Manufacturers:“Within a few thousandths of a second, the blade slammed to a stop.” This is a numerical claim since a few thousandths of a second of time had been included. Manufacturers assess the item’s efficacy and if it meets the aim of the sawblade stopping in time to prevent damage.
Customers: “That sounded like a good kind of saw to me” This is an evaluative claim since the speaker expresses gratitude for the invention.
Industry Spokespeople: “The saw can see the difference between a piece of wood and your finger.” This is a comparative claim since it contrasts a bit of wood to a person’s finger and shows that the saw blade can tell the difference. This assertion is made to illustrate the product’s efficacy.
Consumer Safety Advocates:“Every year there are over 40,000 table saw injuries” This is a numerical claim because the number assists safety advocates by giving facts that they may use to construct a case and promote safer work conditions.
Injured Plaintiffs: “If your device prevents even one person from going through what I have gone through it is a world class accomplishment.” This is an evaluative claim since it evaluates the saw’s attributes and makes a judgment on the blade’s efficacy. This claim assists injured plaintiffs by utilizing evaluative statements about the product and their experiences to argue for their point and, as a result, contribute to the development of a safer product to avoid more injury.
Personal Injury Lawyers:“Every year there are over 40,000 table saw injuries” This is a numerical claim because the number assists personal injury lawyers to build a case by providing facts that they may use to construct a case, and promote safer work conditions for their client.
Government Officials:“To emphasize that the injuries resulting from the use of table saws are, in many cases, particularly gruesome.” This is also an evaluative claim, as it assesses the nature of the table saw injuries.
News Reporters: “But as well as the technology works, the major tool companies have failed to put this kind of device on any of their table saws” This is an evaluative claim since it criticizes the tool manufacturers for not producing a safer product.