Except when it's not the right thing to do
The simple fact is that it's up to the operator whether he uses a guard
or not - his choice, his risk, and his responsibility.
Unfortunately, some people make the choice, take the risk, then try to
make someone else responsible - hence any media (whether Norm with his
"safety guards are removed for photographic purposes only" (even whilst
cutting dadoes) and "there is no more important safety rule than to wear
these: safety glasses" (when they plainly aren't, since they have no
side guards), or the OP's book which insists on using guards "whenever
possible") will always cover itself to remove the risk of being held
Hack to size. Hammer to fit. Weld to join. Grind to shape. Paint to cover.
The first time that you put your finger or hand into the spinning blade,
it will make a lifelong believer of you to use that blade guard.
I was a young and stupid teenager when I did it, and the only thing that
saved me, and only left me with a scar, was that I had just as stupidly
put the blade on backward.
Remember this, it is not a question of IF, it is a question of WHEN!!!
Give it time. You'll learn why that is not necessarily the right place.
There is a time and place where we all of think we are 10 feet tall ,teflon
coated and bullet proof. Good luck with that one.
Well My Friend, There are some who can, and will, learn by what others
have experienced, but there are always some who insist on learning the
hard way, insisting that they just have to do it their way.
Every one of us who got cut up on a saw, or banged up on a motorcycle
was sure that it would not happen to us, we were just too good and
Have fun in the Emergency Room of the hospital, and when you come out,
please write and tell us about your blade guard and if it is still on
your shelf gathering dust.
I myself have no problem with you leaving your blade guard off, It's not
my fingers that will be gone, it will be like my son who lost his finger
just that way. Thought he could work faster without the blade guard, but
now is slower just because he is trying to make the other fingers (which
were damaged) still work. Well you have had enough warnings, now go
ahead and have your accident. It's your privilage to do so.
Hardly a fair comparison because there's a lot not in your control
(e.g. other drivers) when you're on a bike.
I have the utmost respect for the tablesaw anytime I have it running.
Take a lot of care to keep fingers and such away from spinning blade
and never rush. It's an imposing tool so it's hard to forget the
Use push sticks and such.
Sure, there's always a chance an accident could happen, but it's more
likely to be something other than "accidentally" sticking my hand in
My couple cents...
You are making the erroneous assumption that an accident is inevitable. Well,
yes it is, if you think those monkeys are going to reproduce Shakespeare in
your lifetime :-).
I've ridden motorcycles since I was 14 (I'm 69 now) and apart from a few cases
of road rash, had no problems. I've driven at least a half million miles and
been involved in 3 non-injury accidents, none of them my fault. And I've
been pushing wood through a tablesaw for at least 30 years and still have all
my fingers. In fact, I can only remember one kickback in those 30 years.
Yes, I know you're going to say I'm just lucky. I happen to believe you make
your own luck. If being careful and knowing the odds is luck, then yes I'm
Luck is when somebody shoots at you and misses :-). And yes, I've had that
happen as well.
On Mon, 23 Oct 2006 10:10:28 GMT, email@example.com (Doug Miller) wrote:
I took mine off 25 years ago and left it off util a year and a half ago. Then I
caught my the first finger of my left
(non-dominant) hand in the blade. It was 95% off, just hanging by the skin and
one small artery. After two hours
in the operating room and six months of physiotherapy, it is now slightly
functional. It goes up and down but
it doesn't bend as the blade went through the PIP joint. My physiotherapist
learned the word 'kerf'.
The blade guard has stayed on (except for dados) every since.
The pain in the finger is minor but ever-present. Cold weather bothers it a lot
as the circulation is buggered up.
Getting older is going to be a bitch as it will become seriously arthritic.
If you insist on keeping the blade guard off, move to a country with socialised
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