Do you unplug your tablesaw before blade changes?

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04-07-2012 07:58 PM

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I’ve read in books time and time again that you should actually UNPLUG your tablesaw while swapping out blades. I must admit, I’ve NEVER done this, and have never even come CLOSE to an accident—I mean, I’m standing on the opposite side, how could I bump the switch? That being said, even though I ignore it, my brain always throws a red-flag when I’m changing blades.

Do you unplug yours? Anyone have any close calls that might convince me to put the extra step in my book of habits?

-- Adam, Rochester NY

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#1 posted 04-07-2012 08:04 PM

It’s the old braces or as you guys say suspenders and belt approach. I always do it’s about adopting good habits. Have safe fun Alistair

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#2 posted 04-07-2012 08:14 PM

I have a red safety button on my saw just above the power switch and additionally have a on/off power switch built into the power strip that my saw is plugged into. I disconnect both.

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#3 posted 04-07-2012 08:21 PM


-- Bill - Mesquite, TX --- "Everything with a power cord eventually winds up in the trash.” John Sarge , timber framer and blacksmith instructor at Tillers International school

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#4 posted 04-07-2012 09:20 PM

ABSOLUTELY! Someday I’ll have a disconnect on the side of it to throw instead of reaching for the plug.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#6 posted 04-07-2012 09:26 PM

I suppose the real question is why not.Yes there is no good or acceptable reason not to when you think of the consequences it makes you shudder.I have all the machines and lights in my shop switch off with one throw of a master switch at the junction box and it saves alot of time to just do this when I need to. Alistair

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#7 posted 04-07-2012 09:27 PM

Every Time.

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#8 posted 04-07-2012 09:37 PM

No, but I will try to from now on. No reason not to I guess.

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#9 posted 04-07-2012 09:39 PM


its like locking up my bike when going into a shop for a couple minutes. Sometimes it seems silly, but if something ever happened, boy would i feel a lot sillier then.

except by silly i mean my fingers mangled beyond belief.

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#10 posted 04-07-2012 09:39 PM

I always unplug it whenever my hands go near the blade.
Even if I’m only changing the throat plate, I unplug it.
The thing scares me too much to take a chance.

-- Close to Ottawa Ontario Canada

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#11 posted 04-07-2012 09:43 PM


-- Mel,

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#12 posted 04-07-2012 09:46 PM

When it comes to electricity I always expect the unexpected to happen.
I have an metal outlet box on my saw cabinet the powers both the saw and the router table. So the plugs are right in reach when changing blades and bits.

I unplug my machines to change blades and bits. The only one I’m guilty of not unplugging is the drill press.

When I bring kids into the shop unplugging tools is a required safety rule to change blades and bits or make any adjustments.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#13 posted 04-07-2012 09:53 PM

Except for once or twice when I’ve forgotten…. ABSOLUTELY!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#14 posted 04-07-2012 09:56 PM

If you don,t then you deserve everything you get ;-) Stupid is as stupid does !!

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#15 posted 04-07-2012 10:15 PM

Mine is unplugged most of the time.

Anytime I change the blade; install or remove guards; check a height setting; have my hands, tools or anything else near the throat plate – except when I’m actually cutting wood.

And anytime I walk away from the saw.

Two reasons:

1. The guy who sold me my first table saw had lost one whole finger and parts of three others. He warned me to “be careful”.

2. When the kids lived at home, I was scared to death they’d get curious. Now, I don’t trust my wife.

-- Jim Maher, Illinois

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