Table saws are very common on most job sites where pieces of lumber need to be cut to size. Like any other power tool, a table saw can be very dangerous if not used correctly. Before you use any tool, you should make sure that you keep safety in mind. It’s easy to use a table saw, and it can make you much more productive. Just be sure to keep these safety tips in mind.
Read the Manual
If you’re using a new tool, it’s always smart to take a few minutes to read the manual. As every table saw has different features, you need to be familiar with them before you use them. There’s no better way to get familiar with these features than by reading the owner’s manual. The few minutes that you put into this simple task can save you a lot of time, and keep you safe on the job.
You have to use the right protection when you cut with a table saw. Be sure to wear eye protection and gloves when you are cutting. Make sure that you also avoid wearing any loose, flowing clothes or dangling jewelry.
Where to Stand
When you cut with a table saw, you should always stand to the side. It’s easier than you might think for wood to kick back while you are cutting, and that can cause an injury. By standing to the side, you’ll keep your body clear of any potential kick backs.
As you feed wood into the saw, avoid the temptation to push or force the wood through. Instead, use gentle pressure to guide the wood through. This will help to keep your hands protected, and it will keep your cut accurate and true.
Every table saw has blade guards, so you should use them. These guards are in place for a reason, so make sure that you don’t overlook this important safety feature. Of course, if you read and follow the documentation (like we suggested in the first tip) you’ll already be doing this anyway.
Engage the Blade
Before you ever put the blade to the wood, make sure that you start the blade spinning. This will keep the blade from getting locked up and will minimize kick backs.
Stop the Blade
When you are done cutting, make sure that the blade has come to a complete stop before you ever remove it from the wood. This will keep your fingers safe from potential cuts.
A sharp blade is a safer blade. Make sure that you always use sharp blades to cut cleanly and accurately. Dull blades account for more injuries than sharp ones, so keep sharp blades on hand during every project.
Keep these tips in mind and you’ll be using your table saw safely. Remember that accidents happen when you’re not paying attention, so make these tips part of your regular routine when you use your table saw.