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SAFE SAWING PRACTICES
Circular saws, reciprocating saws and band
saws all have one thing in common, a sharp blade!! The following are a few ideas
that will help you prevent a serious injury.
All saws, whether they are portable or
stationary, need to have blades replaced regularly. Make sure the power source
is disconnected before changing the blades. This is especially true for table
saws that have a 240 volt power supply. The push button station triggers a
relay, which in turn starts the motor. Relays have been known to go bad.
Disconnect the main power source and lock it out every time you perform any
maintenance on a saw, especially changing the blade.
Always use a sharp blade! Sharp blades cut
better and they require less force, which avoids putting body parts in harms
Avoid cutting wet wood whenever possible. Wet
wood has a tendency to warp as you cut it. Pinching the blade can cause a kick
back. If you have to rip wet wood with a skill saw, place a wedge in the kerf to
prevent a binding situation. Use spreaders and kick back dogs when performing
ripping operations with table saws, especially if the wood is damp.
Keep the guards in place!! Skill saws equipped
with a proper guard during a kick back will still travel approximately a foot
backwards before the guard is closed. Never place your hands or body parts
behind a skill saw in use!! Not all guards for table saws are created equal. The
types that are suspended over the table are much easier to work and least likely
to interfere with operations.
Keep table saw tops clean and waxed. This
helps to run your work through smoothly. Never use a miter gauge at the same
time you are using a rip fence. The margin for error is too slim and any binding
will cause a kick back.
When making a very narrow cut with a table
saw, put the fence on the other side of the blade. This will avoid a binding
situation and give you more room to work. If you must make multiple narrow cuts,
make a jig that you can push through the saw blade and use feather edges to hold
Wedging guards on skill saws is a real bad
idea. Using sharp blades, ensuring the guard is working properly, adjusting the
depth of cut, and securing the work are much safer methods of operation.
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