Claim: Manufacturers say the price of their saws would rise with SawStop which would eliminate lower priced bench-top saws and give SawStop an unfair advantage.
*The part of the claim I focused on is bolded since more than one claim is given.
Claim Type: Consequential; this claim is saying the adopting the safer saw technology would end up giving SawStop an advantage.
Claim Evaluation: This is not a good claim. I do not understand what they are trying to say at all.
Claim: Approximately 40,000 Americans go to hospital emergency rooms every year with injuries sustained while operating table saws. About 4,000 of those injuries – or more than 10 every day – are amputations.
Table saw injuries cost the United States approximately $2 billion every year.
Claim Type: Consequential
Claim Evaluation: This claim makes sense and really appeals to people’s brains as well as their pockets.
3. Industry Spokespeople:
Claim: This claim is made by Larry Okrend, the Editor in Chief of HANDY magazine. Okrend says, “almost any tool can cause a serious injury when used improperly.”
Claim Type: Consequential
Claim Evaluation: This claim is not contradictory and does make sense. The claim is accurate because there is a risk in almost anything. While using a pen, as safe as it seems, someone could hurt them-self. This claim is very supportive to his argument because it is showing how unnecessary the SawStop is.
Claim: A plaintiff, Ryszard Wec, says his injury could have been avoided if the manufacturers had adopted the SawStop.
Claim Type: Consequential; Wec is saying not adopting the SawStop was bad because his injury could have been prevented.
Claim Evaluation: I think Wec’s claim is a very good one. It says something that is very substantial and powerful; that his injury could have been avoided. People who hear that would be very persuaded if they heard his claim.
5. Personal Injury Lawyers:
Claim: SawStop is a safety device that can detect skin contact with the saw blade, and stops the blade within milliseconds.
Claim Type: Definitional
Claim Evaluation: This is a good claim because it makes sense.
6. Government Officials:
Claim: Inez Tenenbaum, a chairman on the Consumer Product Safety Commission, states that many injuries from table saws are gruesome.
Claim Type: Consequential; Tenenbaum is saying table saws can cause gruesome injuries.
Claim Evaluation: This claim makes sense and is persuasive. It is a fact that appeals to people’s emotions.
7. News Reporters:
Claim: An NPR.org writer, Chris Arnold, says, “Gass’ saw uses an electrical sensor to detect when the blade touches flesh instead of wood. “
Claim Type: Definitional; he explains how the SawStop works.
Claim Evaluation: This claim is informative and gets the point across. It appeals to people’s brains and makes them think.