I've got an older Grizzly 1022 10" table saw. It still has the blade guard
that came with it but I have to sheepishly admit I never use it. Why? It is
a PITA. I want to modify it or replace it with something that will be both
safe and easy eonough to use that I won't put it in the corner to collect
I want it to have a clear hood with a dust port so I can breath better.
Lastly I'm also a cheapwad so I don't want to put money into a Bissemeyer or
Anyone have any plans, ideas or cheap mods so I can accomplish this.
My exact feelings. I don't want anything between me and that blade, I want a
clear view at all times and no obstructions. I've been doing that for 30 +
years and can still count to ten, twenty with my shoes off. RM~
: clear view at all times and no obstructions. I've been doing
that for 30 +
: years and can still count to ten, twenty with my shoes off. RM~
oUCH! Sorry to hear that; how long's it been since you could
count to the full 21? ;-0.
You know, I've seen similar statements before and it has to be one of the
stupidest and most ignorant comments going. Just because a few individuals
were lucky enough to be blessed with the genes for long life despite smoking
like a chimney, doesn't for one second mean that many others will experience
the same luck. In fact, the reverse is true.
You want use that kind of reasoning and take similar risks with your health
and most likely die a difficult death, by all means, please do so. But don't
for one second think that glorifying your friend's 100 year old grandmother
in conjunction with smoking is anything to be desired. It only makes you
look like a fool.
I have a Brett guard on mine. I first attempted to make my own overhead
blade guard using some plans by DAGS but over time, it just fell apart.
Spend the money. After all, how much is a finger worth? In my line of
business, it's worth more than the $500 for a Brett guard. Hmm, after your
deductible at the hospital, how much would it really cost you?
Fortunately for me I still have all ten too. Through care and safe practice.
(well as safe as you can be without using the guard.) However to be honest,
my son is at that age where I want to teach him the tools and the proper way
to use them. I really don't want to use the old adage of do as I say not as
Oh and BTW my insurance is paid for by the taxpayers. I've been a Guinea Pig
for Navy medicine for over 20 years now. :) not that I can afford to lose a
So anyone got any plans?
The price was holding me back, but now that Penn State's got this little
thing, I'm having second and third thoughts. When it was five hundred
bucks, I knew I could build one for a lot less, that did as good a job.
When it's two hundred, maybe a storebought one is the way to go.
The guard that came with my Grizz 1022 was worse than nothing, and I've
been lucky. Except for that one little time I brushed up against a shut
down but still spinning blade, on a day when I should have taken a nap
instead. No lost digits. Just an afternoon in the emergency room. But it
convinced me to build a guard because I knew I could build one for less
than 500. Now I'm wondering if I could build one for under two hundred,
that's as good as this Penn State unit.
Dudes. Winter's comin and my primary project now is getting some temporary
heat into this unattached garashop, and commencing to winterize these 90
year old walls. The table saw isn't going to see much action till spring.
I'd really like to get that guard before the price goes up but the budget
for the next few months is pretty tight.
How about the two of you chip in, and test her out for the rest of us?
My Jet's guard was also a HOS. I finally broke down and gone a
Uniguard, as a dust port was low on my list of gottas. After 4 weeks
with it, I'm happy. The split guard is nice for close cuts. It gets
out of the way easily when I'm using a crosscut sled, then swings back
up for the rip without any hassle. Solid piece of work.
I'd already sprung for a Biess splitter, so didn't need to fiddle with
the Delta one that comes with the guard - anyone need a the Delta
I'm sort of with Toller and others here. I removed the
guard after I had some kickbacks about 20 years ago
from my first TS purchase. I just do not like not
seeing the wood passing through the blade clearly.
I have had a couple minor kickbacks over the years-
even one since I bought my Griz 1023SL about a year
ago. Nothing serious - mostly because I saw what
was happening (I think.)
Still, I am too dumb to use a guard. I would
always recommend a guard to anyone else not as
smart as me tho (mostly anyone reading this
It must be a left/right/no brain thing. You will
find a 33/33/34 breakdown here on the wreck.
I continue to use my factory blade guard and like so many others, am looking
at doing something
different too. I don't have the space (or the time at the moment) to
really contemplate what I'll do
but I do seem to remember doing a search regarding the PSI Guards. It's
been a while but IIRC,
I saw a number of negative reviews out there. Seems the unit was flimsy
and wouldn't hold settings.
It's been awhile since I looked and Lord knows my memory ain't what it used
to be so you probably
ought to check it out! I was actually looking at building my own using
something like this:
overhead guard for my saw...and to be very honest I am not know as a
cheapskate but I am know for being a "little" tight with my money...
Looking back it has to rank up there as one of my best purchases..
right up their with the engagement ring I pleaded with my wife to
accept . .HONEST...Both were money well spent...
It moves completely out of the way in a second ...the dust collection
in the guard is honestly not worth much and it has no splitter (more
important then the guard in my opinion)..
I can understand not wanting to spend the money..but I cut my finer
almost a month ago (not in the shop) and it has put me almost out of
commission ,,, frankly I would drop a grand ($$$$) to recover the
lost Shop time...TV and surfing the web is for the birds...
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