Ignoring the nastiness above, but responding to this post, which addresses my points exactly:
That is an invalid argument based on a presumption that if you don't have a Saw Stop brand saw, you WILL inevitably be hurt by your conventional table saw and have to pay great sums of money to repair your body. This is simply not necessarily so. It might be interesting to know how many millions of people over the years lived their entire lives without getting hurt by their conventional table saw. Sure, there is no question that some inattentive or untrained folks indeed have been hurt either by blade contact or blunt force trauma (kickback), but I think you'd find that the vast majority never experienced a medical event.
I'm all for safety, and I'm all for anyone that wishes to have a Saw Stop, or any other device that they feel might increase their own safety factor. However, alluding that there is no other way to be safe in the shop on our table saws is absolutely false. Very few of us will ever spend a huge copay due to our woodworking hobby. We will carefully think about our cut and then execute that cut with due diligence.
Also remember that a Saw Stop brand table saw will ONLY help prevent blade contact injuries. It will do nothing that any other modern table saw will not do to prevent kickbacks. The fact is that, with all the guards, splitters and other do-dads that are on the modern table saw, you shouldn't even be ABLE to get your hands in contact with the blade. Use a good push stick or jig, and half of your brain (same goes for any power operation in the shop), and you will be very unlikely to have to write a big check to the ER.
That is the essence of my argument, but I do not consider it invalid, nor do I agree that "[...] you WILL inevitably be hurt by your conventional table saw [...]"
I say this:
I do not like the long term risk and the expectation of perfection. That's why I feel that safety blade retraction in a table saw is very important. Agree or disagree, that's okay with me.
I know many woodworkers who have not been injured by table saws. I know too many woodworkers who have always been very careful and conscientious about safety, but still carry scars and worse from table saw injuries. Perhaps I know the wrong kind of woodworkers. Nonetheless, I do not like the long term odds based on my own observations. It is as simple as that.
I would not buy a SawStop solely for the safety feature if it were not a good table saw. If it did not cut well as a table saw, this entire thread would be moot. SawStop makes excellent table saws and they do well when compared with other table saws.
SawStop does not protect you from your other power tools, and many of them have potential for serious injury too. I wonder how much the SawStop patents have blocked similar innovations for other tools.
I believe that the essential differences among us are:
* How we assess table saw safety risk.
* How much we value table saw blade retraction safety technology.