- (1) 8A. Pro tool reviews wrote, “On top of all this, in terms of table saw safety, kickbacks are certainly more dangerous, and cause far more injuries each year, than cutting off fingers. Currently new advances are already being implemented through UL approval guidelines (new for 2010) to incorporate these safeguards.”
8B. Kickbacks cause more injuries over cutting fingers
8C. Evaluation claim
8D. The claim can be factual, but has no source to prove it. The writer says kickbacks cause more injury than someone accidentally cutting their finger off.
8E. I disagree with it, because they didn’t add a source to prove it. I myself have never heard of someone getting injured by a kickback, but I sure have heard a lot more people cutting their finger off from a saw.
- (2) 4A. Roy Berendsohn said “Basically, the Bosch tool uses a sensing circuit that’s similar to the one SawStop patented years ago, but not identical. Where SawStop’s technology jammed the saw by running a piece of aluminum into it, wrecking the blade, Bosch’s cartridge system can save the saw blade. Whether Bosch’s design is too similar is a matter for the courts.”
4B. Both the Bosch tool and the SawStop use different technology to stop the blade and they are not the same. Berendsohn is basically saying there was no reason for the two to go to court because they are nothing alike.
4C. Opinion Claim
4D. The claim that they shouldn’t go to court is a opinion claim.
4E. I believe the two should go to court because the designs are fairly similar, and SawStop was presented to Bosch but they denied him.
- (3) 8A. Written by Myron Levin in Mother Jones, “according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (PDF), resulting in more than 33,000 emergency room visits and 4,000 amputations. At an average cost of $35,000 each, these accidents lead to more than $2.3 billion in societal costs annually including medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.”
8B. “At an average cost of $35,000 each, these accidents lead to more than $2.3 billion in societal costs annually including medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering”
8C. Factual Claim
8D. The claim states how much money is spent with people that get injured with saws.
8E. I agree with this claim because there is evidence backing it up.
- (4) 1A. SawStop Website says, “Our saws, besides being the highest quality and best featured saws in their market segments, feature the ability to detect contact with skin and stop the blade in less than 5 milliseconds.”
1B. “besides being the highest quality and best featured saws in their market segments”
1C. Opinion Claim
1D. This claim states that SawStop is the best quality and the best brand of saws in the market.
1E. I disagree with this claim because I think Bosch has a better quality saw. I think the fact that Bosch’s saw is reusable after it stops makes it better.
- (5) 6A. An injury Lawyer claims, “The SawStop and other table saw safety devices are actually very simple. They run an electrical current through the saw blade that is attached to a current monitor. When the blade is cutting wood (a poor conductor of electricity) the electrical current in the blade remains constant. If the blade touches flesh (a relatively good conductor of electricity) the current in the blade drops.”
6B. “The SawStop and other table saw safety devices are actually very simple.”
6C. Opinion Claim
6D. The lawyer claims that, the saws are very simple.
6E. I don’t think they are simple, I actually think they are very confusing. I still don’t understand how the blade even stops that fast.
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Thank you for your work on this assignment, Yoshi. We should have a brief conversation in class about the appropriate refutations for claims of fact. They cannot be effectively refuted by the argument that “no evidence was provided to support the claim.” We’ll spend more time on this aspect of argument in the lead-up to your Rebuttal Essays but for now let it be said that the refutation for lack of evidence is a little bit of evidence to the contrary. I don’t expect you to provide your own evidence here in a homework exercise, but if you needed to refute an unsubstantiated claim in your research project, any small amount of evidence to support your own position, like a pair of deuces against five unmatched cards, would take the hand.