Tool Test: SawStop’s Portable Tablesaw
We test the new finger-saving tablesaw from SawStop.
Every year, 67,000 carpenters and woodworkers are injured using tablesaws. In 2002, SawStop developed a tablesaw with a flesh-contact electronics and a blade brake that stops the blade when it makes contact with flesh. In March 2015, the company released its long-promised portable tablesaws for the home-building and remodeling industry. In this article, longtime carpenter and former Fine Homebuilding editor Kevin Ireton takes a critical look at the new saw, examining its conventional aspects such as cutting capacity and performance in thick hardwoods, and also its safety features.