OK, a TS blade guard protects the user from a spinning blade. But, I ask
this because of the overarm blade guard/DC combos. Is the blade guard on
those arranged with a counter-balance so that it sits on the table and
rises up when a piece of wood starts sliding towards the blade? Or, is it
manually adjusted before starting the saw so that it will clear the wood?
If the latter and one is cutting a 3" thick piece of wood, is having the
guard 3+ inches above the table an OK thing after the wood has been pushed
through -- which I ask of the people here who believe in blade guards?
I am thinking of a very simple home-made device attached to my 8' ceiling
to approximate the store-bought systems and if the guard does not have to
auto-move as the wood approaches, then the design can be much simpler.
Tht is a REALLY good question since most people do not use theirs.
Maybe it is just another way for manf.'s to charge us. Now, a GOOD
table saw guard is worth it's weight in gold like the Brett, etc. But
the OEM is junk. Hope someone here can correct me.
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