Just like your high-school wood shop teacher taught you: the table saw must be respected, because a moment of inattention can lead to a serious injury — unless you’re cutting with a SawStop. The SawStop employs sophisticated electronics to detect the difference between wood, flesh, and, apparently, hot dogs — and it turns what could be a serious injury into a nick or a cut.
When the SawStop detects an errant finger, it engages a mechanical brake that stops the blade in about 1/200th of a second while simultaneously dropping it below the table. The SawStop also features a riving knife, to prevent kickback, and a large, paddle shut-off switch with an integrated lock-out. You can order this serious machine with a 3, 5, or 7.5 HP motor.
The base price of $2,800 includes a powder-coated cabinet and cast iron table — if you choose options like an upgraded fence and a table extension, the price moves closer to $4,000.