Table saws are generally safe to use workshop tools. Many people would rather use this kind of saw because it is more stable and it offers less chance of physical cutting accidents. Usually, the only things a table saw cuts are the woods you feed into it.
If you are apprehensive about buying a table saw, you should be aware that these tools are not being launched for commercial selling unless they have gone through several tests and then have passed each one of them.
Manufacturers of saws are very strict in making sure that their products have been tried and tested before they send them out for public use. After several tests, the saws are then made available for commercial retail.
Table Saw safety
Despite the fact that table saws are safe tools to use, it is still very important to know and understand that there are safety precautions that everyone should follow and practice. For one, wearing safety glasses, a face shield or goggles are highly recommended if you intend to use a table saw – and you have to keep these protection during use of the device.
A dusk mask is also something that you may want to consider wearing especially if the material you are going to cut is dusty. It is also important to take off the gloves before you start operating the machine, at the same time, try not to wear long-sleeved shirts, dangling pieces of accessories or a tie. Any lose clothing or item can get caught in the table saw blade.
Other special tips include:
- Using of puck sticks in cutting stock of 150 cm wide or less
- Using of stop block when crosscutting short lengths
- Wearing non-slip footwear
- Positioning the body to be not in line with the blades
- Standing on the floor firmly to avoid awkward operation and to prevent you from falling into the blades
- Paying attention and not multitasking – like holding a conversation while operating the machine
- Waiting for the blade to stop running before doing anything or reaching behind the blade
- Disconnecting power before changing blades or doing another maintenance operation
- Using the right kind of wood – like seasoned, flat and dry kinds
- Making sure that the stock is free from any foreign materials like nails, stones, or knot screws
A lot of people are so sure about using table saws – or any kind of saw for that matter. The truth though is that no matter how much experience you have with carpentry or DIY projects, it is always better to follow some safety rules. So, try to keep these tips in mind before you start using a table saw.