MUST WATCH! How table saw kickback injuries occur, and how to STOP them!
MUST WATCH! How table saw kickback injuries occur, and how to STOP them!
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OK, I am officially not going to start woodworking for a hobby! Freakin’ scary scenarios there! LOL! This dude knows it all!! Thank you for this excellent video!! I love it!
Geez, I´m just getting started and am planning out my tools and shop and now I´m thinking about taking up knitting instead.
What would cause the wood to get stuck in the antikickback feature? Once the stock hits that point, it will not go forward any more. Any idea why?
After 4 months on surfing YouTube i saw something useful and liked it….
I like the grizzly board buddy also JessEm anti kickback can also work with the fence system and especially with radial arm saws
Oh thank you. I’ve done this pushing the board past the blade. I’ve never heard of a writhing knife. My family on my dad’s side are all carpenters too wtf!!! My great grandfather was killed in a kickback lumber saw accident. Hit by a tree basically.
Your Could just Buy a Jessem Clear-Cut TS kit for your table saw. That’s def the safest tool on the market for kickback
I still nave a scar 4 years later from making that cross cut mistake with the miter Guage on. Had a square of Baltic birch 3/4"`× 3/4" x about 6 inches long. After a bunch of cuts that were blowing out on the miter saw, got frustrated and wasn’t thinking. It slung if back like it was shot out of a gun. I thought it had gutted me when it slammed into my lower stomach. I didn’t want to look as it figured I’d see my insides on the outside. To be clear, I’m no novice table saw operator, or for that matter any poweer tool for woodworking. You get frustrated trying to get something done and it can get bad.
Great Video – ty sir from SE Texas Bear
I’ve started using a very old table saw. These were great tips. Especially the homemade push block.
My introduction to kickback: I was new to woodworking and was cutting a large-ish glued pine panel at the shop where my friend worked. The blade got bound up, and the panel kicked straight back into my gut with such force that it knocked the wind out of me. No permanent damage, but it was a real eye opener to the fact that I needed to better learn what I was doing.
The knife/splitter on my saw has a slot where I can install a little cleat type thing that digs into the workpiece if it kicks back, pinning it to the table long enough for me to hit the Killswitch. Never had it engage a piece, but it’s nice to know it’s there.
Thank you for this info, Im just beginning and never have had anyone to show me the safety ins and outs, I now have a lot more knowledge and will put the back curf /back steel piece back on tomorrow, I thought it was just annoying and used to keep the dust extractor in place. Im luck not to have lost any fingers, I do use the push stick all the time and the tip on using a bigger piece of wood makes a lot more sense. I have a lot of experience with tools and so I thought I knew it all, turns out im quite Naive after all…. Cheers
Great vid and I’ve learnt a great deal from that.
everyone that owns a table saw should watch this or something similar. Thanks for putting this out there!
You saved me at 5min in, don’t crosscut with the fence up to the work. I would 100% have believed to be safe.
Old vid still does it’s job
tablesaws are absurdly dangerous, especially in a non-professional context. As someone with very little woodworking experience, I don’t plan to ever use one without supervision, a bit more education on proper use, and knowing there’s all reasonable safety modifications installed.
Thank thanks thank you very much ive never seen a acsedent zero awareness what a kind thankyou slap on the face by you righteously stepping up to adjust the safety zone for our flesh and fur thanks for sharing.peace to you forever.
Thank u now I won’t have Stumpy Nubs
If during cutting on table saw your workpiece stalls or you feel strong sudden resistance when pushing it, IMMEDIATELY stop pushing and very carefully pull back workpiece a few millimeters; determine the cause of resistance. Sudden resistance during cutting is often immediate precursor of kickback.
That is yet another reason not to rush or to push too much, in order to sense the problem. However, this feeling is NOT the replacement for recognizing the potential danger in advance and circumvent it.
Holy shit, I feel like I’ve made at least half of these mistakes and use a really really old table that my dad got used. So no safety features on that thing. I feel really lucky to have never been injured after so many years using it. 😬thanks for the video!! I’m buying a new table saw today.
Ohh 😯 thanks man
Super helpful tips! I experienced a miter saw kick back, caused by piled off cuts.
After taking a block to the gut, and counting myself lucky that it wasn’t my neck or face, I no longer have a table saw in my shop! I have found many work-arounds or just abandoned certain types of joints and things.
