Saws Part II-Kailee Whiting

Manufacturers: “The additional cost to manufacturers to implement this technology is estimated to be between $150-$200 per product, an amount that will be passed on to the consumer.” This is a consequential claim, making the claim that since the SawStop technology cost the manufacturer so much that the price will have to be passed on to the buyer.

Customers: “’False positives’ or ‘nuisance trips’ produce downtime and expenses.” ProTool Reviews makes a consequential claim.  Saying that SawStop’s false positives and nuisance trips cause expenses and downtime from work for the user of a SawStop saw.

Industry Spokespeople:  “SawStop is currently available in the marketplace to an customer who chooses to purchase it”- Susan Young who is whith the Power Tool Insititute which represents Bosch, Black and Decker, Ryobi, and other companies.  Susan makes a definitional claim saying that SawStop technology is available to anyone who wants to purchase it.

Consumer Safety Advocate: “We’ve got this great technology — it’s not terribly expensive to implement,” Greenberg says. “Let’s do it.” – Sally Greenberg of the National Consumers League.  Sally is making a proposal claim saying that since we have this inexpensive technology we should use it on our saws.

Injured Plantiffs: “Carlos Osorio accused One World Technologies Inc., maker of Ryobi saws, of negligence for failing to include a flesh detection technology that would prevent most serious injuries, according to a copy of the complaint filed in 2006 in US District Court in Boston.”  Carlos is using a consequential claim by saying if Ryobi included a flesh detection technology serious injuries could be prevented.

Personal injury lawyers: “The injuries are caused by unsafe saws lacking proper safety shutoff features or by accidental operator error, the risks posed by these devices are serious and even fatal.”  This claim, by Ferrer, Poirot and Wansbrough Attorneys at Law, is a causal claim saying that the unsafe saws without proper features and with human error can cause fatal injuries.

Government Officials:  “Table saws are the country’s most dangerous commonly used power tool.” according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.  This is a definitional claim that tells us that table saws are the most dangerous power tool that is commonly used in America.

News Reporters:  “The primary technology used by the majority of table saw manufacturers to prevent table saw injuries is a plastic blade guard.  This technology has remained essentially the same for over 50 years.” This is a consequential claim stating that the technology on saws is out of date and has caused numerous injuries.

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