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Forum topic by Robert posted 04-03-2018 01:57 PM 1942 views 0 times favorited 21 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-03-2018 01:57 PM

Maybe this will save someone a trip to the ER.

Don’t leave tools in your fence.

I’ve been doing it for years and this is what happened the other day. The allen wrench somehow flipped up and out of the well in the fence and landed there just as I turned off the saw. Luckily my head was over the the side where the switch is but if that had gotten caught in the blade….. I don’t even want to think about it!

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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#2 posted 04-03-2018 02:04 PM

Well that is a habbit I need to break quickly.

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#3 posted 04-03-2018 02:38 PM

I don’t leave tools laying on my fence….ever…...just for the same reason you posted….In fact, I don’t keep anything on the fence…...!!

-- " There's a better way.....find it"...... Thomas Edison.

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#4 posted 04-03-2018 03:29 PM

I have a Unifence so not a concern but you must have bad vibration at spindown. What are the Allen keys for?

-- Rick M,

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#5 posted 04-03-2018 03:40 PM

Super glad you dodged that bullet! It could have been a serious life changer! Now you got me thinking I need to change my operation. I’ve got a ruler like you and pencil I use in addition to my push stick. Thanks for the warning!

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#6 posted 04-03-2018 04:11 PM

I don’t leave tools per se but I do leave a push block on my Unifence that is always in the same orientation at the same location so it can be picked up at the end of a long rip without having to stop feeding.

-- "Lack of effort will result in failure with amazing predictability" - Me

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#7 posted 04-03-2018 04:36 PM

Ugh…guilty of that one, though I do take stuff off the fence when ripping anything narrower than the width of my hand.

Than again, that only goes to show I’m smart enough to know it could be a problem, but I’m also stupid enough to believe that 6” is dangerous and 7” is safe :p

-- "Ladies, if your husband says he'll get to it, he'll get to it. No need to remind him about it every 6 months."

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#8 posted 04-03-2018 04:40 PM

I am definitely guilty of that…....well sometimes, I have one of those pushers that strattle my fence, so I am forced to clean it off then, but hey…..... GREAT ADVICE!!!!

-- Mike

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#9 posted 04-03-2018 04:53 PM

Thanks – I had not considered that.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#10 posted 04-03-2018 09:40 PM

That is a great piece of advice!
I am guilty of leaving the remote for the dust collector there.

-- A bad day woodworking is still better than a good day working.

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#11 posted 04-03-2018 09:55 PM

I have a Unifence so not a concern …
- Woodknack

Same here, so I do keep a few things handy on the back side trough.

This thread offers a really good piece of safety advice!


-- Jim, Houston, TX

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Charlie H.

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#12 posted 04-04-2018 03:42 AM

You are right.
I keep all kinds of crap on the fence and I need to stop doing it.

-- Regards, Charlie in Rowlett, TX --------I talk to myself, because sometimes I need expert advice.---------

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#13 posted 04-06-2018 06:45 PM

I’m one more guilty. Push stick resides there. I’ll clear it off soon as I get back to my shop.

-- Pete

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#14 posted 04-06-2018 11:50 PM

Guilty as charged! I do this all the time….. until tomorrow. Thanks for the safety heads up.

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#15 posted 04-06-2018 11:57 PM

I never leave anything on my fence or table saw top. Never have.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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