Learning Power Tools

Safe use of table saws

  • Permit only trained and experienced workers to operate a saw.
  • Wear proper eye and hearing protection, and when required, respiratory protection.
  • Refer to and follow the table saw manufacturer’s instructions for reducing the risk of kickback.
  • Make sure the guard is in place and working rrectly.
  • Choose the proper saw blade for the type of work being done.
  • Keep saw blades clean, sharp, and properly set so they will cut freely without being forced.

  • Keep the work area clean. Operate the table saw in a non-congested, well-lighted area.
  • Feed material into the saw blade counter to the direction of rotation.
  • During cutting, keep hands out of the line of the saw cut.
  • Use the saw blade guard with a spreader and anti-kickback fingers for ripping or cross cutting operations.
  • Keep your body to the side of the saw blade out of the line of a possible kickback.
  • Use a push stick when ripping narrow stock.
  • When changing the saw blade
    1. Stop the machine.
    2. Disconnect the power supply.
    3. Place the plug end of the cord on top of the saw table.
    4. Replace the saw blade.
  • Do not perform free-hand sawing. The stock must be held firmly against the mitre gauge or rip fence to position and guide the cut.
  • Do not reach around or over a moving saw blade.
  • Do not leave the table saw unattended while the saw blade is in motion.

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