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Flesh-Detecting Table Saw Protects Irreplaceable Tools

What do you suppose is the cost of losing a finger thanks to a jobsite-related accident? The long-term costs are hard to quantify, but the short-term absolute costs can be easily estimated. 

An ambulance ride can quickly top $2,000. Surgery typically runs anywhere from $20,000 to $60,000. Add in about $16,000 for worker’s compensation (rates vary by finger, by state, etc.), and before you know it, the tab could approach $80,000.

Yes, your years of experience have taught you how to minimize risk while working with conventional table saws such as the Bosch 4100-09. But even while exercising extreme caution, accidents can happen to the best contractors and trade professionals. That’s why Bosch developed the REAXX flesh-detecting jobsite table saw. Sure, the $1,000 premium when compared with a conventional premium table saw might initially be a bit hard for a small-to-midsize contractor to stomach, but it pales in comparison to the potential $80,000 price tag of an on-the-job table saw injury.

So how can the REAXX potentially save you $80,000? The saw makes use of Bosch Active Response Technology—a system that uses an ultra-sensitive sensor and microprocessor connected to the saw’s blade/drivetrain to vigilantly monitor the blade’s electrical properties. As long as the blade only contacts construction materials, it’s business as usual. 

But when the saw detects a change in the spinning blade’s electrical properties, which it believes to be caused by human contact, the tool’s Active Response Technology intervenes. Within a matter of milliseconds, the spinning blade is pushed below the tabletop, turning a situation that could have ended with a severed digit into what would likely amount to a significantly less severe nick on a finger.

Flesh-detection technology isn’t brand new, but the Bosch approach to its implementation is new. Other flesh-detecting saws stop their spinning blades by moving a brake into the spinning blade (which can mangle or destroy the blade), but the REAXX saw triggers a chemical reaction in one of the saw’s dual-activation cartridge cylinders, pushing the rapidly spinning blade below the table saw’s surface without actually damaging it. This chemically charged cartridge makes use of technology long-trusted for use in automotive supplemental restraint devices. 

Once triggered, and after the adrenaline of self-preservation subsides, the blade and drivetrain can be quickly retrieved and reset so you can get right back to work. A reset of the saw can be completed in less than 60 seconds in the workshop or out on the job. You don’t even need to buy any replacement parts after the first actuation because the cartridge is dual activation—simply flip it and reinstall. 

Whether you’re a contractor looking to avoid the financial pitfall of an on-the-job injury, a safety-conscious hardware enthusiast or a high school shop program manager looking to reintroduce lower-risk woodworking to your class, you should act fast if that “spend $1,499 to potentially save $80,000” value proposition seems like a worthwhile investment to you.  


This content is sponsored by Bosch Power Tools.

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