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Posted by on Mar 3, 2014 in New Tool Info | 0 comments

Table Saw Safety

As someone who has come painfully close to losing a finger on a table saw, experience has taught me not to run the table saw when I am mad or very tired. I hope I am a little smarter today that I once was, life can be a very good teacher. While using my table saw my attention and focus is on the blade and where my hands are and nothing else.

With the popularity of the SawStop table saw a lot of people are paying more attention to table saw safety.

While not everyone is ready to embrace the new technology their research has taught us a lot, such as that kickback dangers can be just as bad as a finger getting cut. A kickback can result in internal injuries such as ruptured organs that left untreated can kill you. All new table saws are now required to have a riving knife which have been the standard for years in Europe. I know everyone just loves their blade guard, but a riving knife moves with the blade and with the kickback pawls, reduces the chance for a kickback and does not obstruct your cut or your view of the work.

Adding a push stick greatly reduces the chance of getting your hand or finger tangled up in a spinning saw blade. One of the best options  for a push stick  is the  Microjig Advanced GRR Ripper.

R-200 GRIPPER IMAGE

GRR Ripper

It serves as  a moving blade guard for your hands, virtually eliminates kickback and  replaces  conventional  push sticks and  feather boards. Use it when cutting small pieces down to 1/8″ thick. With the angled handle it naturally pushes your material toward the fence.

By totally covering the saw blade or dado the GRR Ripper reduces the potential for error when something you didn’t plan for happens. That’s why they are called accidents.

Above all else if you are hearing a little voice in the back of your head telling you this might not be a good idea…

LISTEN.

 

 

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