I did a websearch on the old hirsch saw table and came up empty. my dad still has his, it was a fathers day gift back in the early 80's. essentially it was a table that allowed you to clamp any standard circular saw under it. you zip tied the circular saw guard back and zip tied the power switch on the circular saw on. the table had a switch you plugged the saw into on the front, had a rip fence, a miter gague and of course a blade guard. i think the thing went for like 39 bucks back in the 1980's and it was a nice idea. but it had a cheezy blade guard and as this was my first real exposure to a table type saw at an early age this is all i knew. As i got older and got more into wood working i would use friend's table saws to complete my projets primarily when i needed something ripped precicely. the majority of them did not have a guard attached. I got a part time job in high school at a friend's dad's glass shop cleaning up and they had a delta unisaw in the shop, no blade guard. so i guess it just comes into how i was brought up around the table saw. i have seen pro carpenters pin their guards on their circular saws and i think they are nuts. i have a good friend who has been a carpenter for 50 years. has an old skil worm gear he removed the guard from. he uses his thumb as a guide while ripping lumber on the jobsite and ill be damned if it isnt a perfect cut every time. luckily he still has all of his fingers and has never ran it through his leg. this is his way. i think he is nuts!
Dave on the surface it may seem like i take safety for granted, but if i told you what i did for a living, what envinronment i spent several years of my life working in, i think you might have a little different opinion about me. i am sure it wont justify my lack of use of the blade guard on my 3612, but in all honesty, in my life, safety is paramount. it has been ingraned in me!
\"A SHIP OF WAR IS THE BEST AMBASSADOR\"<br /><br />OLIVER CROMWELL