Category:Panel Saws

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Panel Saws

A tool species is a logical grouping of tools based on similarity of function, use, and safety.

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This document is an internal Artisan's Asylum training document and is provided "as is", to be used as a reference only. Use of this document for any purposes other than as reference material (i.e., for the purposes of training and testing users on tools or equipment by other commercial entities or individuals) is not advised. In no event shall the authors of this material, or Artisan's Asylum, Inc., be liable for any claim, damages, or other liability whether in action or contract, arising from, out of, or in connection with the use of the information in this document for training, testing, or on-going safe use of fabrication equipment. Please consult your own lawyers and subject matter experts if you are looking to develop your own safety curriculum for fabrication equipment operation. Tool operators are responsible for their own safety, including reading and understanding the owners manual for this equipment and all of the warnings it contains.


Personal Protective Equipment

  • Standard shop personal protective equipment (safety glasses, no long hair, no flowing clothes, etc.) are required
  • ABSOLUTELY NO gloves, rings, bracelets, or other items on your hands or fingers, as these may get sucked into the blade

Safe Operation

  • When cutting downward, use your left hand to stabilize the piece, and your right hand to bring down the saw. Use your entire body weight.
  • There must be at least two red rollers engaged on both sides of the saw to qualify the piece as big enough
  • The cut finishes when you pass the saw to the bottom of the piece to stop kickback
  • The green tape indicates the approximate location of the blade
  • When rotating the cutting head, make sure the indexing pins are locked in place
  • Observe the "Feed Stock" arrow on the saw to determine direction of cut. Cutting the other way can result in severe kickback
  • Ensure no teeth are engaged when the saw is turned on
  • When ripping, having two people maybe prove safer
  • On horizontal cuts, lift the material away from the blade. This prevents the kerf closing and pinching the blade, and the material falling onto the blade as the cut completes and taking an extra bite out.

Post Operation

  • Return saw to vertical orientation and lock at the top of rails
  • Clean

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