Great video; I have a question about a kickback incident and hope you or one of your viewers can enlighten me about my mistake: I’m 64 and not a woodworker, but I have a couple power tools in my garage and have used them successfully without incidence for a long time…..until about a year ago. I was using my radial arm saw to make a (combination?) angle cut. That is; I had the saw tilted to the right about 45° give or take; and mitered to the right about the same. I think I was cutting through a 1"thick piece that was no more than 8" wide. I pulled the saw about half way through the cut and there was an explosion of force that pulled the workpiece through the hardwood fence breaking the fence and the workpiece and once I got the saw stopped I could see the blade had bent as well. The violence of the incident had my heart pounding! My hand must have gotten hit by some of the flying pieces because it felt like some one smacked it with a baseball bat. Fortunately I had all my body parts intact with a small blunt force impact cut on my hand. I was done with woodworking for the day and had a new respect for the power of that saw. The thing is; I’m still not clear what I did wrong. As far as I know; a radial arm saw is designed to make the type of cut I was attempting. It’s not a cut I’ve needed to make very often as a casual DIYer, but I have made cuts like that in the past with no issues. Any thoughts from those with more experience?
Lost two thirds of a finger recently from wood getting hung up in the blade, definitely going to apply these tips👍
Should have watched this 4 wks ago kickback almost cut my thumb off
My boss had a major kick back because there was no riving knife behind the blade ( and no crown guard ). It completely knocked the wind out of him, I got to say told you so.
Good video. Can I ask why don’t table saws rotate the other way – so any ‘kickback’ would go away from you? I guess there’s a ‘risk’ of the saw trying to pull or lift the wood as you push it, but that might be more manageable than a kickback?
Kevlar and helmet.
I always use a feather board as well. While this only grabs the wood ahead of the blade (because it could cause pinching at the rear), it makes a big difference.
What is your opinion of feather boards?
What if you stand on the other side and pull the wood piece towards you? Noob question
This is a great video but for what it’s worth every kick back I’ve seen launches back and to the left of the blade so standing off to the side like that would actually be directly in it’s path. The most ideal situation would be to stand on the other side of the fence from the blade. Left handed people have an advantage there.
I’m always curious why there isn’t a wheel on the guide to press down on the wood
Thank you so much for this video
I like the push block. Easy peasy to make.
I don’t even own a tablesaw but I’m taking notes just in case.
Very useful, thank you.
Wow, thanks for the tip, I am glad I came across your video as I was panning to buy one. Now I’m your new subbie!
Excellent advice… very well presented. Thank you.
I have been using 2×6 material about 12” long as you describe. Gives me more comfort than those plastic push sticks.
Thank you for sharing this very important safety tips.
I love working with wood, always have. Every now and then I watch a few videos for new ideas etc and always end up watching a few safety vids like this one. I watched this one because you mentioned it on the previous video. That first near-miss had me cringing at what could have happened. Ooooh, Ooow. It serves as a refresher of the dangers and reminders of how dangerous any tool could be if not treated with respect. As a Husband and Wife team my wife really doesn’t like power tools and gets nervous. I tell her that that’s a fairly good thing to feel, because it makes you do things safely !!!! She’s quite happy with the tile saw and okay it’s not as catastrophic as a Rip Saw, but the discipline is still the same !!
You may have saved someone from a very bad day.thanks!
Superb tutorial. (James, you are very good at communicating this and all.) THANK YOU.
I’d heard of kickback on a table saw but had no idea exactly how dangerous it could be or what caused it.
I ordered my first saw today and I am very glad I spent 8 minutes of my life watching this.
Thank you James for a well put together and informative video.
I’m brand new to table saws…bought one the other day and wanted to review Youtube for safety tips before using it. You present VERY clear and logical information and I salute you with all my ten fingers.
I’m about to embark on my first extensive use of a table saw, loved your video (as did my wife, though it scared the hell out of her), but there are two places in the video that appear to be at odds: at minute 4:30 and 7:10 … each has a piece of board being removed between the fence and the blade, but at 4:10 this is described as a problem, but at 7:10 it is not. What’s the difference?
Thanks for the tips on avoiding kickback. I have a 2" long scar between my eyebrows from a workshop injury sustained a few years ago when a lump of timber became airborne and split my head open. I was using a very old table saw at the time but have since upgraded to a larger bed saw etc. I still dread this type of incident ever happening again.