Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Dickinson, Tx. / Somerville, TX
I have been using push shoes for 50 years and they are incredibly safe. It's what I do with my scrap plywood. If you have plenty of heel left on a push shoe, and you are making a 1/2" cut on a 3/4" shoe, just let the blade cut through the shoe, assuming of course the blade is low. Also note that I have had 2 kickbacks over the years and the shoe goes flying and actusll pushes your hand out of the way. The push shoes I also think are dangerous are the ones posted above where you put your hand completely around the shoe. For one thing, you have raised the center of gravity and force and are more likely to inadvertently tilt the shoe and get a kickback and doing this with your hand wrapped around the stick can get hairy. But the ones with handles sure do look cooler.
Retired woodworker, amongst other things, Sold full time cruising boat and now full time cruising in RV. Currently in Somerville, Tx