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Forum topic by ArtCam posted 11-19-2015 11:13 PM 606 views 0 times favorited 15 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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ArtCam

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11-19-2015 11:13 PM

If you were to pick just two safety accessories for your table saw, what would they be?
For me it is a feather board and riving knife.
Are there any safety accessories out there that just get to be bells and whistles, and are perhaps, actually a hazard?


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StumpyNubs

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#1 posted 11-19-2015 11:25 PM

Push stick, or better yet a push block. And blade guard, which is something most people remove. But it provides a splitter feature, it reminds you where to not put your hands, and it serves as eye protection for those times you don’t put on safety glasses (even though it is no replacement for them.)

Bells and whistle devices? I paid a hundred bucks for a set of hold down wheels that attach to the fence. They are set at a slight angle to pull the work piece against the fence while holding it down through the cut. They just get in the way and are a huge hassle.

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#2 posted 11-19-2015 11:29 PM

A fence that stays parallel to the blade.

A sharp blade.

Safe.

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#3 posted 11-19-2015 11:36 PM

Safety glasses and push stick.

-- "You may have your PHD but I have my GED and my DD 214"

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#4 posted 11-19-2015 11:41 PM

Push stick, hearing protection and dust collection. That’s two, isn’t it? ;)

-- Art

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Tennessee

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#5 posted 11-19-2015 11:43 PM

For me, without a doubt, the riving knife. Second is the anti kickback unit. The knife over the years has saved me many times from a throwback when the board decided to “relieve” itself and push into the knife, trying to push into the blade and kick back. I used to own a Ryobi BT3000 without a knife, and the kickbacks I took on that saw were terrible. Now my current table saw has a riving knife, and an anti-kickback unit, and I feel much safer as I can push most anything through even though it tries to bend into blade.
Third would be the push block, and fourth would be (lastly, I know), the blade guard.

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Scott C.

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#6 posted 11-19-2015 11:50 PM

Out feed table. Maybe I’m alone on this, but I consider it a big safety feature especially with longer or larger cuts. Having to figure out how to balance a board after a cut is a dangerous situation.

-- measure twice, cut once, swear and start over.

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SirIrb

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#7 posted 11-20-2015 12:22 AM

Agreed. Sometimes good common sense well calibrated parts is all the bling you need.

No anti this. No knife that. No hotdawg thingy.

Sharp blade. Good fence. Plenty of room to work on both sides and off the back end. Watch them digits and you’re good.


Out feed table. Maybe I m alone on this, but I consider it a big safety feature especially with longer or larger cuts. Having to figure out how to balance a board after a cut is a dangerous situation.

- Scott C.


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#8 posted 11-20-2015 01:24 AM

Push stick
magnetic featherboard

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bonesbr549

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#9 posted 11-20-2015 01:34 AM

I like the riving knife & my Micro Jig GRR-RipperĀ® (2 of em)

My insurance policy is my SawSTop.

-- Sooner or later Liberals run out of other people's money.

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#10 posted 11-20-2015 01:35 AM

Surprised nobody has mentioned a miter or cross cut sled yet… which I consider just as important as a featherboard and push shoe.

Cheers,
Brad

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#11 posted 11-20-2015 01:39 AM

Cross cut sled and push sticks, but Brad beat me to it.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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Don Broussard

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#12 posted 11-20-2015 01:39 AM

Double post.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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ArtCam

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#13 posted 11-20-2015 02:18 AM

Wow, really good stuff here folks. And hopefully a good thread for awareness…...a heads-up for safety.
Thanks, much.
Derek

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#14 posted 11-20-2015 02:21 AM

Sawstop

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#15 posted 11-20-2015 02:23 AM

push sticks and a Dixon Ticonderoga #2 with a full eraser.

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