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pit 4 brains

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You can hold the guard up by pinching it open with your thumb and fingers, two hands on the saw, pretty tough to cut yourself
Or the wood you are holding with your left hand. I am not gonna start an argument here, [I grew up in a framing business family] when you are cutting bridge blocks and rafter / truss tails, that saw is in one hand.
I was nursed on the left handed worm drive Skillsaw. I see the blade and the weight of the saw does the work.
 

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. I am not gonna start an argument here, [I grew up in a framing business family] when you are cutting bridge blocks and rafter / truss tails, that saw is in one hand.
I will, you aren't a real journeyman carpenter, more of a specialist. I grew up in a old country Italian union family, worked jobs from batter boards to door bumpers. Was a state licensed general contractor by the time I turned 30 years of age, did most of my own plumbing and paint/texture work. You sound like a guy that never served a proper apprenticeship and wouldn't know the difference between a plinth block, birds-mouth, and your lunch, just another poorly trained scab. A union journeyman carpenter has spent four years of going to class twice a week for four hours a night on top of working 2000 hours a year. There's a reason we get a pension at the end of the line, the body is shot from all the hard labor, and the aches and pain are worn like a badge of honor. RAY
 

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you aren't a real journeyman carpenter
You're right. I was a craftsman.
I obtained my FAA A&P licence in 2004.
Instead of playing with building blocks, I put my signature in hundreds of aircraft logbooks certifying that they were airworthy and all the souls aboard were safe..
 

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One minute you're the rafter tail expert and all of a sudden you are an air frame mechanic . I grew up building balsa wood airplanes powered by a rubber band. Didn't have a thing to do with learning the proper use of a skilsaw. This is an argument you can't win, you are endorsing the unsafe use of dangerous power tool equipment. Do that on any commercial construction project and you'd be fired on the spot.
 
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Back in high school our shop teacher was missing 2-3 fingers lol . always had a lot of respect for saws of any type
 
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One minute you're the rafter tail expert and all of a sudden you are an air frame mechanic
Yup.
I still have my speed square.
I also was a radio repairman in the USMC. Down to the component if I may. Ask google how many channels there are between 225 and 399.975 MHz with 25 KHz spacing.
Certified welder
Spent 18 years maintaining KC-135R aircraft.
Did some time with Part 121 aircraft.
Just left aircraft maintenance after my heart attack.
Got a LADA stent in place and now I'm back to work on the ramp.

Funny thing is after my short 50 years of life, I have the ability to refine my experiences and compound them into a base of knowledge, not ignorance.
Don't pin a guard up... If you own a saw, consult a professional.
 
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