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Glastron

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09-15-2015 11:05 AM

I have a couple questions on lowering your table saw blade.

1. How many of you lower your table saw blade beneath the table once you’re done working with it?

2. What is your reason for lowering the blade?

This week I was working on a box, after putting the spline jig which glides alone over the top of the fence, I forgot to lower and set the blade depth first, that was a step that I missed, once I placed the jig on the table it hid the blade from me, the blade was set high enough to cut 1” thick stock so the teeth were higher roughly 1 1/2” high so you can imagine what happened once I pushed the box through the blade, once I realized it was too late, so now I have my reason for making sure the blade is lowered after each use.


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CharlesA

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#1 posted 09-15-2015 11:31 AM

I should, but don’t. I only lower it if I need to set something on the table that will cover the blade. Seems smart to do it—but I don’t ever remember.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#2 posted 09-15-2015 11:52 AM

I lower it out of habit. I have two boys that would visit the shop. I did not want them to turn on the saw with something on the table. They never did try to turn anything on. I still lower to prevent me from hitting the blade with anything I carry through the shop area or slide off my assembly table.

-- Chris K

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JayT

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#3 posted 09-15-2015 12:32 PM

I lower mine. Mainly because the table saw frequently gets used as an auxiliary table to set parts as I work at the bench, drill press or planer. If I remember to lower the blade after use, I don’t have to try and do it with my hands full when I need to set something down.

-- "Good judgement is the result of experience. A lot of experience is the result of poor judgement."

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#4 posted 09-15-2015 12:34 PM

I was brought up in a production environment. I never lower the blade. A lowered blade is in just the right place to make you waste time raising it again. That is production mentality. Not throwing shade. Also there is a mental checklist you get used to. In the same way you always check to make sure the fence is XX.XX from the blade, you get used to asking yourself if the blade is high enough/low enough/at the right angle.

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Glastron

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#5 posted 09-15-2015 12:50 PM

Sir, I’m getting to that point where I have CRS syndrome :) I had a brain fart and just forgot that step before running the box through.

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WhyMe

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#6 posted 09-15-2015 12:51 PM

I lower the blade when I’m finished with the saw just to get it out of the way from other work I’m doing. Also keeps the blade from getting hit and damaged.

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SirIrb

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#7 posted 09-15-2015 12:54 PM

Sorry, I dont know what CRS is. Cant Remember S*? Or a real medical issue? If its cant remember anything then you have to ask yourself how you remember the fence location. Ok, I have forgot to set it and just ripped away (and anyone who has any time on a saw has done the same thing—dont deny it—LIARS!!!)

Honestly, remembering is something that will happen. Its the same with checking router bit height etc etc.

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bondogaposis

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#8 posted 09-15-2015 01:04 PM

I lower it every time I need to use it as an assembly table.

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Daruc

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#9 posted 09-15-2015 01:25 PM



I was brought up in a production environment. I never lower the blade. A lowered blade is in just the right place to make you waste time raising it again. That is production mentality. Not throwing shade. Also there is a mental checklist you get used to. In the same way you always check to make sure the fence is XX.XX from the blade, you get used to asking yourself if the blade is high enough/low enough/at the right angle.

- SirIrb

Pretty much the same for me.
I’m always checking blade height for whatever I’m cutting.
It’s natural since different materials and blades require different heights.

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TheFridge

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#10 posted 09-15-2015 01:25 PM

Nope

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BritBoxmaker

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#11 posted 09-15-2015 01:26 PM

It sleeps more soundly that way.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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joey502

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#12 posted 09-15-2015 01:36 PM

I lower mine below the table when I leave the shop but not between uses. My shop is also my “garage”. Our 8 year old daughter keeps her bike and 4 wheeler parked in there. I could not forgive myself if there was an accident.

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Richard H

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#13 posted 09-15-2015 01:40 PM

I usually lower my blade once I am done with a batch of cuts but that’s more lack of horizontal space than anything else so I need that table saw surface to work on. In school we where always taught to return the tools to a default state after working on them and verify they where in that state when first approaching them. It’s not a bad habit to get into but I’m not sure it really hurts anything either other than that those carbide teeth are more protected under the saw than on top of it especially if you don’t have a blade guard attached.

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bigblockyeti

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#14 posted 09-15-2015 01:52 PM

I lower the blade after I’m finished and know I won’t be using the saw for anything else in the immediate future. I do this to protect myself, my children, the blade and any project I might set on the saw. If I’m in the middle of cutting stock down for a project I’ll certainly leave the blade up, even overnight. I try to work methodically so as to use each tool as much as possible all at once during a build and then moving onto the next. I realize this isn’t always practical or even possible, but it allows me to work more efficiently.

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MT_Stringer

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#15 posted 09-15-2015 02:01 PM

I lower the blade below the surface because I use it along with the outfeed table as the work space.

Luckily it was lowered when my granddaughter came to visit. She likes to help me work in the shop. She is five and the start button for the Grizzly is just at the right height for her. One day when grandma brought her over she simply pushed the start button as she walked by. Fortunately the blade was below the table.

Nowadays, when I learn she is coming over, I lock out the switch.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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