Shop Safety Saw

Shop Safety Saw

Shop Safety Saw

In the photo: Sandpoint High School’s wood shop teacher, Lee Jackson, demonstrates the safety features of ter new wood shop saw.

Sandpoint High’s wood shop teacher, Lee Jackson, added a revolutionary safety system to his repertoire of classroom machinery. The new SawStop safety system enables students to safely make cuts that previously had to be done by teachers because hands got so close to the revolving blades.

With the new system, fingers still come close to the blades, but if they are accidentally touched, the saw stops so quickly that nobody gets hurt. The new technology sends an electric charge through the spinning blade. When flesh touches the blade, it drains electricity and activates a stop action within three to five milliseconds. Students like the saw, not only because it’s safe, but because they get the experience of using the saw to do their own cuts. Now students work independently while their instructor’s time is free to work with other students.

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