Safety tips for table saw use
A table saw is a machine designed to cut materials by manually advancing the piece to the blade. It consists of a circular saw blade (cutting disc) and a horizontal table that are fixed during the cutting operation. This sheet is valid for table saws driven by an electric motor. This article only goes over the some safety tips that the operator of the saw must follow in order to use it safely. This article does not replace the manufacturer’s instruction manual. The rules contained are of a general nature, so some recommendations may not apply to a specific model.
This article is intended for operators of rented products, so neither the general risks existing in a workplace nor the risks arising from the operations of transport or maintenance of the saw are contemplated. If it is connected to a generating set, this must be read together with the group. It must only be used for the purpose for which it was intended and always by authorized and trained personnel for its use. The operator must familiarize himself with the operation of the saw before using it for the first time.
You should know the function and sense of operation of each control, how to quickly stop the engine, the possibilities and limitations of the machine, the space required to maneuver and the location of the safety devices. Pay particular attention to all the information and warning plates on the table saw. Maintenance, repair or modification of the saw may only be carried out by specialized personnel belonging to the manufacturer. Do not use the saw when an abnormality is detected during daily inspection or during use. In such case, turn it off and immediately notify the technical service of the manufacturer.
-Keep the cutting table environment as clean and dry as possible while working with the saw.
-Keep the space around the table saw free of obstacles.
-Do not place it near the edges of structures, slopes or cuts of the ground, unless they have effective collective protections.
-Do not place the saw under areas of circulation of suspended loads or in areas of passage of vehicles.
-If necessary, place the appropriate guards in respect of the area where pedestrians, workers or vehicles are present.
-Do not store flammable material in the vicinity of the engine.
Before connecting it to the electricity, check that the voltage and frequency match those indicated on the nameplate.
-Protect the power cord when driving through work areas or vehicles. Keep the cable as high as possible.
-Do not use the saw outdoors in adverse climatic conditions (rain, snow, high wind speed, etc.).
-Wear work clothes with adjustable cuffs. It is not advisable to wear hangers, chains, loose clothing, etc.
-Check that the pusher and longitudinal and transverse guides are available and that they are in good condition. Periodically check that the chip removal slit of the lower guard is not obstructed.
At the end of the day, store the table saw in a safe place where it can not be used by unauthorized personnel. Do not leave it suspended from the hook of a crane during periods of inactivity
The cleaning of the saw must be carried out with the motor stopped and the power cord disconnected. Never use water under pressure, use damp cloths. Use gloves and hooks to remove larger chips or clippings.
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