SawStop’s 10” cabinet saw was developed from the ground up with a particular focus on safety and quality. It features a revolutionary safety system that stops and retracts the blade (within 5 milliseconds) upon accidental contact, drastically reducing the severity of user injury.
The SawStop safety system includes an electronic detection system that detects when a person contacts the blade. The system induces an electrical signal onto the blade and then monitors that signal for changes. The human body has a relatively large inherent electrical capacitance and conductivity which cause the signal to drop when a person contacts the blade. Wood has a relatively small inherent capacitance and conductivity and does not cause the signal to drop.
Here are some video clips of the SawStop technology in action with a hotdog, not fingers.
I would be curious to know if anyone has any experience with this product. They have one “save” story here, but I am guessing they wouldn’t post an incedent that turned out badly.
The base price for the 10” cabinet saw at $2,799.00 is steep, but not outrageous.