Chop Saw Safety
Chop Saw Safety
- For operation of the chop saw, a full face shield and safety glasses are required. Operators should always wear safety glasses under a full face sheild.
- Gloves, loose clothing, jewelry, or any dangling objects including long hair should not be worn as they may catch in the rotating parts of the saw.
- All guards must be in place and operating. If a guard seems slow to return to its normal position or hangs up, adjust it or repair it immediately. Unplug or lockout power when making repairs.
- Hands and fingers must be kept clear of the path in which the blade travels.
- Clean the lower guard frequently to help visibility and movement. Unplug before adjusting or cleaning.
- Use only the recommended RPM and sizes of blades.
- Regularly check and tighten the blade and the blade-attachment mechanism.
- Prior to installing or changing a blade, be sure to lockout or unplug equipment. Ensure that the blade and its related washers and fasteners are correctly positioned and secured on the saw's arbor.
- To avoid losing control or placing hands in the blade path, hold or clamp all material securely against the fence when cutting. Do not perform operations freehand.
- Never re-cut small pieces. Long material should be supported at the same height as the saw table.
- Never place hands or fingers in the path of the blade or reach in back of the fence.
- Use the brake if one is provided. To avoid contact with a coasting blade, do not reach into the cutting area until the blade comes to a full stop.
- After completing a cut, release the trigger switch and allow the blade to come to a complete stop, then raise the blade from the workpiece. If the blade stays in the cutting area after the cutting is complete, injury can result from accidental contact.