|Forum topic by Luke||posted 09-06-2009 05:33 AM||11548 views||1 time favorited||81 replies|
09-06-2009 05:33 AM
I have a question that has been bugging me for quite a while. Years even. I absolutely never use the blade guard on my table saw. I find it to be cumbersome and troublesome because I can never see what and where I am cutting. I can’t easily measure for making cuts. It takes me longer to do things especially like setting up a dado blade. The wood sometimes would get stuck right before the splitter in the back of the blade and I have an even more dangerous situation because the wood sits on the blade while running as I reach down and turn the saw off to remove the wood… or… I will rock the wood back and forth to get it to go around the splitter ( it’s not a cheap saw but the splitter does not stay where it needs to). That sounds really dangerous and IT IS! I know they made it for a reason but it sucks to use it and I am actually more careful with it off than with it on. I own a craftsman portable professional and the blade guard is not user friendly at all. It takes tools and time to take on and off…. and it pretty much SUCKS at any angle other than 90 degrees because you can’t put the rip fence close enough for the cut as it gets in the way. So here’s my BIG QUESTION:
How many lumberjocks actually use the blade guard?
I know a lot of videos and internet celebrities say to use it at all time “except for this video for demonstration purposes”. But lets get to the truth and see if I’m all alone here. I may be… if so, please use your blade guard whenever you can. ThankS!
-- LAS, http://www.abettersign.com