Yes, of course. something smooth vs something lumpy is no contest when measuring.
To my mind, this is an unintended consequences safety improvement. Pushing against the immoveable object (clamped stock) which is an external surface (cutter or dowel) is likely to result in squashed fingers if it goes belly up. The lack of resistant with V2 is a good thing because the device will just move in response to sustained pressure, however light.
Yes, it is sane to keep one hands away from moving machinery, or static machinery that can crush you, but the issue under scrutiny is the task to be achieved. If you have a Haas VF6 it will probe for you without your intervention or any danger to you. The Shapeoko SO3 is not a Haas and does not cost anything like a Haas to undertake many of the tasks which can give you a reasonably accurate approximation of the CNC experience.
The SO3 probing cycle must be carried out from within Carbide Motion. We know that CM will not run until it is connected and initialised. My router is on a separate on/off switch so I keep it off and unplugged at this point in the process.
Jogging can be achieved with 5 different settings and the movement of the carriage carrying the spindle is entirely within the user’s control. Only one of the settings available removes user control and that is the rapid positioning. The movement, once initiated, does not stop until it reaches the assigned destination point. If you were unlucky enough to suffer with a heart attack and collapse at the start of the carriage travel, You may get a hand trapped, even so, I suspect that would be the least of your concerns.
Having established that (for now) there is no other method of probing available which is included as an integral component to the software management of the cutting process. You can always set the cutter X, Y and Z position manually. A little more dangerous because it is carried out with the cutter in situ. Just brushing a hand against a stationary cutter can cause a laceration.
Finally, some self responsibility is in order. The SO3 is not a plaything and should be treated with the respect afforded to any piece of production machinery, especially as the trim router’s raison d’être is to hold and whirl a piece of sharp metal at speeds up to 30,000rpm.
We see people in the UK who trip in the street and demand to sue the authorities for some real or imaginary hurt. I would argue that they have a responsibility to look where their feet are going.