They're wrong. It is both a radio -and- alarm saw.
Ask not what the world needs. Ask what makes you come
alive... then go do it. Because what the world needs
is people who have come alive. -- Howard Thurman
That is a violation of my "table saw rules" number 5.
It goes something like "The measurement of the wood touching the fence must
be 1.5 times the distance the fence is from the blade, unless the
measurement of the wood against the fence is more than 4 times the length of
the saw blade that is above the table."
In the case of a 16 by 16, they would be required to run it with a miter
gauge, or sled, or a different saw.
If you are serious and you really do have a set of rules, post them,
please. I'm curious.
I have a set of rules...unfortunately, I can't post them as most of
them are dirty. The rest are just obscene. ;)
In my 18 years or so of teaching, I have only had one student have a serious
accident. One too many, though. (knocking on wood, here)
He was using a table saw to ease the corners of a piece he was going to turn
on a lathe. He was one of my best students, so I was not watching him like
a hawk. He made a couple very bad decisions that I though that he should
know better, the wood kicked back, and he jumped and placed his hands on the
table to catch himself. Problem is, he chose the one place on the table
that had a two finger remover blade spinning. They put most of one finger
back on, but he lost about half of one finger.
Now, the guard is on, if it is possible to use while making a cut. If it is
not, an alternate guarding system is set up, or they don't use the saw.
I was about like most people when it comes to TS guards, in that they take
them off. When I started teaching high school students, liability concerns
dictated that I had to use the guard.
After a while, I came to realize that the guard was really not a problem,
for most operations. When there are cuts that need to be made and a guard
can not work, I come up with another shop built guard to protect hands and
On Sun, 23 Jan 2011 07:46:02 -0800 (PST), Jay Pique
The wood whisperer guy, Marc Spagnolo, said something similar during
the podcast "safety week" a year or two ago.
IMO, if all blade guards were well designed and convenient to put on
and take off, I'd say you are all wet. But the blade guard on my saw
is so flimsy it sometimes scares me.
But I think the proper solution is to have a better guard, not to just
For myself, I'm thinking Shark Guard or a homebrew guard that hangs
This is a long 2 cents worth, so feel free to ignore it and do not even
read it, It really isn't very important.
I found this subject interesting, maybe because I took the guard off of
a saw when I was in high school and because the guard was off, I ran my
hand into the saw blade while it was at full spinning speed.
This was not some small table saw, not indeed, our school had taken over
a commercial chair factory and all the machines was massive industrial
types. The table saw had a 12 in blade,(in the 1940's) the thickness
planer would take a four foot wide piece through it.
So what did happen to me? It seems that in my ignorance, I had put on a
new saw blade "" Backwards "" and so today, 50 years + later, I still
have my thumb with a scar on it. Lucky me, for if the blade had been on
there correctly, I would have lost my thumb and part of my hand.
So that taught me to never again remove the safety shield. If the piece
cannot be cut with the guard on, then it will be cut by hand, or not cut
at all. The same with our huge thickness planer as I spoke of above. We
kids, all would feed in a piece and then squat down to watch it go
through. But the safety fingers to prevent kickback would not work. So
one day another boy put a piece through it and for some reason stepped
aside just as the piece was thrown out, and all the way through a wall
ten feet behind it. If that boy had been even standing behind it, it
would have killed him. We learned to appreciate and respect the killing,
and maiming power of the tools that we used.
Yes, so many years later, I had a son who was working at a factory where
part of his job was to cut plastic moldings to size on a table saw, well
today he has a very short finger because the unthinkable happened.
For may years now I have had a RAS and there is not way that a blade
guard can be put on it. You can bet that every time that I use it, that
my thumb hurts, and I make sure that my hands never comes even close to
that spinning blade. If the piece cannot be held in a safe way far from
the spinning blade, it will not be cut by that machine. And when
ripping, or using my own thickness planer, that I never ever stand where
I can be hit if it kicks back. Experience has taught me well. I had an
uncle who lost a thumb because he took the safety off of the machine he
ran. And later he lost four fingers on the same hand when he tried
moving an industrial fan without first turning it off. I worked in a
factory where a man lost both arms because he disregarded the safeties.
Thought he could work faster without them.
So those of you who take your blade safety covers off, go right ahead,
for you just know that nothing will ever happen to you. You are supermen
who can not ever be hurt because you are just too smart, and too
careful. But when you visit the hospital, remember to bring the cut off
fingers with you for they just might be able to sew them back on again.
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