Our beloved 45 year-old table saw is dead. We would like to take advantage of this loss by upgrading to a much safer system.
The table saw is the most heavily used stationary power tool in most any wood shop. It may also be the most dangerous as its blade by nature is exposed and the operator must push material past that blade.
For well over a decade shops have been switching over to SawStop systems as a much safer system. We would like to do the same.
A little background on the SawStop system. The saw senses when something squishy like your finger is touching the running saw blade and then there is an expendable (one use and it's done) cartridge that stops the saw instantly. The canisters are quite expensive, but weighed against a lost finger probably quite cheap. We have talked to several people around Fairbanks who use them, and unanimously they have said that this is the way to go.
Our woodworking programs have grown a great deal over the years. This fall we've had 22 adult students for a total of 427 contact hours in addition to many hours of prep time by instructors. And with the other woodworking classes, our faithful table saw had many hundreds of hours of use. Then totally died.
We have been very fortunate to have never had an accident in our shop and we are doing our best to maintain that record. A SawStop table saw would play a huge role in helping us maintain that perfect record.
Please help us purchase this much needed tool. This campaign will cover the cost of the saw and a couple of blade and cartridge replacements to have on hand. Anything beyond the goal will go toward additional blades and cartriges and other supplies for the workshop.
Thank you so much!