Kenny Koehler, Steve Maxwell | December 01, 2016

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Hand vs. Tablesaw: The Sausage Edition


4 Videos of extreme tool tests and 1 of a more mainstream test. Kenny Kohler, of ProToolReviews, puts his hand in harm's way — #LookMaNoHotDog!


UPDATED: 11/21/16 to add a video by Steve Maxwell who uses a sausage instead of Kenny's hand.


Four videos by professional tool testers who are testing Bosch's new finger-saving Reaxx Tablesaw, and then comparing it to that of the old stand by, SawStop

Please, don't try this at home (or on the job), and as always with these sorts of activities, this is only an exhibition—no wagering, please.


—When they're not running their hands through tablesaws, publishes great tool reviews (as you may have guessed by their name) and tool tips. 



Um, why doesn't  the blade instantly stop turning?

I agree here, if the wood was not there to stop the flesh from being cut deeper, the blade would have kept cutting deeper

It probably would have cut deeper, but likely not an amputation. By our estimation, you'd get a decent laceration, but you'd still have a finger. Increased speed and force makes any cut worse—even on a system like this. They are fast, though. That blade ducks out in no-time.

The SawStop brake system stops the blade, but the Bosch Reaxx just drives it below the table. If it's still spinning, it's the Bosch.

Perhaps a better use of the time and money spent trying to create foolproof tools would be to teach people how not to be foolish.

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Old carpenters have been teaching young carpenters about safety for thousands of years, and by and large, it helps protect young carpenters from loss of life and limb.  

But even safety-conscious carpenters make mistakes, or have lapses in judgement, and that's when accidents happen. 

Tools that can save your finger or hand are, IMHO, a good thing. If I were in the market for a new tablesaw, I would most likely choose one of the finger-saving saws—especially if employees of mine would be operating the saws. 

I do not think this test was dumb, careless, or ill-conceived. The testers talked at length with engineer's from both tool companies, as well as other experts about how to set up the test.

I think there's is editorial value in replacing the hot dog with a hand to show exactly how safe these saws are—much safer than the Unisaw I have in my shop, but not  scratch-free.


are you kidding me ? the only reason why you didn't get cut deeper is cause you had a blade up a tad . if it was up higher it would of sliced u in half . not impressive at all . 

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The point of the test and the point of the saws are not to prove that it is safe to stick your hand in a tablesaw.

  • The point of the saws is to save someone's hand.
  • The point of the test is to illustrate that, even though your hand probably won't get cut off, it may get damaged significantly.

In general is is unwise to put your hand in a running tablesaw.

Hey guys, you've made some absolutely correct observations! We used wood so we'd know exactly what the worst damage would be (and save having to explain to my wife and mother why I lost a finger or three). We unpacked the results in a separate video where we just talk through the tests and come to the same conclusion - neither saw is likely to prevent a cut deep enough to at least need stitches on any kind of fast strike. Interestingly enough, we could see how many time the blade hit my finger in two of the tests which gave us something to work with. 

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Editor's note:

All four videos are included in the playlist at the top of the page, though YouTube doesn't really make it obvious that there are four videos on the page.


Thanks for checking in, and please don't tell me that you're going to test safety goggles by having Clint shoot BBs at you while you wear various brands of glasses. The William Tell Test.


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