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Simple Guide to Table Saw Safety | Ask This Old House

In this video, This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shows host Kevin O’Connor the features and techniques required to stay safe when using a table saw.

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We meet host Kevin O’Connor and general contractor Tom Silva back at the shop to discuss table saw safety. Tom explains to Kevin that there are lots of injuries caused by table saws each year and then highlights some of the features and techniques that can help saw users stay safe.

Table saws cause lots of injuries each year. Very often, these injuries are caused by users removing or not using certain safety devices that are designed to keep them safe. Sometimes, it’s poor technique or positioning that’s to blame. General contractor Tom Silva explains what table saw users need to know to stay safe.

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Tom demonstrates necessary safety protocol when using a table saw. For the demonstration, he used a SawStop 15amp CTS Table Saw, which is manufactured by SawStop [].

Tom emphasizes wearing safety glasses [] to prevent sawdust from getting in eyes and hearing protection [] to prevent hearing loss damage from the volume of the saw.

Tom shares how a blade guard can act as a reminder to keep hands and fingers away from the blade and also protect a user in the case of kickback.

Tom then showcases how a brake cartridge can sense moisture near the blade, like the moisture on fingers, and drop the blade beneath the table into a brake.

Tom demonstrates how using a push stick [] helps to keep hands and fingers as far away from the blade as possible.

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