1. The constituent i have chosen to quote is from the perspective of handymen who have had experience with the saw, more specifically Larry Okrend, and have given their personal opinion of it, however stating that it is not needed; the handymen understand that safer saws are always a good thing, but working in a shop where these are present requires more focus and common sense than “guaranteed” safety.
2. “After researching the facts of the case, I think mandating SawStop’s technology across the board is unnecessary and counterproductive. Table saws are only part of the power-tool safety problem. Almost any tool can cause a serious injury when used improperly. I’d like to see technology address the hazards of using shapers, circular saws, routers, planers and other high-risk tools. Even so, I know that technology alone can’t eliminate risk. There’s no substitute for staying alert and focused and strictly adhering to safe work practices.”
3. Okrend is making an evaluational claim, having both used the SawStop technology and weighing options for utilizing it against the cons.
4. Any statement made by an actual handyman who has been able to use the SawStop technology is absolutely going to hold more weight than anyone else; opinions from companies and even the creator are going to be biased. Okrend recognizes the benefits of the technology and what it can do to prevent injury, but rightfully so he stands with accepting that anyone in this profession looking for the pinnacle of safety is in the wrong occupation. His stance is surprising and quite bold, as it would possibly make more “sense” to simply advertise the SawStop’s benefits, and his understanding the reality of the situation is quite refreshing. Okrend’s being a handyman is already persuasive enough, to both the public and other handymen, but his stating that not every saw should legally be obligated to use the technology comes across strong, and his conclusion with handymen needing a degree of common sense and responsibility just drives his point home completely.
5. I can say without a doubt that i agree with Okrend. Safer saw technology would be wonderful, as no one actually wants to lose a finger, and more power to SawStop for trying. But with it risking every saw being legally obligated to use the technology and the ever-possible repurcussive law entanglements there are too many faults to accept it. His points on responsibility had me nodding in agreement, as I too feel that if you are a handyman then you already understand the dangers of the job and have to be as careful as possible. Safety-nets just make it easier to personally slip-up, and if someone is not comfortable with that, the answer is not safer saws, but to leave the profession entirely.