Finger-Saving Table Saw Demo at Duluth's Acme Tools

Posted at: 11/30/2012 2:01 PM
Updated at: 11/30/2012 10:44 PM
By: Alan Hoglund

If you have ever used power tools, you most likely know the dangers they can pose.

A new product is taking a lot of that risk away, and a salesman gave customers a demonstration at Duluth's Acme Tools Friday morning.

Using a hot dog, Greg Tamm, a regional sales director with a company called SawStop, demonstrated a table saw that stops if it comes in contact with flesh. That means, if your finger touches the blade, a brake is triggered, the blade stops and pulls away from your hand.

He said it takes the blade five milliseconds to stop, which is ten times faster than an airbag deployment.

Tamm said "many people are surprised that table saw accidents happen every eight or nine minutes in North America. Every eight or nine minutes someone, somewhere puts their finger into a table saw."

In a news release, the company said the SawStop table saw costs about $4,000, it's a small price to pay in light of what medical bills can cost should you cut a finger. The release goes on to say that an average amputation costs about $100,000.

The company says the SawStop table saw has been on the market for a couple of years, and has already saved thousands of fingers.

Demonstrations happen again Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.