Table Saws

Woodworking can be DANGEROUS if safe and proper operating procedures are not followed. As with all machinery, there are certain hazards involved with the operation of the product. Using the machine with respect and caution will considerably lessen the possibility of personal injury. However, if normal safety precautions are overlooked or ignored, personal injury to the operator may result. Safety equipment such guard, push sticks, hold-downs. Featherboards, goggles, dust masks and hearing protection can reduce your potential for injury. But even the best guard won’t make up for poor judgment, carelessness or inattention. Always use common sense and exercise caution in the workplace. If a procedure feels dangerous, don’t try it. Figure cut an alternative procedure that feels safer. REMEMBER: Your personal safety is your responsibility. Table saws are designed for certain applications only. Do not modify or use this machine for any application other than those for which it was designed. If you have any questions relative to an application, do not use this table saw until you have first contacted your supervisor or the manufacturer and determined if this machine is appropriate to your task.


  1. FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY, READ THE INSTRUCTION MANUAL BEFORE OPERATING. Learn the correct application and limitations as well as any specific potential hazards of your table saw.
  2. KEEP GUARDS IN PLACE and in working order.
  4. GROUND ALL TOOLS. If a tool is equipped with a three-prong plug, it should be plugged into a three-hole electrical receptacle, if an adapter is used to accommodate a two- prong receptacle, the adapter lug must be attached to a known ground. Never remove the third prong.
  5. REMOVE ADJUSTING KEYS AND WRENCHES. Form the habit of checking to see that keys and adjusting wrenches are removed from this table saw before turning it “on.”
  6. KEEP YOUR WORK AREA CLEAN. Cluttered areas and benches invite accidents.
  7. DON’T USE IN DANGEROUS ENVIRONMENT. Don’t use power tools in damp or wet
  8. locations, or expose them to rain. Keep work area well-lighted.
  9. KEEP EMPLOYEES AND VISITORS AWAY. All fellow employees and visitors should be
  10. kept a safe distance from work area.
  11. MAKE WORKAREA FOOLPROOF — with padlocks, master switches, lock out tag out, or by removing starter keys.
  12. DON’T FORCE A TABLESAW. It will do the job better and be safer at the rate for which it was designed.
  13. WEAR PROPER APPAREL. Do not wear loose clothing, gloves, rings, bracelets, or other jewelry that may bet get caught in moving parts of the table saw. Non-slip footwear is recommended. Wear protective hair covering to keep hair from becoming entangled.


  1. WARNING: DO not operate your saw until it is completely assembled and installed according to the instructions.
  2. IF YOU ARE NOT thoroughly familiar with the operation of circular saws, seek advice from your supervisor, knowledgeable employee, or other qualified person.
  3. ALWAYS use guard, splitter and anti-kickback device on all “thru-sawing” operations. Thru- sawing operations are those when the blade cuts completely through the work-piece as in ripping or cross-cutting.
  4. ALWAYS hold the work firmly against the miter gage or fence.
  5. NEVER use the fence as a cut-off gage when cross-cutting.
  6. MOVE the rip fence out of the way when cross-cutting.
  7. NEVER perform any operation “free-hand” which means using your hands to support or guide the work-piece. Always use either the fence or miter gage to position and guide the work.
  8. ALWAYS use a push stick for ripping narrow stock. Refer to ripping applications in the manufacturer’s instruction manual where the use of a push stick is covered in detail.
  9. AVOID kickbacks (work thrown back toward you) by:
    1. Keeping blade sharp.
    2. Keeping rip fence parallel to the saw blade.
    3. Keeping splitter and anti-kickback device and guard in place and operating.
    4. Not releasing the work before it is pushed all the way past the saw blade.
    5. Not ripping work that is twisted or warped or does not have a straightedge to guide along the fence.
  10. AVOID awkward operations and hand positions where a sudden slip could cause your hand to move into the cutting tool.
  11. ALWAYS keep hands and fingers away from the blade.
  12. NEVER stand or have any part of your body in line with the path of the saw blade,
  13. NEVER reach behind or over the cutting tool with either hand for any reason,
  14. DIRECTION OF FEED. Feed work into blade or cutter against the direction of the rotation of the blade or cutter only.
  15. DO NOT feed the material too fast while cutting. Feed the material only fast enough so that the blade will cut.
  16. NEVER attempt to free a stalled saw blade without first turning the saw “OFF.”
  17. NEVER start the saw with the work-piece pressed against the blade.
  18. NEVER turn the saw “ON” before clearing the table of all objects (tools, scraps of wood, etc.).
  19. ALWAYS STOP the saw before removing scrap pieces from the table.
  20. NEVER perform layout, assembly or set-up work on the table while the saw is operating.
  21. PROVIDE adequate support to the rear and sides of the saw table for wide or long work- pieces.
  22. WHEN cutting moldings, NEVER run the stock between the fence and the molding cutter head.
  23. NEVER use solvents to clean plastic parts. Solvents could possibly dissolve or otherwise damage the material. Only a soft damp cloth should be used to clean plastic parts.
  24. SHOULD any part of your circular saw be missing, damaged, or fail in any way, or any electrical components fail to perform properly, shut off switch and remove plug from power supply outlet. Report or tag the machine with the problem. Ensure that missing, damaged or failed parts are present and in good working order before resuming operation.
  25. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION regarding the safe and proper operation of this product is available from the Safety Pass Center; the WB Department of Safety and Environmental Affairs; the National Safety Council, the manufacturer and your supervisor.