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#1 posted 02-03-2010 03:16 AM

I had the splitter, kick-back pawls, and blade guard on my TS when it took a bite out of my right thumb. I hate the blade guard, but use it when it does not interfere with the work/visibility. I am going to devise a quick release for the guard, so that I can keep the splitter/pawls in place most of the time. I never use the saw with the blade fully expended, but rather only about half the gutter depth above the stock, both for cleaner cuts on the wood and less damage to my hands if I do contact the blade again (maybe that’s why I still have my thumb).

When I upgrade my router table fence, I will install a bit guard on it. All other tools that came with guards have them in place and are nearly always used.

-- Doug, Bakersfield, CA - I measured twice, cut it twice, and it is still too short!

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