Choosing a Table Saw Blade Guard Choosing a Table Saw Blade Guard
When it comes to selecting a table saw blade guard, there are a few things to take into consideration.
First of all, cost is always a factor. The guards that come with a dust collector tend to cost a little more. However, having a dust free work area might be well worth the investment.
You also need to think about the size of the materials that you frequently work with. Some guards will only allow material of such and such dimensions, requiring you to remove the guard if you are attempting to cut something outside of range. When that is the case, you are going to want a guard that is easy to remove and reinstall. If you are using a guard that takes a long time to put back on, then the chances that you are actually going to do so when you are done are slim. And what is the point of having a guard that you aren’t actually going to use.
Finally, something else to consider is how well the guard will protect you from kickbacks and flying chips. It is not just important to have a guard that is going to protect your fingers from accidentally being separated from your body, but also keep objects from soaring at your delicate flesh.