X

This website uses cookies.

This website uses cookies to improve user experience. By using our website you consent to all cookies in accordance with our Cookie Policy.

I agree
Learn More
Great Geek Gifts in the Technabob Shop!Get Technabob Daily: Join our Mailing List! | Follow Us: Facebook | Twitter
Awesomer Media Sites: THE AWESOMER | MIGHTYMEGA | 95OCTANE
subscribe to our rss feedsubscribe via e-mailfollow technabob on twittertechnabob facebook fan pageGoogle+follow us in feedly
Follow Us:

SawStop Does Its Best to Not Cut Your Finger Off

by Paul Strauss
Advertisement

If you’ve ever used a table saw, you’ve probably had the horrific image of your fingers going flying off if you slip.

saw_stop_table_saw_protector

The incredible SawStop system uses capacitive sensors to detect when you accidentally touch the deadly spinning blade with your flesh. The SawStop can detect skin within 5 milliseconds, and as soon as it senses flesh, an aluminum brake springs into action, stopping the blade and forcing the blade beneath the top of table. Power is instantly shut off at the same time. Your finger might get a little nick, but the injury potential is greatly limited by the system.

The technology manages to stop a saw that’s spinning at 5,000 RPM dead in its tracks. If you don’t believe it, check out this video of Steve Gass, SawStop’s creator, who’s so confident in his invention that he sticks his own finger right into the path of a spinning saw blade.

YouTube Preview Image

Sure, the mechanism pretty much destroys the saw blade and the mechanism in the fraction of a second that it takes to stop the blade on a dime, but I’d rather destroy $69 blade cartridge than lose my digits. And if you don’t believe it, check out these images of actual customer’s fingers which have been spared by SawStop technology.

Plus, as we learned from the video, it will also prevent hot dogs from being mangled – in case you frequently drop those into the buzz saw.

[via Make:]




Comments are closed for posts older than 90 days.

Recent Posts

Arduino Uno with Integrated Solderless Breadboard: BreadBro

Arduino Uno with Integrated Solderless Breadboard: BreadBro

Scientifically Accurate Dinosaur Action Figures: Beasts of the Mesozoic

Scientifically Accurate Dinosaur Action Figures: Beasts of the Mesozoic

Start Your Campfire with Dynamite!

Start Your Campfire with Dynamite!

The Daleks are Coming for Real

The Daleks are Coming for Real

Inflatable Unicorn Pool Float for a Magical Day at the Pool

Inflatable Unicorn Pool Float for a Magical Day at the Pool

More from Awesomer Media...

The Awesomer Logo MightyMega Logo 95octane Logo