The Great Schwarz Saw Stop Debate Of 2013
Christopher Schwarz bought a Saw Stop.
After he announced his new saw on his blog twitter was all a flurry about the purchase, about the reason and opinions for the purchase expressed in his post and about how he turned comments off on the post because he has “no desire to hear the same histrionics that pollute the message boards.”
I read the post and watched the banter on twitter. I didn't see enough of what I think was the the right was to assess what Chris did.
Saying he was right about the saw is the easy part. I’ve watched a good friend take off two fingers on his table saw. To those who say they’re safe enough without it, I call bullshit. I think that anyone who doesn’t want a Saw Stop is an idiot. When you can get a saw that is matched as the best on the market in terms of build quality & functionality and that same saw comes with a revolutionary safety mechanism unaffordability is the only excuse not to buy one. And, as Chris’ numbers attest to, even that is a bad and lame excuse. I will certainly be buying one as soon as my tool fund allows.
|I watched this happen. Please don't tell me you don't need a Saw Stop.|
Saying Chris was right about Saw Stops’ politics might be harder for some. Though I don’t always agree with Chris on politics or woodworking (I cut moldings with a router), I think his comments were spot on regarding the way Saw Stop has lobbied to mandate the use of it’s patented technology. This strikes me as blatant corporate greed. I think that Saw Stop should take the money they spent lobbying and instead work to reduce the cost of their saws. Then there would be no excuses not to buy one.
Besides how we cut moldings, another difference between Chris and I is the number of blog readers and commenters we each have. While I can only guess at his numbers, I’m sure they greatly exceed mine. Given the vitriol that comes out when items like the Saw Stop are discussed, I don’t think I would have allowed comments if I were him. I can’t think of how having a nasty argument about the politics of the saw would have added any value to the conversation.
I’m hoping that my smaller audience means that my comments won’t get too nasty, however I do reserve the right to turn them off if it does get nasty.To Chris, I hope you enjoy the new saw. It was a good choice.