Tablesaw Splitters and Blade Covers
A survey of retrofit safety devices that are convenient to use
Synopsis: Standard tablesaw guard systems fall short for Kelly Mehler, and he reviews three add-on splitters and six blade covers to see how convenient, affordable, durable, and useful they are. Mehler, who wrote a book on tablesaws, gives each splitter and blade cover a workout and shares his perspectives on how the guards rate.
Standard tablesaw guard systems in the United States are no good. There, somebody has said it. Nearly every woodworker knows this, but we all have to listen to the experts remind us in books, magazines and on television to use our guards. They have removed the guards on their tablesaws, they tell us, so we can better see the operations they are demonstrating. Nonsense. The reason why they and so many woodworkers discard standard guards is because they are inconvenient.
Underwriters Laboratory recommends that a splitter, antikickback fingers and a blade cover be included on every…