|Forum topic by newbiewoodworker||posted 1204 days ago||1923 views||0 times favorited||34 replies|
1204 days ago
Within the next several days, we have, and are covering, the table saw, and getting cleared for use on it. However:
-The guard is busted, although it can still be moved over the blade… it just is a pain to move back and forth(not up and down.)
I said I was surprised we hadn’t gotten a Saw Stop. Merely because with kids using it, there is bound to be an accident(a few years ago, the previous shop teacher took off the tip of his finger. A few years ago, another kid took off his thumb..) He said “its too expensive.” I then casually said about the liability, to which he agreed.. $1m over a severed thumb is alot more than the $3k for a saw.
But the riving knife/splitter missing is a different story… Not long after the first kid did his test, he gave a demo, where he threw a piece of wood on the blade.. it nearly KOed the Router Table, not to mention would have taken another kid out, had he not been told to move less than a minute before… I mean kickback can really do damage… not to mention it can drag a helpers hand through the blade, should they get caught up on the stock… Its not a luxury, its a safety concern.
The kicker is, he forgot to tell kids its missing the knife… most assume its not supposed to be there.
Now, he did tell us, that it is an optional machine to use. If we are even a wee bit nervous, he’d rather not have us use it, since its a bad machine to make a mistake on. Only 5 of us are comfortable… and Im only okay with it, because I know that many people dont use the knife, so its not a certain injury.
But I mean seriously… can schools be that tight budgeted…?
Once I get done the safety training, Im going to ask him, if we have a knife, that can be outfitted. It is definately an OSHA violation…
On a second note: Its funny, because he said to me the other day, that I am “quick, unlike others who are extremely cautious”... Yea, I am quick, but thats because I know my actions, and unlike most teens, Think ahead to the reprocussions. Like on the band saw, I am not afraid to reach around behind the blade, or stand to the right of the saw, and guide it through..
It just pisses me off, that schools want to be cheap with our safety, and make it so everyone can pass… But safety isnt something you can skate by on… There are no consulation prizes for missing limbs…
Okay, thats my rant for the day… lol
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