Every woodworker understands the risks of their career or hobby. Table saws are one of the most dangerous tools in any work shop and the most recent statistics show that as many as 10 amputations occur during their use every day in the United States. With these devastating statistics in mind, Micro Jig has designed their hand-saving tool, which is now protecting the hands and fingers of busy woodworkers. Additionally, the company is launching a campaign to help more woodworkers become aware of the safety options available to them. —
The GRR-RIPPER is a safety tool designed and manufactured by MICROJIG that protect fingers and hands while cutting materials. This patented push block can be used on table saws as well as other large cutting tools like band saws, routers and joiners. With the use of this product, it is possible to prevent boards from shifting or kicking back and vulnerable fingers are kept safely away from all blades.
According to Founder Henry Wang, the company wants to increase awareness of the product because of the benefits it offers, but also because of the many injuries which are still occurring with the use of push sticks or other homemade workarounds. Wang explains, "For years OSHA and the tool industry have been procrastinating to offer more effective safety requirements on US tables saws. Since millions of people around the world are still going to use manually-operated table saws, we want to make sure that they protect themselves with our products that cover areas where OSHA does not. In fact, our push block device exceeds the OSHA safety standard."
The GRR-RIPPER push block is one of the best-known table saw accessories in the country. It has received numerous awards and kudos from woodworking publications and is consistently praised by its many satisfied users. "When I designed the GRR-RIPPER, I was simply trying to improve on the ubiquitous but inefficient, dangerous and wasteful push stick." Explained Wang. "but once I perfected the design I could see we had a product that was going to change the industry and prevent injuries while saving waste."
Wang also shared some of the feedback they have received from their customers. These woodworkers expressed how this easy to use device is not just perfect for reducing the danger to their hands, but also the chance of painful kickbacks, which often injure faces and bodies. A surprising benefit that has nothing to do with table saw safety is how much less wood waste and saw burn marks the average woodworker experiences using the device. With so much to like about the device and so many people willing to share their love of the GRR-RIPPER, the company is confident that it can continue to expand its reach and make both home and industrial cutting operations safer for all.
About MICROJIG, Inc.
MICROJIG started in Orlando, Florida in 1998 when woodworking enthusiast Henry Wang became frustrated with the time and materials he was wasting trying to keep himself safe in his workshop. He set out to create a permanent solution using his own experience and knowledge. The result was the GRR-Ripper 3D Pushblock System, which was introduced to the world in 2001. Today the device is helping to save the tempers and fingers of craftspeople all around the world. The company continues to expand their lines of safety products, all of which are designed and built solely in the United States. Their products are available online and in popular home improvement and woodworking outlets.
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