Do you unplug your tablesaw before blade changes?

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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 872 days ago

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

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#2 posted 872 days ago

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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-- 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 872 days ago

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, we sent 'em to Washington.

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#6 posted 872 days ago

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 872 days ago

Every Time.

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#8 posted 872 days ago

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

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#9 posted 872 days ago


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 872 days ago

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 872 days ago


-- Mel,

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#12 posted 872 days ago

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 872 days ago

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

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

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#14 posted 872 days ago

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

-- John in Belgrave (Website) ,

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#15 posted 872 days ago

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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