I'd say the newest tool you own, as you may not know how exactly it operates.
Still the operator.
Lets just quit blaming the tools. With out man there would be no tools to get hurt on & with out man the tools that exist would just sit there & gather dust.
You the operator are the one at fault here every time. NOT THE TOOL. You are what is dangerous. Lets face it without you the operator there is no one to get hurt.
Most of you that have been in the military know what head space means I am sure at least the ones that carried a weapon do.
It appears that we have a head space problem here.
It is not the tool at fault here. It is the operator & their head space.
I personally will never accept another answer to the problem.
Because I know from experience more than once.
A properly set up tool with guards push pads feather boards sharp tooling & proper selection of material will & proper attention to what is going on as the machining is being performed (properly calibrated head space) will most likely eliminate almost all danger of injury.
To find out if this it true just ask the person that got injured what he would do different that would protect him from injury doing the same operation the next time. I'll bet his head space has been working overtime he'll tell you exactly what he would do to stay safe next time.
The LOML said take up sewing & I said jab themselves with a needle. She said they even do it with a sewing machine.
I tend to agree with you. It would be better to have a statistic that shows percentage of injuries to number of devices in service compared to total injuries.
Another thought on the most dangerous, is the tool that has inadequate or broken safety mechanisms. For your example, say using a jointer without any blade guard would freak me out.
Thanks for the reference Garrett. I very much enjoyed reading the referenced post and agree that it is both creative and hilarious.This is a quick note just to say hello to folks who may have made their way over here from the WoodNet forum.
I asked over there what they thought about the most dangerous power tools... and gave them a link to this thread so they could see what FamilyWoodworking thought
There are some good answers over there, but I wanted to point out this guy who really got creative... hilarious!!!
BUT, if you take one single operator and place him at 15 various brand new power tools, one of those power tools can be considered by that operator to be the most dangerous tool. whether it be the shaper, table-saw, miter saw or whatever. so while i agree with you that the operator can be the weak link, that doesn't take away the fact that any given power tool can be considered the most dangerous to that operator.