Safer Saws Part 1- Kirsten Smith

“To our knowledge no manufacturer is anxious to pay SawStop an 8% license fee for this technology anytime soon, especially when the manufacturing for the technology alone will increase the average price of a table saw by anywhere from $150-$200 by the time it hits the shelves.”-From Bosch Tools Dragged Into SawStop-centric Lawsuit

The argument is that most manufacturers aren’t interested in licensing safer saws if they won’t make them any more money than a normal saw because they will probably sell less.

This claim is an evaluation claim because it shows that the monetary risk taken in spending the extra money to manufacture a safer saw won’t be cost effective because in the end they will probably sell less saws. Basically it states that it would be a major risk to assume that people will spend the extra money on this kind of saw since it will cost $150-$200 more than the average saw.

This claim, if accurate is very persuasive. No one wants to spend more money than they have to so it is very believable that manufacturers are more concerned with making money than making a safer saw. Being cost effective is any business’s job, not necessarily making the things that they are making safer.

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2 Responses to Safer Saws Part 1- Kirsten Smith

  1. davidbdale says:

    Thanks for going early, Kirsten. You’ve done nice work here (so did Brent before you), but I hope you’ll submit to criticism anyway, partly for your own benefit but also to benefit your classmates who may be reading this feedback before starting their own posts. (I would of course recommend you revise your own in response, and improve your first-draft grade.)

    P1. You’ve chosen a great quote, full of claims.

    P2. You may be interpreting Bosch just right, but your conclusion goes far beyond their stated claims. There may be a very strong profit margin in selling saws with SawStop technology. Maybe the sawmakers aren’t so much worried about making more money per saw as they are about selling fewer saws. See the difference? Which one seems more reasonable?

    P3. There’s evaluation going on here certainly, but at its heart, this is first a causal claim, don’t you think? Adopting SawStop technology will cause table saw prices to increase by $150-200 for manufacturing alone. That means that in addition to the increased price, sawmakers will have to absorb the additional cost of an 8% license fee, if I read the quote correctly.

    The authors of the claim say nothing about cost-effectiveness. They only say nobody’s eager to produce a more expensive saw. You’re right to assume that they’re worried the higher cost will curb sales, but they don’t say so. (Is there grammar confusion in “kind of technology that it would just to manufacture it? I can’t figure it out.)

    P4. The claim is undeniably accurate, I’d say. But it doesn’t depend on “nobody wants to spend more money than they have to.” More likely, it depends on, “We don’t think buyers looking for a cheap saw will choose our safer, more expensive model when compared to a cheaper model without the safety enhancement.” That’s not the same claim.

    I’m completely willing to agree with you that sawmakers favor profit over safety (if they can’t have both), Kirsten, but your conclusions extend WAY beyond the material you’ve presented for analysis.

    A good essay would make use of this material to prove the thesis you’re advancing here, but this is not an essay assignment. Impress me instead by analyzing exactly what is said very closely, and carefully, and drawing only the conclusions that the material provides without extrapolating. You’re clearly capable of analytical reading, as demonstrated here, Kirsten. Now wield that tool more carefully.

  2. davidbdale says:

    Wish you had revised this one.

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