I'm assuming most people find the guard clumsy or too much trouble (all the while assuming things are going to go just swimmingly).I simply don't understand why people would use a mandolin without using the guard.
I'm assuming most people find the guard clumsy or too much trouble (all the while assuming things are going to go just swimmingly).
You mentioned bandsaws...I grew up working a sawmill, and my dad repaired and built furniture on the side, so we had joiners and planers and band saws and table saws and radial arm saws galore. What's the first thing he did with anything like that? Get rid of whatever safety guard was on it, because they'd always get in the way, slow him down, and/or obstruct his line of sight.
If I hadn't watched the video on how to use the guard on my mandoline, I wouldn't use the guard (and subsequently, the mandoline) because it's a plunger type, and looking at it, I'd have worked out how to slice an onion or an apple, but a carrot or celery, I would have said, "Can't be done." But I watched the video and they cleared that up for me, so that's why I use it with confidence.
Usually, it's when I'm lining a sheet pan. I wrap up around the sides, and I'm usually in a hurry, and I'll zip my hands along the edge to wrap that and if I'm not careful...aluminum foil paper cut.That's one thing I don't think I have ever cut myself with.
When my wife went on blood thinners and became paranoid about knives, I said, "I'll get you a cutting glove, you'll be fine."