The time had come for a new table saw, not that there was anything wrong with my trusty contractors saw, but I was finding myself doing more projects requiring more power.  For years Lisa cringed whenever I turn on the table saw and the lights dim… although I have always worked by the adage … if what I am about to do doesn’t feel safe DON’T do it!   But with spending more time in the shop the chances of something happening  increase proportionally.  A very good friend of mine badly cut his thumb on a table saw and he’s an experienced woodworker.

So at Lisa’s insistence, and it didn’t take much persuading,  I bought the 3HP Professional Cabinet Saw with the 36″ rip fence.

If you have not seen the promotional video  it’s worth watching – certainly sold me on the product and it’s a VERY well built saw – the last saw I would ever need.

How does it work:

The blade carries a small electrical signal, much like a lamp you turn on by touching it.  When skin contacts the blade, the signal changes because the human body is conductive.  The change to the signal is detected and activates the safety system. An aluminum brake springs into the spinning blade, stopping it within milliseconds and the blade’s angular momentum drives it beneath the table, removing the risk of subsequent contact and power to the motor is shut off.

Click the image below for a quick overview of the assembly