of my fingers and toes and I plan to keep it that way. All of my tools have all of their guards and I don’t make any cut if it isn’t as safe as I can make it. I don’t rely on my tools for my safety, I rely on my brain. Too bad so many of these other idiots can’t do that.