6 stiches is a cheap lesson learned
Yes it is. I realize it could have been much worse. Only got flesh.
Thanks for the reminder. I had a similar situation a few years back and invested in a Sawstop saw. The blade stops immediately and retracts below the table on contact with skin. Of course, you'll have to replace a blade and the brake cartridge, but that's cheap compared to my fingers. Anyone considering a table saw or replacing theirs should look at them. No, I don't work for them - just a happy customer.
Just bought my saw. Looked at sawstop. Made a choice. Options for dollar. Each of us do that. Would still make same choice for same reasons. No doubt that your saw would have prevented the injury. I'm a firm believer in the power of people like me to learn. Only time will tell. I'm in no way taking anything away from Sawstop.