More than any tool in the wood shop, the tablesaw generates the most heated discussions surrounding safety. Part of that could certainly be attributed to the whole SawStop/legislation situation. But one thing we all must admit is that the tablesaw is potentially one of the most dangerous tools in the shop. Anyone who has experienced a kickback knows that when things go wrong at the tablesaw, they go wrong in a very big way! So it’s very important to use the proper gear like push sticks, featherboards, splitters/riving knives, and blade guards.
I own several safety devices for my tablesaw and I use them in various combinations depending on the task at hand. Nearly every cut is done using the riving knife. I try to use my blade guard as much as possible too but I must admit to forgetting on occasion. And I very rarely send a piece through the saw with my bare hands. Push sticks help to keep my hands at least 8-12″ away from the blade at all times.
This poll was created by Tom Iovino of TomsWorkbench.com.