|Project by rowdy||posted 09-28-2009 01:34 AM||1910 views||3 times favorited||9 comments|
I really like the Grizzly 1023 table saw that I have had for several years. However, I never have been comfortable with the location and size of the “OFF” button, so a while back I decided to make an addition to the saw to improve the operational safety. As you can see in the picture, there now is a wooden rail that extends completely along the front of the saw. The wooden assembly is attached to the metal rail above it with two hinges so that it swings freely back and forth. The left end of the wooden rail has a small polystyrene pad attached to it that just kisses the “OFF” button. So now I can turn the saw off with just a nudge of a knee while keeping my hands and eyes on the workpiece. I now feel much, much safer when using the saw.
I realize that others have posted similar additions to their saws. However, I thought I would post this specifically for Grizz saw owners because this is so easy to do—on my saw (and probably many other Grizz saws) there are small bolts conveniently located on the bottom of the metal rail that can be used to attach the hinges. This puts the construction and installation of the cutoff assembly in the “piece of cake” category.
The only small downside is that the rail assembly interferes to a small extent with the operation of the blade lifting wheel, but imho this is a small price to pay for the improved sense of safety that I have.
-- Rowdy in Kechi, Kansas