I’m shooting from the hip here, and I may not be entirely accurate and I’m also echoing the statements of other repondants here but…
The inventor of sawstop created a wonderful safety device that could potentially save millions of digits.
Problem is, after realizing just how great his creation is, he chose to follow the profit rather than his morals and got greedy. instead of licensing his patent, he tried to get the gooberment to mandate HIS tech on all new saws, which would have driven the cost of all new tablesaws to new heights. If I recall correctly he was also pushing for requirements to have all older saws retrofitted as well. (I’m not sure how this part could even be enforced).
Fortunately, depending on one’s point of view, his aspirations were cut short. (sorry Phil)
WHen Bosch came out with it’s Reaxx saws, which are still on the market, just not in the U.S.Sawstops attorneys swung into action again to protect the profits of its creator and basically shut down the competition. The sawstop is and amazing saw that I would really like to have in my shop, with apparently great quality,fit and finish, but I probably wont be acquiring one anytime soon because of the cost, albeit which is far cheaper than what Phils finger repair is likely to be, but more so because I am repulsed by the actions of the Sawstop creator and his legal counsel.