Steve Gass is a spectacular innovator that created what many would have thought to revolutionize the saw industry. Gass created a saw that was able to keep its’ users limbs safe by automatically stopping movement within hundredths of a second. This new technology seemed to be a spectacular idea but no large companies are willing to make the leap into mass producing them because of the large cost. Other than the obvious high price of such a great inventive saw, the price to replace the blade every time it is cut off because of human contact would also drive consumers away. These large companies don’t see the money in them because of these prices as well as the fact that their consumers can keep themselves just as safe if they are careful about how they do their table saw work.
“Between the 8% fee and the additional hardware costs, your typical $400 job site saw would potentially rise in cost to around $625. Your entry level table saws would all but disappear. I’m not sure how well that will be received by consumers who can keep themselves safe and don’t need the Consumer Protection Safety Commission to do them any favors.” This quote was said by a reporter of “Pro Tool Reviews” who seemed to be on the side of the more cost effective, but less safe (typical) saws. This reporter believes that most consumers would rather be careful and take their time to use their table saw safely, than to pay a hefty amount of money just to have a saw that is more safe. He makes his point by also saying that the saw industry is trying to do the consumers a “favor” that is unnecessary and extremely costly. Implementing these saws in the wood-shop consumer industry could either be a huge bust or a big success. Only time will tell, but time seems to be against this innovation seeing that it has been in limbo for about twelve years.