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Table saw safety! Blade guards?
Regarding Shop Safety, On my table saw I use a various assortment of board buddies, feather boards, magnetic feather boards, a splitter and at times vertical feather boards.
I have to say, I'll admit it, I rarely if ever use my blade guard. I have been in at least 6 different professional furniture shops, as a visitor, and I have never seen one installed. I have also been in a few cabinet shops and a few school shops, and again I have never seen the blade guard installed.
I have read hundreds of articles in woodworking magazines that show the tablesaw in operation. Always with the disclaimer, "Blade guard removed for visual clarity". I gut reaction is that this is a bunch of BS.
I realize I may be setting myself up for a tongue (text) lashing, as it were, but oh well.
I would totally understand if nobody wanted to reply to this... I't just a matter of curiosity.
On the other hand if some of you out there use the guard regularly and have developed methods of making it a little less cumbersome I would love to hear and see it.