The table saw is a kind of power tool which is the most widely-used woodworking machine in the woodshop. Though it is hugely used, it is also known as the most dangerous tool among all the saws when it comes to the point of injury. But it can be used safely by taking proper precautions and using some common-sense.
Besides, one should concentrate wholeheartedly while working with a table saw. This can reduce the possibility of being injured while using a table saw. Therefore, one should know about the table saw very well and all the table saw safety tips that must be taken before using a table saw. Such some table saw safety tips are given below:
Table Saw Safety Tips:
Wear Safety Equipment
Wearing appropriate safety equipment is mandatory. Before using a power tool, especially a table saw, one must wear safety glasses and hearing protection. Otherwise, there is the possibility of losing eye-sight and hearing capability. One should also be aware of his/her clothing. While working through a table saw, one should wear fitting cloth, which cannot be loose. And all kinds of ornaments and jewelries and also neckties are prohibited so that one can avoid all hazards.
Wearing hand gloves are also prohibited. You should not wear gloves in the time of using a table saw. These so-called cut-proof gloves have no ability to stop the saw from cutting your fingers if you decentralize once and run your finger into the blade.
Check Safety Features
Before you start working, you must check the safety features of your saw, such as the blade guard, splitter, anti-kickback(if present), and make sure that all the parts of the saw are rightly placed and works properly. If they are not, then you have to place them in the places they belong. After ensuring all these, you can turn your machine on.
Clean the Saw Area
You should keep the table and its surrounding area clean and should clear the sawdust timely. Because dust may reduce the working capacity of the table saw and cause injury to its users. So besides keeping a broom and a dustpan, you should set up a dust collection system so that you can keep your workshop clean.
Maintain a Good Position
To keep a good balance, the user should maintain a good position of the saw and also the place where he should stand so that the stock cannot kick back into his body. He shouldn’t stand with his feet together and also shouldn’t lean to one side. Finally, one shouldn’t make a cut if he feels the position of his body or arms are unnatural and awkward.
Power should be disconnected before changing the Blade
Sometimes the user of the table saw needs to change the blade of the saw. And sometimes, other internal adjustments are needed as well. Before doing such kind of work, you should disconnect the power of the saw. Otherwise, some dangerous things may happen.
Use Proper Inserts
The proper zero-clearance blade inserts should always be used if you want to use a table saw. A zero clearance may support the stock right up to the edge of the blade and help to get a clean cut. It would prevent narrow pieces of drop-off from becoming wedged between edges of the throat plate and the blade.
Never Attempt Freehand Sawing
While working with a table saw, the user should not attempt a freehand cut. You should use the fence or miter gauge in order to guide the stock. In this case, you either use the fence or the miter gauge instead of using both of them together. If you are unwilling to do this, the cutoff piece trapped by the blade may fly back towards you.
Never Reach Over a Moving Blade
The operator of the table saw should not reach over the blade and should not adjust the blade or make fence while the blade of the tool is whirling. If you want to do these kinds of jobs, then you have to wait until the blade has stopped moving.
Use Right Blade in the Saw
The blade of the saw must be right in size because the unfit blade has no capability of making good and accurate cuts. Moreover, the blade should be sharp enough. And chipped teeth, cracks, and any other defects of the blade are not acceptable.
Don’t Remove the Blade Guard
In a table saw, a blade guard is installed to offer you security, which is serving as a visual reminder to keep your fingers away from the saw blade. Though the front side of the blade is barely open, the blade guard blocks your fingers from the side and back of the saw. So don’t remove it.
Use a Push Stick
A push stick is usually used to pass within 6 inches sheet of the blade. This helps the operator to keep his fingers away from the blade.
Cut Safe Boards
You should only cut safe boards using a table saw. Every board is not the same. Some boards have a twist, some have wraps, and some have rough or irregular edges, others have knots. Some have all the above variations. But the table saw is made to cut flat boards. If the cut boards are not flat, the possibility of kickback and many other problems may increase.
Use Common Sense
You should use all of your senses when making any cuts with a table saw. You need to look very carefully where your hands and fingers are placed and also the position of the sheet that is used for being cut. If you hear any weird sound, stop the machine immediately. If you smell something burning, do not run the saw. So don’t stop using your common sense.
When you should not run a table saw
You should not run your table saw when you are feeling tired because it may cause errors or mistakes in your action. Besides, you should stay away from the saw after taking medication. Moreover, you should not run your table saw if you are not sure about making a cut.
Table saw safety tips would be helpful for you to make good cuts without being injured. But you need to learn more about a table saw before practically using it.