Recently, Bosch announced they were coming out with a jobsite saw that had a similar safety feature to Saw Stop and would probably cost much less. It seems like only a matter of time before Bosch starts putting out a big cabinet saw as well. I’ve seen the wars start, the Saw Stop fanboys vs. the Saw Stop haters and one thing has come to light that both surprises me and makes me shake my head at the same time.
Lots of Saw Stop owners are saying they’re now paying more attention to coming into contact with the blade because they don’t want the brake to ruin an expensive blade. Well, dumbass, isn’t that the whole point? Not to touch the blade?
Seriously, I don’t get the stupidity of people. These are the same people who buy a saw that has an expensive safety feature and then they take the guards off their saws because it’s inconvenient. If you watch woodworking content on YouTube, virtually 100% of them, especially the ones with Saw Stops, have no blade guards, even on cuts where they can easily be used. These people are working safely? Hell no they’re not! Maybe if these people had just been careful all along, if they had thought that they should keep their fingers out of the way of the spinning wheel of death, that they wouldn’t feel the need to have a nanny state device in the first place.
And if you point this out to them? They invariably say something like “I don’t want to make a bad decision or not be thinking about what I’m doing and lose a finger”. Well guess what, numbnuts, don’t make bad decisions and don’t use the equipment if you can’t keep your mind on the work! If you’re tired, if you’re distracted, don’t go using big, dangerous machinery! It’s really not that hard.
If you’re more worried about ruining a $200 blade, plus another $70 for a new brake than you are about your own fingers, you have your priorities skewed. If you’re going to turn your physical safety over to some mechanical device because you’re too irresponsible to do it yourself, you deserve to lose some fingers. You’re too stupid to be woodworking in the first place.