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Using a multi blade rip saw can be dangerous if proper safety precautions are not taken.

Here are some important safety precautions to keep in mind when using a multi blade rip saw:

  • Wear proper PPE – This includes safety glasses, hearing protection, close-fitting clothes, gloves, and steel-toed boots.
  • Check blade guards – Make sure all guards are in place and properly adjusted before making cuts. The blades should be fully covered.
  • Use blade wrenches – Use the specific wrench designed for that saw when changing blades.
  • Follow safe operating procedures – Don’t freehand cut or stand directly behind the saw. Use hold downs and fences properly.
  • Make sure blades are sharp, clean and tightly mounted – Damaged, dull or loose blades can lead to injury or kickback.
  • Support large boards – Long boards need adequate support on the outfeed side to prevent movement.
  • Pay attention to kickback zones – Be extremely cautious of the back edges of the saw near the outfeed.
  • Turn off power before clearing jams – Don’t reach into an operating saw. Turn it off completely first.
  • Limit exposure to one blade at a time – Only raise blades just above the height necessary for the cut.
  • Stay alert – Never operate when tired or impaired. Keep hands away from moving parts.
  • Learn saw capabilities – Don’t overtax blade capacity to avoid kickback and stalling.

Following the manufacturer’s safety instructions and taking precautions seriously will help reduce risk of injury when using a multi blade rip saw.

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