New saw to improve safety at Vincent Men’s Shed

Vincent Men’s Shed member Lance Hubbard and vice-chairman Bill Barns with the new safety saw.
Vincent Men’s Shed member Lance Hubbard and vice-chairman Bill Barns with the new safety saw.

VINCENT Men’s Shed has installed a new safety saw designed to protect members’ fingers and hands.

The committee raised $4500 from member donations, selling surplus tools and items made at the shed, and a donation from Envision Medical Imaging to purchase the new equipment.

The saw is designed to stop the blade from spinning immediately when it senses a finger or hand too close to it.

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Chairman Lynton Hebiton said it was the first of its kind for the shed.

“We expect to get five years or more use out of the machine,” he said.

He said if the safety mechanism was ever activated, the blade was destroyed by the brake and would have to be replaced.

For more information about the shed, email vincentmensshed@wamsa.org.au or call 0475 376 263.