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Just picked up my brand new Saw Stop Contractor saw with 36" fence and mobile base from the Woodcraft Store in Franklin TN which was about 90 minutes from my home in Bowling Green KY. They had it all on a pallet and fork lifted it up so I could get it slid into the truck bed. Once I got home I got got out all the boxes into the garage. Then the big job was to get the saw itself out of the truck. So I cut up the box and all the Styrofoam and was able get the saw out and put on a box and rolled it in. So later today I will get started on getting the saw set up.
This is a storage bench I made from a tree that one of my brothers cut down at his home. It took me three years to build it, mostly because I'm disabled and have had 11 surgeries in that time with one more on my neck coming up. I had to make the drawer out of white oak because I ran out of wood from the tree. I glued a bunch of scrap oak I had sitting around, I made sure the grain on the front of the drawer matched. I used hand cut dovetails for the drawer. Router cut dovetails for the seat box. I used through tenons on the side and arms of the bench. I also used pegs for the slats to make sure they stay put. I did a lot of hand tool work on this project because I enjoy the more hand on approach. I've been buying more and more hand tools but I do have a Profesional saw stop table saw too. I guess I like to mix it up, I'm glad to finally have this project done. Tomorrow we are having an unveiling party for the bench I hope he likes it. Thank you for reading my ramblings. Jaime
I came across this review of the new Bosch Jobsite Table Saw that is supposed to being coming out in the fall. It has a new design to lower and stop the blade if it comes into contact with your finger like the "Saw Stop" table saw. The big difference is that it instead of a destructive stopping mechanism like the "Saw Stop" that instantly stops the blade and lowers it below the table top and destroys the blade, the Bosch uses "Air Bag Technology" using their specific Patents in automotive safety and the blade drops and then is stopped through side friction (think disc brakes) causing no harm to the blade. The Bosch system when it senses the touching of a finger or body part activates the a canister of compressed air to "blow" the blade arm down below the table top and then the using side pressure stops the blade. The system can be easily reset in just a couple of minutes (excluding the time it takes you to change your underwear) as you have to remove the throat plate and with a special tool remove the dual air canister and rotate and reinstall it. Currently this is slated to be released only on the Bosch job site saw, but it is a technology that could be incorporated into larger table saws as well when new designs come out in the future. Here is a link to a review of the Bosch saw which has a video in it: http://www.protoolreviews.com/tools/power/corded/saws/bosch-reaxx-table-saw-gts1041a-preview/14811/ Here is a YouTube video without the written review: Here is a photo of the mechanism from underneath the saw when the blade has been pushed down by the canister. You can see the dual canister with 1 of the pistons having been engaged and pushed the blade down below the table: Here is a photo of the dual air canister being changed and reset through the top of the table saw:
I've never seen a saw stop demo in person, but have seen a few videos and I was very impressed. However one question. If you have a saw stop, would you be more inclined NOT to use your guard? I know most guys don't anyway, but using it makes all cutting safer, especially on some of the more risky cuts and kick back risks too. Anyone have an opinion that owns one?
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