Re: Response to DDIY Don't do it yourself and all DIY shows
I haven't taken a look at Tommy's table saw, but the lack of a guard doesn't necessarily equate to a lack of safety. If the saw is equipped with a riving knife behind the blade, that helps to reduce kickback. As for the guard itself protecting the user from the blade, I believe it only provides a false sense of security. If any part of your body is close enough to touch the guard, it's too close. It has no business being there. If your hand touches the guard while the saw is running, you are not using it properly. It is very easy to accidentally push your hand or a finger right under the guard.
Besides, that, the guard is consistently in the way and its presence often leads to more dangerous usage to compensate for the shortcomings of the guard. In the two years I've subscribed to Fine Woodworking magazine, I've never seen a blade guard in any photo, but every photo featuring a table saw demonstrates safe usage practices and proper eye protection.
The "Senior Member" designation under my name doesn't mean I know a lot, it just means I talk a lot.I've been a DIYer since I was 12 (thanks, Dad!). I have read several books on various home improvement topics. I do not have any current code books I can refer to. I was an apprentice plumber for two years.