Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Dickinson, Tx. / Somerville, TX
I removed the blade guard on my first table saw because it was always in the way. Everytime I needed to make dado cuts or narrow cuts, I had to remove it and then reinstall it. One time I just got lazy about reinstalling it and I noticed the way, way better vision of what I was seeing and doing without the guard. After that, every table saw I have ever owned never had the blade guard installed.
I am a little nervous about someone else using it without the guard though. I usually just make their cuts myself.
Someone can misinterpret this as an excuse for not using it, but I personally feel safer without it. I NEED to see what I am doing.
Retired woodworker, amongst other things, Sold full time cruising boat and now full time cruising in RV. Currently in Somerville, Tx