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01-04-2014 02:59 AM

I would like to blame the saw but it was all my fault. I was squaring up some bass wood on my Skil model POS. The problem is I was in a hurry and did not use my push stick. Just a piece of scrap. I had a hunch something was going to happen and it did as I was moving my left hand away. The blade caught and I felt my left hand pulled in. I don’t know if the blade got me or if the wood did when it kicked back. Most of the meat on the tip of my pointer is gone and a chunk is taken out of the middle finger. Doc said I was really lucky. I agreed. Considering all the things I have done to myself this was the first time I almost passed out. This plain hurts.

I did take a pic if people don’t believe me.

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#1 posted 01-04-2014 03:12 AM

Glad you are okay. No push stick, prolly no blade guard right?, and being in a hurry is a bad combo for a table saw.

Be careful brother.

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#2 posted 01-04-2014 03:13 AM

Ouch. Hope you heal up quickly.

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#3 posted 01-04-2014 03:33 AM

glad to hear it’s no worse.keep safe.

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#4 posted 01-04-2014 03:42 AM

SAW STOP … I know the feeling, and the pain.

despite you best efforts and your confidence that your smarter and faster than a saw blade at 10k rpm…. your not ….I know all too well. my .02

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#5 posted 01-04-2014 03:46 AM

Glad to hear you’re OK, in the grand scheme of things. Your experience shows how important it is to NOT get in a hurry or get complacent around our tools. I don’t know how many times I’ve started to make a cut at the table saw, then backed away to reset my thinking. Even at that, there are times I start a cut and halfway through I start wondering, “What am I doing”? So far, I’ve been fortunate and have had no serious issues! It just proves the point that the most important tool in our shops is our brain.

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#6 posted 01-04-2014 03:58 AM

No matter how many times we post our owwies and we blindly respond “ah geez, get well” we still have people posting their owwies. Of course, those that avoid owwies because they took seriously the owwies of those that post owwies we will never know about since they avoided an owwie and therefore will never post an owwie that we can say “ah geez, get well”.

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#7 posted 01-04-2014 04:18 AM

That gave my brain an owwie DKV. Be safe Nate and glad to hear you have all your ticklers left.

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#8 posted 01-04-2014 04:22 AM

And I believe you but the masochist inside me would like to see it.

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#9 posted 01-04-2014 04:24 AM

Hmmm, DKV, maybe we should have posts along the lines of “I was really careful in the shop today and I didn’t injure myself”... :)

-- John, BC, Canada

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#10 posted 01-04-2014 05:05 AM

Nwbusa, you’re on the right track but it should be “I didn’t get any owwies today because of (fill in the name)’s post on his tablesaw mishap. Thanks (fill in the name) for keeping me safe and aware.

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#11 posted 01-04-2014 05:23 AM

Glad to hear you are ok and you have all your fingers.
This is what SCARES me about me using my table saw. In my case, that momentary lapse of concentration or being in a hurry. I doesn’t happen often but by the time I realize it, it is after the fact.
A Saw Stop is in my future but I just cannot afford it right now. There is truly no room in the budget for it right now. So, I continue to be paranoid and diligent as much as possible until I can get it.

-- I'm not clumsy.. It's just the floor hates me, the tables and chairs are bullies, the wall gets in the way AAANNNDDD table saws BITE my fingers!!!.. - Mike -

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#12 posted 01-04-2014 04:01 PM

I’m glad to hear your okay. I know how much it hurts, and it ain’t fun. I had a similar accident late this past summer and now the ring finger on my right hand is a quarter of an inch shorter than it should be, and my pinky is a bit funny looking. It could have been a lot worse.

I didn’t post when I did it because I was too embarrassed to have gotten hurt after 20 years of working with tools in industrial settings. My mistake was a dumb one and I knew better. I tried to save 2 seconds and I lost the use of my fingers for 2 months. I still feel really stupid.

I think that it’s great that you posted your mistake. The more often lumberjocks hear about injuries the more careful they are likely to be.

I hope you feel better soon. Ice is your best friend, it’s better than the drugs sometimes. Do everything your physical therapist says; you’ll be amazed how fast you lose dexterity and range of motion in fingers your not using.

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#13 posted 01-04-2014 04:17 PM

I hope your fingers heal quickly and that you don’t suffer any long-lasting effects. I know you say you aren’t blaming your saw, but does it deserve maybe a little bit of the responsibility? My father has a POS that Skil claims is a tablesaw. The top can flex, the blade needs forced to get to 90 degrees, and the piece of junk they call a fence is really just a wedge of cheap metal that can’t be set parallel to the blade without a lot of extra setup and a pair of vise-grips – all defects that can contribute to your saw turning into Cujo on you.

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#14 posted 01-04-2014 04:35 PM

Wow that was bad I’m glad it wasn’t worse. I guess we need to pay attention when we get those feelings like something bad is going to happen,and see if there’s a better way to do what we are about to do. I hope you heal quickly . I know A Saw Stop is a big jump up from the saw your using but accidents like this points out what a good investment a SS would be.


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#15 posted 01-04-2014 04:47 PM

Is that the tiny 125.00 crap saw with the 1” opening bade insert?

Skill, delta, workforce, craftsman, etc. they all put their name on this POS – made in China.

might be time to upgrade to a saw with a good insert and fence.

you have our blessing to run over this one. I’d be scared to sell it. imagine if they got hurt after this experience?

in fact, a picture of your truck running over it would be nice.

welcome to the club….get it? club? ok not funny.

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