I was walking around a small strip shopping center on Sunday when I stumbled upon this arrangement outside a store that was being renovated. If you’ve been around woodworking for a few years or more, the photo should remind you of an event that was important to woodworking. I mean, of course, the Carlos Osorio vs. One World Technologies lawsuit – if you don’t recall this event, I’m sure a quick Internet search will bring you up to date.
I’ve often wondered how much progress we have made since those days. Admittedly, I continually hear woodworkers who are setting up shops talk about and purchase SawStop as their table saw of choice. Plus, that company has introduced a jobsite saw with the same technology, but I’m not hearing nearly as much discussion about that saw. And, as far as I know, the only other company with a similar product is Bosch, and its saw with Active Response Technology™ (GTS1041A-09) is not yet in stores.
I do have to gives this crew some props for having the splitter in place and the fence close by. I did not get to see anyone use the saw, but I’d like to think they were responsible. I guess that’s progress.
Have you switched to a “Safety” table saw yet? Would you choose a Jobsite or Worksite saw over a standard table saw to stay within your budget and get the new technology?