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Some more expensive saws have riving knives, but they won't be standard until 2009 models (I think UL decides these things), and some date later that they'll be required for all saws. The "ultimate" in safety is a SawStop which has a blade brake, but the starting point for a contractor saw is $2100.
for the most part there is not much for "safety features on most table saws, as most is on the guard, and usually the guard is the first item to be removed as it is usually in the way of many cuts, or the safety features mess up the wood being cut,
the big one is setting the blade at a proper height and to keep you fingers away from the blade when cutting small or narrow pieces use push sticks and or blocks set up finger boards and use common sense, if your startled DO NOT MOVE YOUR HANDS, use eye protection.
Push sticks/blocks Save Fingers
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