As with any power tool the operator should be well versed in its use and safety procedures before attempting to use it. The operator should begin by checking these points:
• Blade tightness
• Double check the location of the off switch (in case of emergency)
• Ensure the fence is set securely (if you are using a fence)
• Alignment of the miter slot to fence, blade to miter etc.
• The table area should be completely clear of all debris
• Anti-kick back devices have been installed properly
• Check the hood guard to ensure it is secure
• Blade height should be set so that the teeth are less than ¼ of an inch above the wood
• Push sticks and shoes are secure (this will help keep your figures safe)
• Proper clothing and safety gear should also be checked
Proper Clothing and Safety Gear
The operator needs to wear the proper eye protection/ glasses (In case of cutting materials that may shred or shard, a face shield should also be worn), as well as ear protection; such as ear plugs or ear phones.
Pay close attention to your sleeves or other loose hanging articles of clothing as they can be a safety hazard.
A Quick Note
Remember that safety should always come first when operating a piece of machinery both for the operator and those in the area. Better safe than sorry.
See Also: Table Saw Rip Fences