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Blog entry by canadianchips posted 09-19-2010 10:46 PM 6761 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

Is it just me or ?
I have been reading about how some people are using portable miter saws and table saws just sitting on the floor.
Any time I set up a temporary work area I always use tables, workbench etc to get the saw off the floor. Nothing more dangerous than bending, kneeling or however, EVERY time you need to make a cut. A little time to organize your work area will pay off at the end of the day !
Some of the stands that come with these portable saws are junk. Wobbly, tippy, etc. I make sure mine are solid ! I used to work with jobsite table saw that would want to tip half way through the cut. SOLD IT. I lug around a CAST IRON TABLE heavy sucker now.(It does have wheels)

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#1 posted 09-20-2010 03:45 AM

The guy that won the 10 million dollar lawsuit agains Ryobi was using a saw on the floor. Of course, he also was trying to rip without a fence. He did not have any of the safety attachments that came with the saw on it. In general, he broke every rule. Was it worth 10 mil to lose most of the use of 1 hand and a pretty serious injury to the other hand?

We were doing some remodeling at my church a year or so ago (I don’t do construction work for a living, but do volunteer for things like this). We had a small job site saw and a portable miter saw. I set the miter saw up on a work table with outfeed support front and back and then built a table with 2 saw horses and a piece of plywood to put the table saw on. I actually screwed the plywood to the saw horses and then screwed bolted the saw to the plywood. I am like you, I don’t like not having appropriate work support, especially when it involves something like a 10” saw blade spinning at high speed. Those things will bite hard if they get you. I rarely will work on the floor. Occasionally, I will lay a sheet of plywood on a sheet of foam insulation to cut with a circular/skil saw to cut pieces down to rough size.

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