How to Be Safe With a Table Saw

The choice of carpentry tools is really big, and it is possible to find the right tool almost in a day, whether it is a tool for professional use or a hobby tool. Life experience tells us that if you have a hand-held saw, drill, planer, and chisel on hand, you can already make something out of wood if needed. Most of these tools must be used in strictly controlled conditions to reduce the risk of unintended injury. Since this article is particularly focused on the table saw, we want to give you some tips to help you use this tool more safely.

Before we get started, if you do not have this machine and are considering a potential purchase, it would be nice to be first informed which table saw would best suit your needs. Given that the choice of this tool is very wide o  the market, you can always find the best table saw for the money. Accordingly, remember that it is crucial to know how to use a table saw.

But let us go back to our topic, we would like to provide you some tips on how to use a table saw carefully.

Tip # 1

Always keep your work area clean and tidy. Clutter and low light can very easily cause an accident. Never operate with the table saw in potentially explosive atmospheres, where are flammable liquids, gases, or dust, as this machine produces sparks that can ignite dust or fumes. Keep children and other people away (you want to be fully concentrated on the machine) while using saw blades because you may lose control of the device and cause you to lose your finger or your whole arm.

Tip # 2

Always wear personal protective equipment and safety goggles and do not use a table saw without it even for one minute. Wearing personal protective equipment such as dust masks, non-slip shoes, a helmet, or hearing protection, depending on the type and use of the power tool reduces the risk of injury.

Tip # 3

Don’t overestimate yourself. Provide yourself secure support and maintain balance at all times. This way, you can better control the table saw in unexpected situations. Always wear suitable clothing. Do not wear loose clothing or jewelry. Remove hair, clothing, and gloves from moving parts. Comfortable clothing, jewelry, or long hair can be affected by moving parts, more specifically, blades.

Tip # 4

Never overload table saws and use it for the intended material, never attempt to use it to cut material not intended for table saws. With proper table saws, you will work better and safer in the specified power interval. Also, do not use table saws if the plug is damaged. Power tools that cannot be turned on or off are dangerous and must be repaired. Disconnect the plug from the socket before adjusting the appliance, changing accessories, or disposing of the device. This precaution prevents the saw table from starting accidentally.

Tip # 5

You can press the locking button (spindle arrest) only while the engine is stationary. The saw blade must only be fastened by lateral pressing, and the blades must be well sharpened always. The movable protective cover (hood) must not be locked in the retracted position when you are cutting something. When cutting materials with strong dust formation, the machine must be cleaned regularly. Also, the movable cover (hood) must be freely movable and able to return to its final position independently, quickly, and precisely. Never use only one hand to operate with a table saw. While you are working, take care not to cut through the nails or the like. When blocking the saw blade, switch off the engine immediately. Do not attempt to cut small work items, and you must support the large work items always. Keep in mind that occupational dust is often hazardous to human health (eg, woodworking of oak and beech, stone or paint, which may contain lead or other harmful substances). Always wear dust masks.

Tip # 6

This may be implied, but we would like to emphasize that you should never put your hands under the workpiece. The hood cannot protect you from the saw blade below the workpiece. Make an effort to adjust the cutting depth to the thickness of the workpiece. We would like to indicate that you should always see less than one full height of teeth under the workpiece. Avoid holding a workpiece that you cut in your hand or across your feet, but secure it on a stable surface. The workpiece must be fastened securely to minimize contact with the body, jamming the saw blade or losing control.

Tip # 7

You must hold the machine on insulated handles when performing work where the cutting tool may come in contact with a concealed electrical installation or with its own cable. Connection with a voltage conduit puts all the metal parts on the appliance under-voltage and can lead to electric shock.

Tip # 8

Always use a stop or straight edge guide for longitudinal cutting. That improves cutting accuracy and reduces the possibility of the saw blade becoming stuck. The saw blades must be of the correct size and with a suitable mounting hole. Never use damaged or misplaced saw blades, or screws. The saw blade base plates and screws are specially designed for your saw, optimum performance, and safety.

Tip # 9

If you have never used a table saw, it would be best to educate yourself on every move and the following step before you start using it. It would be best to have someone who is an expert to help you. Always follow all tips and never let your fingers or hand come close to the blades. It would not be a bad idea to read in detail, if necessary more than once, the instructions for use that always come in the package when you buy a saw table. Be focused on what you do, and don’t let anything disturb you. Never keep this machine close to your children.


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