Thursday, 27 August 2009

MACHINE OF THE DAY: The world’s safest bench saw

Meet the world’s safest bench saw . . .

It’s by SawStop.


  1. These new-fangled bench saws are going to put a whole lot of doctors (who would otherwise be sewing people's fingers back on) out of work. Looks like I'll have to get a few colleagues together and smash these saws. Rage against the machine! The Luddites strike back!

  2. When I was an apprentice at the local newspaper in the 1970s, my fellow apprentice chopped the end off his pinky on the bench saw used for cutting up lead slugs and headlines.
    He ran squealing around the factory, blood pumping out all over the place. somebody had to rugby tackle him to stop him.
    No guards on that machine.
    Lucky OSH wasnt around in those days - the place would have been shut down in an instant.

    Molten lead everywhere.

    When it rained the roof would leak, and drops of water would land in the molten lead pots on the linotype machines, causing the lead to jump out all over the operator.

    Great fun!

  3. I read about these a few years ago...the problem at the time was that if they installed the technology in expensive saws, they could be sued by people who bought cheap saws without the safety feature (govt can't have people unable to afford safety!!), and were worried that they've have to install it in all their saws, pricing the low end out of the market; so the solution was not to sell it at all.


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