Carpentry has run in both sides of my family for years. Thus, I have several relatives who have lost fingers via table saws. Such accidents are common.
It is reported that every year around 70,000 of such mishaps take place. That is why I was delighted to discover they have finally invented a fully functioning flesh-detecting table saw. This machine is designed to automatically shut down instantly upon contact with flesh. Technically, this technology came out a decade ago.
This kind of flesh-detecting table saw was first invented with SawStop technology by Steve Glass in 2002. Since that time they have not been able to figure out how to create one such table saw that does not break after an automatic shut-down–until now. The problem has been resolved. They have additionally figured out how to keep the blade from being damaged during the shut-down procedure.
Portable jobsite table saw
On March 18, 2015 Bosch presented the REAXX portable jobsite table saw with its new flesh-detecting style Active Response Technology. The Active response technology itself is not brand new with the company. They have previously used the technology to bring safety features to other of their power tool products.
For the flesh-detecting table saw, they used the same kind of technology as the smartphone finger-detection capability. Just as the smartphone screen automatically detects your touch, the blade automatically detects your flesh.
The shut-down process includes the blade retracting into the table saw. Unlike its predecessor, the un-commissioned saw will be able to restart in just 60 seconds. To this end, the saw also comes equipped with two-shot cartridges that can be used twice to do a restart before a replacement cartridge must be purchased.
There is actually storage available for extra cartridges so that you can have extras on-hand just in case. A two-shot cartridge means that after an automatic-shut down the user will just need to rotate the cartridge so it can be used one more time. You can also shut off the feature when sawing certain conductive materials that might set it off by accident.
For your additional safety during such times the saw is also equipped with LED warning lights that indicate when it is and isn’t safe to operate the machine. There are various colors indicating different things: Yellow means the machine is set to bypass mode for cutting through conductive material, red means there is a problem and the machine won’t start until the problem is corrected, and blue means the machine needs to be serviced.
We will not have long to wait
The saw is scheduled to be on sale for $1,500 this fall and is being reviewed in more detail at The Sharp Cut so check it out I would say.