As KnotScott says, “This is raw and short, but the last one is worth going to the presses for…” He’s right, it’s worth going to press with! I moved the last one up to the front… It’s a table saw safety device that stops the blade when it senses your fingers. And unlike SawStop, it doesn’t wait until your finger actually touches the blade. Also unlike SawStop the device is after market so you can keep your old table saw ;)
1) New Blade Stopping Competition for Saw Stop! (WoodNet)
Chipper JR sums it up with appropriate enthusiasm: “I see a major concept shift vs SawStop. This system is sensing when your hand is 1″ or so away from the blade using the virtual fence and deploying the brake rather than waiting unit actual contact with the blade.”
Here’s the Whirlwind demonstrated by David, its creator:
And no, we don’t carry it yet at ToolCrib.com ;) As the Whirlwind site states: “This site presents limited disclosure of pending table saw safety patents which are available for assignment or license. This is not a consumer website and there is currently no hardware available for these products.”
2) The Griz 1023 gets an update!
Updates include, according to WoodNetters:
> riving knife
> serp belt instead of the old 3 V-belt drive
> a dust shroud
> quick release throat plate
And, oh yeah, Grizzly CEO Shiraz Balolia makes a guest appearance in the thread and confirms: “Yes, there was major re-engineering to some of the saws.”
3) Drill Press Capacity how much do you really use?
Making the drill press decision can be tough! This thread walks woodworkers through the decision making process.
We do have drill presses ;)
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