Kick back ouch that hurts!

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Blog entry by Huckleberry posted 01-18-2010 07:52 PM 1118 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was making some small thing for a church auction right. I was cutting a piece of 10/4 walnut down when all of a sudden it was gone. This time the kick back got me and thank God I was blessed with a big belly. Yup gut shot and wow did it smart. The bad thing about some accidents is they happen so fast you can’t take in what actually happened. This is what I know about the push stick I was using now has a huge gash in it I am still counting my fingers in dis-belief they are still there. I did not have any splitter although I am not sure that this played into it as the kerf is still spread apart so no pinching occurred. Everything on the saw is parallel I have checked and checked it again. Blade height is always the same I only put a little of half the tooth showing about any material I cut so that the risk of cutting fingers off. Not sure what can be taken from this other than kick back hurts like devil. So two bruises and two cuts nice little battle marks. Be safe every one in your shops!

-- I cut it twice and the damn thing is still too short!@#$%

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David Craig

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#1 posted 01-18-2010 08:21 PM

Regardless of how it happened, I am definitely glad you have all your fingers intact sir! Thank you for pointing out the value of those pushblocks and thank God it was the block that received the gashing.


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#2 posted 01-18-2010 08:59 PM

Glad you are ok!!! A splitter might have helped.
This is exactly why I now stand to the side of the blade, use holddowns, and a very sturdy push stick.

Let us know what you conclude was the cause.
Again, I’m thankful you aren’t getting a new nickname over this.

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#3 posted 01-18-2010 09:19 PM

Uugh! Glad you are OK!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#4 posted 01-18-2010 09:22 PM

kick back can happen in the blink of an eye and you are sometimes not sure what caused it. That has happened to me. Glad you are okay though

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#5 posted 01-18-2010 11:02 PM

A “push stick” and 10/4 anything sounds pretty risky. My preference is a 24-tooth rip blade, thin kerf, 3 hp TS and a big mushy grouting pad. Glad you are ok.

-- Troy Bouffard || Master Sergeant, US Army (Retired) ||

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#6 posted 01-19-2010 04:41 AM

I’m glad you’re OK, I just wish the LJ Home Page said “Stand Off Line When You’re Not Online”...

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#7 posted 01-19-2010 05:40 AM

Does the fact that you can’t figure out what went wrong make you nervous about using the saw? I know it would me.
Glad you’re okay.

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#8 posted 01-19-2010 05:42 AM

I hear ya, had a similar event about a week ago, and my belly is still kinda black/purple/yellow. I, on the other hand, made a careless error which caused my kickback. I suggest looking back over things tomorrow and think everything through. I find that taking a step back to look at the big picture usually helps solve problems. Glad you came away with only bruises.

-- Measuring twice and cutting once only works if you read the tape correctly!

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#9 posted 01-20-2010 05:12 AM

The answer is yes I am a little gun shy right now. I have had kick back before and it went through my wall well not all the way but the dry wall still has the hole. That really didn’t bother me, but for some reason this one is. I have taken some time off from the shop and I am ready to investigate this with fresh eyes. I really need to Sherlock Holmes this thing to have a little piece of mind.

-- I cut it twice and the damn thing is still too short!@#$%

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