|Forum topic by Scot||posted 376 days ago||1416 views||0 times favorited||25 replies|
376 days ago
Since I have been a member here there have been a lot of discussions about table saw safety. Recently I read an article on this subject (for the life of me I can’t find it now) that had some very interesting statistics.
The article was based on accident statistics, which were broken down into categories of the type saws involved in the accidents.
Not surprisingly the most dangerous were the light weight bench top models and the new light weight contractor style saws.
A very, very, distant third was the old style contractor saw. You know the type, the ones that took two men and a boy to move and all three ended up with hernia’s.
And even farther down the line, I believe it was some where between 8-10 percent were the cabinet saws. It was stated that part of the reason these numbers could possibly be lower, was the people using these saws tended to be working in professional capacities and had better training and better maintained equipment.
But the two biggest contributors listed, besides human error, were weight and stability or I should say lack of. Neither of which bench top saws or the new lightweight contractor saws have.
The article did factor in the the use of splitters, riving knives and the sawstop. Surprisingly the numbers were not effected very much over all when these were used. I will say this, the stats they used started in the 60’s,
The heavier the saw was, the lower the number of accidents. Easy to understand, heavy = more stability and less vibration.
The bottom line was stability and vibration, these two appear to be the biggest contributors to table saw accidents.
I didn’t need to read the article to find this out, over the years I’ve seen it first hand. But I never really thought about the stats involved.
Here are just a few contributors to accidents or near misses I’ve witnessed over the years
Light weight saws with flimsy legs
Lot to be said for almost 600 lbs of Unisaw or Powermatic.
-- If the old masters had power tools, they would have used them. So get off your damn High Horse.