42: Table Saw Kickback

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Blog entry by Brian024 posted 09-14-2012 02:42 PM 4560 reads 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Recently I had a minor incident with table saw kickback. Here I’ll go over what happened, what damage it caused, and what I could have done to prevent it. No I was not hurt, just my table saw was.

(This was filmed a couple weeks ago and I did take the blade off and inspect it further, and found a few more damaged teeth, enough to make me throw it in the trash)

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DeLayne Peck

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#1 posted 09-14-2012 04:37 PM

That would scare the hell out of me. Glad you weren’t hurt.

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.

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#2 posted 09-14-2012 05:21 PM

Not sure if that is technically considered “kickback”, but nevertheless I’m glad you’re ok.

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#3 posted 09-14-2012 05:27 PM

Yeah, pretty sure “kickback” would have been the larger piece catching the back side of the spinning blade and shooting back. Definitely dangerous though. Glad you’re ok.

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#4 posted 09-14-2012 09:13 PM

Thanks for showing, it helps keep others, me especially, from becoming over confident with taking shortcuts, and operating on a non-safe way.
In fact, I had a similar event today with a small cutoff flying back at me. No damage though, to my saw or me.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#5 posted 09-14-2012 10:51 PM

A zero clearance insert should have no gaps,
Make one yourself out of a hardwood,
I make all my tablesaw inserts of oak or ash.

Keep your blades sharp !

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#6 posted 09-15-2012 01:48 AM

I really don’t see that you did anything to cause this wreck. Having a ZCI is a good idea but it is not practical to have one for every possible angle you may cut. I had a similar incident where my old saw blew a small piece of Ipe through a 3/8” BB ply insert.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#7 posted 09-15-2012 02:34 AM

Get a compound mitre saw but if you must do compounds on the table saw, remove the insert completely. A zci may compound the problem. In your case the fall off did not have a place to excape, but I guess you know that !

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#8 posted 09-15-2012 04:17 PM

(Edit … wrote thiis before I scrolled down and saw the note about tossing the blade.)

Unsolicited advice—Toss the blade. It is out of balance, and will never run/cut true.


-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#9 posted 09-21-2012 08:49 PM

Luckily this was after I made the cut. A thought that had crossed my mind was what if this happened just as I was making the cut because the direction the off cut flew was in the direction of where my face would have been. Had my face been there I wonder if it would have surprised me enough to make me jump and my hand would have hit the blade.

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