Lowering your Table Saw Blade

Blackie
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I have a couple questions on lowering your table saw blade.

1. How many of you lower your table saw blade beneath the table once you’re done working with it?

2. What is your reason for lowering the blade?

This week I was working on a box, after putting the spline jig which glides alone over the top of the fence, I forgot to lower and set the blade depth first, that was a step that I missed, once I placed the jig on the table it hid the blade from me, the blade was set high enough to cut 1" thick stock so the teeth were higher roughly 1 1/2" high so you can imagine what happened once I pushed the box through the blade, once I realized it was too late, so now I have my reason for making sure the blade is lowered after each use.

Randy - If I'm not on the computer than I'm out making sawdust.

I do not. If I have a mishap like yours, it would happen whether the blade has been lowered or not….there is no end to the mistakes I can make.

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I do only because with the Shop Smith Mark V I lower the blade when using the band saw. I don’t like a free access blade rotating. With my machine the table is lowered not the blade. I have to raise the table to hide the blade.

Jamesw

I lower it, the reason i do is some times i need to place things on top and dont want to bump the blade. After your mishap i found another reason to do so.

1. Always
2. Protection — for you AND for the blade.

HorizontalMike

I do most of the time. Cause blades are expensive. And if I’m being lazy, I at least slide the fence over next to the blade. So I don’t bump it. ? safety first. ?

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I do every time , since my saw is lined up with my work bench it often becomes part of the bench . I don’t want to damage the blade or my project .

Wheaties

All of the above plus one more reason. I wired an outlet into my saw cabinet that has my shop vac plugged into it. Sometimes I use the vacuum without the saw so I unplug the saw motor. I got into the habit of lowering the blade after every use because once in a blue moon I’ll forget to unplug the saw motor and my saw table does double duty as assembly bench, etc. So that spinning blade is a scary proposition if the table is loaded up with stuff. And yeah, safety first, last and everything between.

Losing fingers since 1969

I lower my blade after every use. I also unplug my saw after every use. I’d like to say it is because of my acute safety sense, or some sense of self-preservation, but in reality it is because I use the top of my saw as a work surface because it is my only true flat surface. I put a piece of plywood on top and use it as an assembly/work area. My shop is 15X30, and I can’t leave the saw in the middle of the room, so I have to move it out of the way after use. So I do those things for practical reasons other than safety.

I’ll be sure to have my blade lowered from now on.

Randy - If I'm not on the computer than I'm out making sawdust.

Depends on if I’m working on the table saw top or not ,I’d say 75% of the Time I lower it.

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