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Posted on Violent kickbacks when cutting trim miters on tablesaw

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#1 posted 01-16-2018 06:39 PM

Read my post again. The workpiece may appear to have been securely clamped, but in fact may not have been or the clamp didn’t entirely hold well enough thru the cut, that it allowed movement as it passed by the blade. From the OPs latest response, it sounds like that’s exactly what was happening. There’s no way for the offcut to get pinched unless the workpiece somehow rotated.

However, even if that weren’t the case, the clamp is entirely unnecessary and dangerous as the operator has no control over the workpiece without being directly engaged with it. A few fingers over the miter gauge fence is all that’s needed. Fingers would not be too close to the blade for comfort. Also IMO spring clamps and saws don’t go together well. Positive clamping pressure is needed with a blade spinning at 3500+ rpms. This issue was induced by the user.

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