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Posted on Face shield when using the table saw

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#1 posted 02-25-2018 11:20 PM

Yes, obviously, safety practices are the most important factor. No where in my post did I say anything about wearing safety gear so that I could be LESS safe while operating my table saw. Obviously, I’m going to do everything I can to be as safe as possible. Of course I’m going try and stay out of the plane of the spinning blade. I don’t think that wanting to wear some extra protection would mean that I’m “approaching this all wrong” or that I’ve “already assumed” I “will have another kickback”. Wearing a padded apron and face shield does not seem like too much nor does it seem like it would be a hindrance nor would it make me careless or less mindful. If anything, by putting on the few pieces of safety gear it will remind me to slow down, think things through, and be mindful, careful, and safe. Honestly, I don’t think I will have another kickback – I’ve figured out what I was doing wrong (using a saw that had a misaligned blade) and I’ve corrected that. The main reason I’m using the extra safety gear is to make me feel better going back to the table saw after experiencing a kickback. It’s really more for my piece of mind.

Sorry if I seem rude or overly sensitive. I really appreciate the replies from members who are actually trying to answer my initial question about the Uvex Face Shield. And honestly, I’ve enjoyed almost all of the responses, whether they were helpful or not. But, I just wanted to briefly address this idea that my plan to wear a couple of extra pieces of safety gear is somehow a bad idea.

FYI – I got the Uvex in the mail yesterday. It seems like it will offer a good amount of protection. A replacement shield is only $20 (for the anti-fog version) so I may take a baseball bat to the one I just got to see how it holds up. I understand that a board coming off a table saw will most likely be moving faster than I can swing a bat, but still… if the face shield stands up to the bat, that will be impressive. If I do decide to test, I will report back.

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