Today I was cutting some 1/8”hardboard for a project. I used my panel saw to crosscut the board to 4” X 48”. I took the piece to my tablesaw to cut it into 11” lengths. I set up my fence as a guide for the length and proceeded to make my cuts. The first couple cuts were uneventful. On the third or fourth cut I made a mistake. You see the one problem with my SuperShop is that you turn it on and off with a key, not a pushbutton. After making my cut, I have to reach over and turn the key off and let the blade come to a stop before removing the piece. Well, this time, after I turned the key off I must have moved the board and this allowed it to come in contact with the blade as it was coasting down from 2200 rpms. I saw the piece make contact and it started climbing up the blade. I knew a kickback was imminent! I had nowhere to run or hide for that matter and the piece flew into my abdomen. I was lucky that the saw blade was winding down and not at full speed. The impact wasn’t enough to make a mark, but the idea of what could have happened unsettled me. I made the rest of my cuts without incident, being even more vigilant than ever to make sure that I held the board in place while turning off the machine with the key, which is on the right lower side of the table, on the power head. I may have to envision a way to wire a pushbutton switch that would be easier to reach and a quicker way to shut the saw down. The key is a great idea for keeping a child from starting the saw, but as mentioned here, it does pose a danger if an emergency shutdown is needed. If I would have been able to be to one side(as I usually am), then I would have just moved out of the way and let the cutting fly behind me. Be careful and keep safe!
-- Jesus is Lord!