Sliding table on a Left-tilt table saw
Hi all, I just bought a Powermatic 66 left-tilt table saw, and a Laguna sliding table. Having spent a fair time reading reviews (and saving up the $$$$) I made the purchase convinced that I got a quality combination for my size workshop (18x20ft), budget (mid-level), and prediliction for nice tools. I decided to go for the Powermatic because of numerous comments re. its quality, and the Laguna because of its smaller size but heavyweight quality. Only after spending the money, however, did I read a passage in Kelly Mehler’s Table Saw book stating that one shouldn’t use a left-tilt table saw with a sliding table. I believe this mostly relates to trapping the workpiece under the blade during bevel cuts.
The same saw is sold with other sliding tables (Excalibur), so I didn’t even think about it until seeing Mehler’s caution. Any comments? Am I right regarding the problem being limited to bevel cuts? Does anyone out there have a table + left tilt combination? Other than simply using the fence and extension table are there any work-arounds? How much of a safety issue is it?