SawStop lawsuit against tool companies dismissed
In February, a company called SawStop filed an antitrust lawsuit against four major toolmakers, claiming they had conspired against SawStop founder Stephen Gass in blocking the standardization of his injury-prevention technology.
According to a report in Bloomberg last week, U.S. District Judge Claude Hilton in Alexandria, Virginia, officially dismissed the suit on June 27, taking Stanley Black & Decker, Hitachi Koki Co., Makita Corp. and Ryobi Technologies off the hook.
The suit was filed by SD3 LLC and SawStop LLC of Tualatin, Oregon against the companies, claiming they had impeded the licensing of Gass’s product and the adoption of SawStop technology industry-wide.
Gass has spent the past few months campaigning for his product, which uses skin-sensing technology to prevent table saw blades from injuring or amputating fingers.
He brought the device to the International Woodworkers Fair in Atlanta, FairWarning reports. There, he pushed a hot dog into a table saw blade, which stopped short just in time to prevent anything beyond a minor nick.
The company has been making its own saws since 2004 after failing to secure licensing deals with any of the major toolmakers and has chalked up 2,000 "finger saves" since (though there have been two reported amputations).
Gass claims the companies are obstructing him over fears that liability charges would skyrocket once a viable injury-prevention technology hit the market.
The companies argued that SawStop would be a burdensome expense, especially in the market for lightweight saws that usually cost about $100. They also claimed that injury statistics are exaggerated, and that adopting SawStop would make them unable to compete with the Power Tool Institute’s less expensive products. The addition of the device would add $100 to the cost of a table saw, they claimed, which is partially due to high royalty fees that would be owed to SawStop.
Window World CEO seen as Southeast leader
Tammy Whitworth, CEO of North Wilkesboro, North Carolina-based Window World, is featured in this month’s Forbes Magazine in the "Southeast Women Business Leaders" section.
With more than 200 locations, Window World is described as America’s largest replacement window and home remodeling company.
Describing Window World’s business model, Whitworth said: "Window World’s success is built on family, community and trust. Each franchise is a locally owned business, and that’s important because we want to be part of the communities where we’re located. Talk to a Window World owner. Each one has a great deal of pride in what they do, which is reflected in our customer service."
Calculated Industries rolls out Wheel Masters
Calculated Industries, maker of the jobsite-ubiquitous Construction Master calculator, is now offering a line of four measuring wheels.
Able to measure up to 9,999 ft., 11 ins., the products are described by the company as durable, reliable and accurate.
“Every building professional, from contractors and remodelers to flooring installers, landscapers and pavers, can find the Wheel Master that fits their needs,” reads a company satement.
The products come in one of two 12.5-in.-diameter “Pro” versions. Also, there are “Classic” options with a 4-in. dual wheel, or a 4-in. single wheel.
Various features include pistol grip handle for ergonomic comfort and the ability to fold for ease of transport and storage.
All the Wheel Masters come with a two-year warranty.