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how many actually use a guard on a table saw

how many of you actually use a guard on a table saw. i dont on mine or my fathers. i think they are a pain in butt
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If I didn't, I wouldn't admit it. If I cut my finger off while running the saw without the guard, what would I say? Would I say it gets in the way and is dangerous?






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i know they are there for reason but the one on my father's is a pain to use and mine doesnt even have a guard
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There are quite a few aftermarket guards that look pretty good.
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There are 3 types of "guards"

Factory made, to be installed and used with the saw:

http://www.amazon.com/Ridgid-R4510-Heavy-Duty-Portable-Table/dp/B001W0ZI9K%3FSubscriptionId%3D0E1171MGH3JHHYC1T7G2%26tag%3Dws%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3DB001W0ZI9K

Aftermarket guards, like this:
Or this: http://www.amazon.com/HTC-10A-L-Brett-Guard-Table-Guard/dp/B0001LQW7S

Homemade guards that attach to the fence or cover the blade preventing access by hands or fingers. Like this combination dust collector guard which can be tilted or rotated to just above the blade.



Charles Neil has a simple box guard I'll try to find a pix of it.
It's in this video about 3:45 min in: http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=...71/FullQWi2ZwM


For the most part I do not use a factory guard, but I use a splitter in combination with the dust collector. There is a surprising amount of dust that comes off the front of the blade and spits at your face. This pretty much prevents that, but it obscures the blade during a cut. But I can rotate it up or down as I need. It works for me. bill

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I removed mine when I bought it.
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According to this thread 22.48% of members use a guard and the rest don't although some use a splitter or riving knife 77.52% don't use a guard. It's pretty much that on other polls on the net also. The lowest I seen was 66% didn't use a guard on another forum.
You think the manufactures are aware of that.
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I've always found the stock blade guards to be extremely cumbersome, and have tended not to use them. I've used a splitter or a riving knife pretty consistently though.

Recently I acquired a new BORK blade guard w/riving knife that I like and have been using it whenever feasible for the cuts I'm doing.


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Re: how many actually use a guard on a table saw

Hi, I'm new here I don't know if this is a local thread and I don't mean to be rude but I just closed my small shop and I'm selling a Jet table saw for $800 if anyone is interested.
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I have Biesemeyer overarm guards on both saws. The guards never come off. If I can't make a cut with the guard on the saw, I don't make the cut.

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table guard

that is the first thing i take off. Been doing wood working for plobly 50 or so yrs. Still have all 10 I have at least 5 saw's and the guard come's off. The guard get's in the way of most cutting. Now if i done most ripping the guard wouldn't be in the way. If it seam's like you don't want to do a cut than don't. Look for other way's to do it. my 2 cent's
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There are quite a few aftermarket guards that look pretty good.
my table saw was made in the 1940s i think it was my great great gnadfathers who used it to put wood paneling on ford woodies. i would like a new saw but can't afford one and also this saw has a 6in jointer attached to it too
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my table saw was made in the 1940s i think it was my great great gnadfathers who used it to put wood paneling on ford woodies. i would like a new saw but can't afford one and also this saw has a 6in jointer attached to it too
http://www.old-woodworking-tools.net...ter-combo.html A Delta from the late '50's. bill

Or this one? http://www.old-woodworking-tools.net...mbination.html

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have to admit, although i always recomend using one , i never do. ooooops
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back in the days of framing houses. a buddy and i were cutting plate. we use to wedge the guard on our skill saws because they always got in the way. well my buddy put the saw down on the deck ( on the wrong side ) and the saw ran accross the plywood deck and ran right up the inside of his leg. worst accident ive ever witnesed. i wrapped my belt around his thy and rad him to the hospital, i had to replace the seat there was so much blood. hi got 140 stitches inside and 140 stitches out side his leg. never again did i wedge the guard on my skill
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its like to the second but still not it, when i get to my house i will post a picture of. its a nice old saw and jointer
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back in the days of framing houses. a buddy and i were cutting plate. we use to wedge the guard on our skill saws because they always got in the way. well my buddy put the saw down on the deck ( on the wrong side ) and the saw ran accross the plywood deck and ran right up the inside of his leg. worst accident ive ever witnesed. i wrapped my belt around his thy and rad him to the hospital, i had to replace the seat there was so much blood. hi got 140 stitches inside and 140 stitches out side his leg. never again did i wedge the guard on my skill
i would never do anything to the guard on my craftsman saw
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have to admit, although i always recomend using one , i never do. ooooops

I'm guilty too, haven't used a guard since 7th grade wood shop.

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This is a good idea

http://www.tools-plus.com/general-wo...y-50-exbc.html Guard and dust collector, similar to Biesemeyer, but less $$$$.
http://www.amazon.com/Biesemeyer-78-960-T-Square-BladeGuard-50-Inch/dp/B0000226AK .... $370 vs $510...

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Whats a tables saw guard?? LOL

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