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Thinking about safety lately...
I've been wondering about the powers of magnetic hold-downs during table saw operations. I like the idea, and it seems real convenient to be able to place them on the table wherever you need it. The real question I have is about the claim that they protect you from kickback. Can they really be powerful enough to hold back a 5/4 hunk of wood flown by a 3HP Unisaw?
Does anyone have any further information about the "saw stop" innovation that was released about a year ago? For those of you who haven't heard about this, it's a new invention that puts a brake on the table saw, and stops it instantly in the event that your finger touches the blade. It has a complex system of sensing any moisture. On the Saw Stop Web site, they demonstrate by pushing a hot dog into the saw blade and all it gets is a minor nick. I've been wondering if any progress has been made in releasing this to the general market.