I just finshed listening to FWW's Podcast #41 (http://ec.libsyn.com/p/6/6/4/66486ae...6&c_id=6167091
) One of the subjects was on a new segment, "Ask a Rocket Scientist"... who was describing the forces involved in a TS kickback and why you would want to adjust body position accordingly..
He said the calculated speed of a TS blade at the rim (10" blade) is moving over 100 miles an hour, comparable to the wind speed of a Category 2 Hurricane. He then mentioned imagining the Objects moved and destructive forces caused by those in a Category 2 Hurricane... (It also mentioned preventing that with a riving knife or splitter)
I think that was a good comparison that brought across an easily imagined mental picture of those forces.
--- I understand that "that segment" was there as a direct result to answer a comment / question to one of their articles, but... Reports and statistics I've read say that contact from kickback is not the top reported accident on Table Saws --> Finger contact with the blade is reported as the top accident on a Table Saw.
I understand that some of those finger contact accidents might have been caused from the result of a kickback, as the loss of control of the workpiece may have drawn the fingers into the blade... I agree that the kickback risk is there...
So my question- As media goes, writing an article on TS kickback and contact from flying objects seems certainly more dramatic than blade contact... Is this why kickback is written about more often in the media (woodworking magazines)?
I just think that portrayal is an incomplete picture.
Some of that "Rest of the Story" (besides riving knives & splitters reducing the risk of kickback and body position adjusted in case of a kickback...) lends to having push sticks readily available in close proximity to the table saw and the user so they can use them (i mount magnets to the handles of mine so I can position mine close) and user education to ingrain the user to use push sticks when needed (so they think to use them). This is also an argument for those using the Gripper(TM) branded and styled push device...