Developed by veteran woodworker David Butler, the patented Whirlwind Tool BLACK BOX table saw emergency blade brake is a simple bolt-on/removable device which can be easily and inexpensively incorporated into use with millions of existing saws and machine tools. The prototypes showcased on this site differ from all previous table saw blade guards and emergency blade brakes, with a built-in "electronic fence" blade enclosure.
Metal Cutting and Fabrication
The BLACK BOX has been used for metal cutting and fabrication. With a simple modification to our woodworking guards we are able to cut metal on a band saw and two types of our table saws.
In addition to the revolutionary, new BLACK BOX system showcased here, Whirlwind health and safety technologies have been successfully implemented using the Makita bench top, Delta, Powermatic and Rigid saws.
Many types of machine tools pose consequential danger to operators that are either unaware of safe practices, not sufficiently experienced in the machine’s use, or who have developed generally unsafe operating practices. The table saw is a prime example of such machines, as reflected by their grim safety record over the past century. Safety features such as blade guards in place can now be monitored continuously along with details of each operating cycle together with time stamp.
The Hotdog Test
Thousands have watched our 'Hot Dog' test showing the successful stop of a dangerous table saw equipped with Whirlwind Tool's patented 'flesh-sensing' machine tool safety technology. Not a mark on the weiner and the power tool was returned to service immediately after with no damage.