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Posted on Is the Blade Guard really necessary ?

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#1 posted 01-11-2013 06:04 PM

I am an absolute safety nut about every machine in my shop. HOWEVER, i must admit that I haven’t used my blade guard in many years. With the exception of a Brett Guard, any other guard just made it more potentially harmful than helpful because I want to see that saw blade at all times. I use antikick back wheels and a Micro jig splitter. I push my stock through with a GRRIPPER push block system. and the most imprtant thing I do just like breathing is unplug the saw after each and every cut when I turn off the saw. i’ve had one kick back incident and that was years ago and it scared the hell out of me and thats what made me get the antikick back wheels. I know. The blade is still exposed even with these other things. If you’re going to work without the guard, you’d better make a habit of prepping yourself for each and every cut you make, being fully aware of what you are going to do, how and for how long. I think if you decide on this mindset going in, working without a guard is safe. You have to keep track of how tuned the saw is and that may mean, for your own peace of mind, checking the squareness of everything once each month. you can never be too careful when it comes to safety with these machines. Just my two cents worth.

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