Virginia Tech® home

Radial Saws

Machine Shop Safety Quick Links

Radial Saws

  • Is the direction of the saw rotation conspicuously marked on the hood?
  • Is a permanent label not less than 1 ½ inches by ¾ inch affixed to the rear of the guard at approximately the level of the arbor?
  • Does the permanent label read: “Danger:  Do Not Rip or Plough From This End"?
  • Is the blade properly guarded? See picture - missing blade guard.
  • Are radial arm saws so arranged that the cutting head will gently return to the back of the table when released? See picture - no automatic return.
Radial saw without saw guard
Saw without automatic retrun

Always follow manufacturer's instructions and recommendations for safe and proper use.

Contact Information

Robin McCall-Miller, Occupational Safety Program Manager