Get ready to moan

Following a convoluted path through the WWW, comes this story from the Boston Globe, where a man has successfully sued a company for his own stupidity, and purchasing decision.

Marc “The Wood Whisperer” Spagnuolo makes some excellent observations about the case here

Man Wins $1.5M In First of its Kind Saw Case
by: Jenn Abelson

A Boston jury has awarded $1.5 million to a Malden man who injured his fingers on a saw while installing oak wood flooring several years ago in a first of its kind case that claimed the standard design of American table saws is defective.

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.

After five surgeries and years of rehabilitation, two of Osorio’s fingers are permanently disfigured and unusable, and he has suffered numbness and loss of feeling in three other fingers.

“Hopefully, this means the industry is finally going to recognize that catastrophic injuries could be averted and they need to make this technology standard so people don’t have these senseless injuries,’’ said Richard J. Sullivan, one of the lawyers representing Osorio.

One World Technologies said it had been advised of the verdict.

“We are evaluating the results with our lawyers, and evaluating how to proceed,’’ said Jason Swanson, a spokesman for One World Technologies.

“Notwithstanding the outcome of this trial and any possible appeal, we remain confident that the saw which was the subject of this lawsuit was well-designed and manufactured with all due consideration for the needs and safety of the consumer.’’

Osorio’s case is one of more than 50 lawsuits pending throughout the United States against the major table saw manufacturers for failure to adopt the technology, which would stop a power saw blade almost instantly upon contact with human flesh.

During Osorio’s trial, an expert witness for the defense acknowledged that if the saw had the flesh detection technology, it would have created a 1/8-inch deep cut on one finger, Osorio’s lawyers said. Instead, Osorio suffered near-amputation of one finger and severe lacerations on four other fingers.

Guess that is what comes from a litigious society.  However, reading the many comments on Marc’s site the vast majority are as bemused as I am, not that someone tried this on, but the courts upheld it. Sad huh.

What I don’t understand is why the courts didn’t appreciate that he cost to buy this saw instead of one he knew does have flesh-sensing technology.  He chose to buy a $100 saw instead of a $2000, and yet the manufacturer of the $100 saw is responsible? A $100 saw would not be $100 with SawStop technology included.  For one, the saw itself would physically explode if you just tried to stop the blade with a SawStop brake without upping the strength of the rest of the machine to take the very significant loads.

If it’s Pretty in Pink…

A winner in (Telecom) Gold, what is it in Ryobi Blue?

Thanks to Sparhawk for the pics- can’t believe how wrong the SuperJaws looks in blue, and particularly how irksome seeing the traditional Superjaws logo on a non Triton branded box.

Bet Ryobi, and Bunnings are laughing long and hard at Triton & GMC, finally scoring the best tool Triton ever produced (although I’m not a big fan of the Chinese manufactured version).

It is interesting reading some American user reviews and opinions of the JawHorse- some really don’t “get it”. At least one went on and on how unstable a 3 legged one would be- how much more stable a 4 leg one would be (I still think they are under the misconception that a Superjaws or Jawhorse is some form of sawhorse).

Need I say more?

At least it is only the Chinese version

Wonder if the original Aussie Triton will still make an appearance?

When I first saw this (Bunnies cattledog), I must admit feeling more disappointment over another lost icon, but then a thought did occur – this probably doesn’t affect the original Triton design, and so I live in hope that it will return to the Aussie market, still under the original brand.  After all, when I had both, I consciously chose to part company with the Chinese SuperJaws in preference for my two Aussie ones (and the one Worx Pro/US Rockwell JawHorse).

You have to ask however, how does Ryobi and Ozito manage to continue to survive, when GMC couldn’t, taking Triton down with it?

Weed Eater

I’m not much of a gardener, which is why this is a blog primarily about woodworking rather than about growing stuff, but we all have our “outdoor responsibilities”.

I actually do own 1 bit of Ryobi gear – an old weedeater.  Think they are called a whipper snipper in Oz, and are more collectively knows as line or string trimmers.

Anyway, they are a bit of a pain, even the bump feeders (where you bump the head on the ground while it is spinning quickly to feed more line out).  Loading new nylon is particularly tiresome.

Ryobi have recently been selling theirs with a new type of head called a “Pro Cut 2”  The principle is simple – a short piece of thick nylon (around 3mm) is fed through a hole in the head, where it is gripped by the mechanism, and off you go.  None of this taking the head apart etc anymore, just jamb a new bit in as necessary, and being a much heavier grade, this is also less frequent.

The head is now available separately, for all of about $30, so my weed eater is about to get “the upgrade”

Ryobi Pro Cut 2

Ryobi Pro Cut 2

Guess everything living in my back yard better watch out. (Not that there is too much there anyway!)

GMC appears to be for sale….

Article here

Potential buyers could include Bosch, Black & Decker, Ryobi, or China.

To quote Terry Pratchet “May you live in interesting times”

Where’s Stu?

Sorry – been a bit MIA.

Working on a new video, will be out in the next day or two, and the next review for the Australian Wood Review.

Plus I put a armchair out in the shed, and have found myself contemplating a lot!

Off to the Triton Club this morning, with a car-full of tools for anyone who tags along to have a play with.

Have been reading up about the Bunnings / Techtronics (Ryobi) exclusive deal.  There’s a very interesting article in one of the trade magazines about it.  Depending on which side of the fence you stand over the issue, it is either quite biased, or just a very scary reflection on the current state of play, all with ACCC approval.  Certainly if you walk into a Bunnings at the moment, there is a definite lack of choice in the tool department.

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