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Posted on Would there be fewer injuries if with less powerful tools, especially table saws?

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#1 posted 04-02-2011 04:29 PM

If a piece of wood is going to bind from internal stresses being released, then it’s going to bind. That is where a riving knife or splitter is really helpful, whether it’s a 3/4-HP motor, or a 3-HP motor (although the 3-HP will tend to “muscle” through it better as mentioned above).

I would not personally disassemble a pallet on a tablesaw. I feel that it is easier to maneuver a small handheld tool like a reciprocating saw, or a circular saw, as opposed to a big, unwieldy pallet. I’ve taken a couple pallets apart, but only a couple. I started with a reciprocating saw, but also used my 7-1/4-circular saw. Both worked well, although the circular saw was faster.

Whichever route you decide to go, just remember to consider safety first by taking the proper precautions and respecting the tool. I’m not saying you don’t personally practice safety first… it’s more of a general reminder to everyone.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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