Maybe this is a stupid question but I am new in the use of TS , having use a
RAS for years but recently got a Jet TS , I like it , works great, but the
guard that is over the saw sometimes has to be removed to use some
accesories and isn't easy to put it back and adjust it so the question is:
Do you use to remove and and take it back to its place after or leave the TS
without it always ??
Thanks in advance
Lets do the economics.
Replace the splitter and guard 0.25 hrs @ $200/hr (ok, so you pay very
well) = $25
Reattach 4 fingers @ $15,000/finger = $60,000, plus physical therapy,
plus 2 - 3 years of poor motion. No reduction for failure to attach.
There are more (probably the majority) people out there that are in the same
situation. Never use the guard. Many will tell you that at times. At other
times, they won't. It just depends on the mood of the group. It's called
me-too-ism and is rampant around here.
Its not a stupid question, Luis. The factory guard on the table saw is a
pain the butt and causes more people to remove and abandon it. My
brother-in-law, who has used tablesaws for 40 years just had a horrible
accident - Delta Unisaw, no guard. After using a saw for a long time, you
can become to comfortable with it. What did he do? Something really,
really stupid. His mind was on a trip he was getting ready to make. As he
was operating the saw, he laid his left hand on top of the blade. Is he
stupid, demented, retarded or mentally ill? No. He just wasn't paying
There are hundreds of commercial and shopbuilt safety solutions for the
tablesaw. These take the place of the factory guard and provide higher
convenience and ease of use. I've invested many hours of time and $$$ to
improve my own situation. Hopefully you'll be as lucky as me and not kill
yourself before you arrive at your own solutions. I bought a book on table
saws which helped a lot.
I am a believer in guards and splitters. Replaced the PITA guard that
came with the PM66 with an overhead Biesemeyer that also has a dust
pickup attached. Much easier to use and I am less likely to remove it.
For dadoes and sleds, the splitter comes out and the cover remains on.
For such operations as a tenon jig, both are removed. I worked in a
mill when I was in school and knew too many cowboys with eight or less
fingers. I am also a believer in hold downs, feather boards, and the
jo4hn (whose twelve talented finger dance across the keyboard)
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