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Thursday, April 27, 2017

SawStop Router Tables & New Saw Options

coptool.com: We always wondered how SawStop might expand upon their brand, we all first got introduced to them for their innovative safety feature that prevents table saw injuries. Overtime however people have come to associate SawStop Saws not just as a safety feature, but for very high quality professional table saws. Already they have expanded to every type of table saw market from large industrial saws to the portable jobsite table saw JSS-MCA, which after a quick bout of competition is again the only portable table saw option with a flesh detecting technology.

9 comments:

Galen shila said...

Sawstop table saws are incredible and as the article stated they are not only safe but are high quality tools as well. When i first read the title of the article i was excited for a router table that stops in case of injury but alas we are not there yet. Although it is exciting to see Sawstop expand and create some high quality add ons for their saws. I have seen countless videos of people jurry rigging their table saws to accommodate different things and hold other tools. Now by no means is this bad. But you cant go wrong when a company comes out with hardware specifically designed for their saws. With the reputation of sawstops high quality manufacturing you can really go wrong. I always find that when you find a company that dose good high quality work you just cant go wrong with them. Not only that but in the long run it usually pays for itself.

Chris Calder said...

Well, that was a major tease. I was thinking that Saw Stop had come out with a new product, but, no. To be honest, what Saw Stop has is pure genius, and everyone knows it. Most people would just invent this technology and sell it to so name brand, but instead, they just completely blew everyone out of the water. Not only have they found a way to incorporate this technology into the saw, but they have also managed to make an extremely high-end piece of equipment. As I was reading the article I was shocked to hear that Saw Stop isn’t trying to branch into the other tool categories. I would almost assume that they would be able to significantly increase profit margins. Every person that already has the table saw would most likely buy the router. If they ever were to build a router I would like to see some kind of guard protection that would prevent the bit from flying out of the holder.

David Kelley said...

Fun I first saw the title of this article I was very interested mostly because I thought that they would be introducing a Saw Stop router with the flesh detection technology. However after actually reading the article I was pretty disappointed because the next new and exciting venture from them is router tables, and not necessarily even very innovative at that. While I do like the setup of their table saw tables I'm not sure that I would look to them to buy a relatively high end standard routing table. It just seems like a very lack luster move on their part. While they can probably make money of their name with their new router tables, that's all it really feels like a boring attempt to diversify their brand it what is honestly not that exciting of product. But eh maybe I'm just hating on the article because I felt like it was straight up click bait and thus feel that I was cheated out of a possible cool new tool that never existed, I honestly don't know.

nick waddington said...

I was initially really excited when i saw the title of this article, because i thought, much like those before me, that we were about to get news of a breaking new router with the same technology of a Saw Stop table saw. unfortunately we wont be seeing this new addition to the Saw Stop line, merely a new pricy router table which doesn't seem to boast anything groundbreaking or game-changing. i was happy to see some new high end additions for the table saw. I think it would be interesting to see Saw Stop venture into other tool fields, with the same quality that they brought to the table saw, which having used here, i can confidently say is the nicest table saw i have ever worked with. Im sure we haven't seen the last of Saw Stop, i think it is just a question of whether they will be able to apply their innovative technology and quality to new fields of tools.

John Yoerger said...

I think Saw Stop has been a total game changer in the industry in terms of the standards of safety we are employing. It is, frankly, only logical that they would continue to expand their brand. And I wouldn't be surprised to hear that they had a monopoly on power tools in the future if they stay smart and keep pushing forward with all of their proprietary safety equipment. I will say, to use the word AGAIN, that I find this article to be a little "clickbait" like because it doesn't really have any actual information about new arriving products or even real speculation about upcoming products from Saw Stop but rather over generalisation that basically predicts nothing will happen ("looks like they will continue to dominate all things table saw related and continue to make very solid high-quality products.") A router table would be cool, but why not a chop saw, a radial arm saw, etc.? It can take some engineering, sure, but the basis of the technology is already there. I don't know why this article wouldn't say hey they might do this at least.

William N. Lowe said...

This article is very confusing. Are all of these just ideas that this person put together as to what SawStop should make? Because there are some very good ideas here, but it is not clear as to where these renderings came from and what the ideas are and all of that. I wish that they were a little more clear about that. That being said, I would like to add my own addition to things that make sense as next steps for SawStop. Not really a saw, but a shop tool that could use their technology would be belt sanders. They are honestly nastier in many opinions than saws are. I also think that the table saw extensions mentioned in this article would also be great additions to the SawStop line. Router tables are a good idea I think, but as I mentioned before I don’t understand if this is a new idea for them or not.

Emma Reichard said...

The title of this article was rather misleading. I had assumed that I would be reading about SawStops breakthrough new technology for a flesh detecting router. But instead, this article proceeded to list all of the things SawStop was NOT likely to work on in the future. I was aware of SawStop brand table saws and their safety features, especially since we have one in the shop here. But I was surprised to learn that outside of the safety feature, SawStop makes high quality table saws. I mean, I suppose it would make sense, because if a product is safe but not useful, then people won’t buy it. I was really hoping to read about how Saw Stop will be expanding it’s technology to other tools, like chop saws, routers, etc. I feel like every shop could benefit from a line of ‘flesh detecting and retracting’ tools. It also seems like the company gave no explanation for why they are sticking to table saws only. I hope they expand their product in the future.

Megan Jones said...

SawStop's table saw is something that has always fascinated me from the first time that I learned about it. It's so cool to think that something that will rip through wood in a second will suddenly stop the moment that it encounters flesh. I distinctly remember DR showing us the video of the SawStop refusing to cut through I hot dog in carpentry stagecraft and how impressive I thought it was. Personally I have seen the SawStop get activated in the shop during a crew call, and it made sure that the person cutting simply received a small cut on their hand as opposed to something much more gruesome. I think that it would be a great idea for SawStop to expand their product range to include routers even though this article indicated that they have no intention of doing so. Implementing this technology into other tools would make the scene shop a much safer place on the whole.

Lauren Miller said...

This is kind of a nice idea for a tool. While table saws are one of the most common tools to happen upon in a shop, there are far too many others that we use on a daily basis that could be improved by Saw Stop’s “flesh detecting” technology. Personally, I know that a router table in one of the tools that, when I use it, all I can think about is how I will rip my hand off. Yet I also know that it is the best tool for whatever I happen to be doing with it so I use it anyways. Having this technology will serve to put my mind at ease whenever I happen to be making molding in the future. It would be nice to see this technology proliferate further in the future as well. Large tools such as panel saws are not inconceivable tools to see a future Saw Stop adaptation. However, I would love it if this company took on the challenge of creating flesh-detecting portable tools. Wouldn’t it be great to not panic every time the bad router fails to turn off when you press the button? Or rest assured that the band saw will not take your finger today? Saw Stop just serves as an extra layer of mental security in the shop.

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