Well guys, I am on the other side of the fence. I don't like a blade guard on my table saw. I've used table saws for a lot of years, and I still have all my wigglers. The main reason I don't use a guard is with my tri-focals I have hard enough seeing what I'm looking at without a blade guard getting in the way too.
Even though I don't use a blade guard, safety is always in the forefront in my shop. I use a wide varity of push sticks and blocks that ensure a safe distance between the blade and my fingers. Recently I've purchased 2 of the GRR-Rippers, by Micro Jig, [URL=http://www.microjig.com]. These are without a doubt the best inovation in safety equipment for use on the table saw in years. They virtually eliminate the possibility of kick back because they grip both pieces as you move the board through the blade. It actually straddles the blade, and you can rip as close as 1/4" to the fence. I think they are great. They also work very well with the router table & jointer as well.
Does anyone else use the GRR-Ripper? If so, I'd like to here your comments on it.