The problem is that even the pros get it wrong - and they're supposed to be trained! It's nice to meet a hobbyist woodworker who has done some machine training - sadly it is all too rare to do soPhilly":zgxs6c3f said:I agree that most woodworking beginners are untrained and innocent in the ways of safety. But there are woodworkers who are only hobbyists, but quite serious in their pursuits. I agree with you that safety should be paramount.
The Xcalibur I've seen was certainly sturdy - but whilst it's no sophisticate it isn't crude either.I am interested in the saw because of its sturdy simple construction.
Yes, and no..... if you've never read a proper text on the subject of wood machining or better still undertaken professional training, how can you possibly judge what the dangers are? We are talking about the one machine responsible for more amputations than any other in the workshop and that alone should indicate that we all need to err on the side of caution. Surely you wouldn't dream of jumping aboard a high-powered motorcycle without some form of instruction first - both on how to ride and road safety, so why are woodworking machines so different in many people's minds?As regards Dado's, yes there are dangers and the H+S people have stiffened up reg's as relate to the workplace. But it is nice to have the choice, isn't it..... Common sense and a healthy respect for your tools is more important than being "nannyied" on what tools are safe or not.
Anyone teaching City & Guilds in the UK would be horrified by the Norm and his working practices..... Whilst he hasn't lost any fingers to date, there are many woodworkers (professional and amateur) who have. And in any case I reckon Norm can regrow them like lizards can do with their tails :lol:And how many fingers has Norm lost in his proffesional career? Maybe it's down to working practises?
YesSorry to spout on so long, dado's certainly get a response don't they?
Me too, but before I do let me point any readers to an excellent Australian site with some good information on using woodworking machinery http://www.safetyline.wa.gov.au/pagebin/guidothr0001.htm. Makes a change from the HSE in the UK and is (in some places) entertaining. EnjoyI think I better sit down and have a cup of tea now.....
Philly":3hchutvo said:Spoke to the nice man at Woodford regarding their lovelly new Unisaw copies- The Arbor is CE approved non-dado short, BUT, they can supply an extension to use a dado head, a la Norm.
The biggest single objection must be that there are very few saws out there with the necessary top-supported crown guard to safely guard the cutter set from above.Midnight":1stc50vr said:OK..... call me a trouble maker if you like... but I'm gonna play Devil's advocate here..
Exactly what IS the prob re a stack head dado cutter??