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#1 posted 10-22-2018 08:25 PM

I began to use a table saw as a teen, back in the early second half of the last century. I still use a table saw, and i have several nearby friends that have table saws, and we sometimes work on things together at each others shops. Not one saw i have ever owned or worked on had a blade guard in place, and non of them have splitters or riving knives. I guess I am simply lucky to have been born in a period where we learned to use the saw safely, and didn’t depend on added attachments to protect ourselves.

I do think that folks that use blade guards are more capable than me. They must have determined a safe way to operate and make good cuts with a blade guard in place, partially blocking the sight lines to view the blade. I never had the mental ability to figure that out, so the blade guards never went on to the table saw in the first place.

One only hopes that everybody with a guard and a rk/splitter on the table saw also spends the effort to worry about countering the dangers of hand-held circular saws (aka kick-back machines), and routers, and routers mounted in tables. Just about everything in the shop can injure the user, often with serious consequences, not just table saws.

-- Jim, Houston, TX

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