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Old 10-15-2016, 10:05 AM   #1
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Yesterday when I left for the day I left my 6 ft stabila on my miter saw. This morning when I came in the level was laying next to the saw and the saw had been used. This isn't the first time I have noticed the saw being used and I'm starting to get upset. The saw is a new Bosch glider but what really gets to me is the cost of blades and one wrong cut I'm out 100 bucks. And usually the yahoos that feel free to use it are guys that either don't have tools or have cheap crap and don't really care what gets ruined. Most don't realize the cost of a good blade.

Anyway, I would like to come up with a way to lock it so nobody can use it if I'm not there. My only thought so far is to get some sort of uncommon plug and put on the saw. Like a twist lock or some other that nobody else will most likely have. Then make a small foot long cord that will go from the twist lock to normal plug. This little adapter would be my key that I can lock up in the gang box or take with me at the end of the day. Only other idea was a bike lock to wrap around the saw to hold it down.

Any other ideas or opinions on how to make the saw inoperable when im not there? Locking in a closet or to isn't always an option and sometimes it's a real pain to fold up the stand and put away and take out everyday. Would be nice to figure out something simple that just makes it not work for most people. Maybe one of those lockout devices like they have at box stores on things like saws to cut blinds where you have to enter a code before it will turn on? Lol
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Old 10-15-2016, 10:12 AM   #2
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Re: Locking Miter Saw Overnight.


Some type of plugs lock out device. This is one of many on the market.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Master-Lo...2005/206322530

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Or get a short lightwieght cable lock and just strap the head down.
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Re: Locking Miter Saw Overnight.


If you leave a tool on a job site and lock it out you are likely to be the victim of some sort of vandalism.

Seen it happen before.
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Some type of plugs lock out device. This is one of many on the market.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Master-Lo...2005/206322530

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That looks perfect. Never seen one before. Thanks for the idea and link.

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If you leave a tool on a job site and lock it out you are likely to be the victim of some sort of vandalism.

Seen it happen before.
That is a possibility but I guess I would rather take my chance with that then just leave it open to anyone and everyone to use to cut who knows what on an expensive blade.
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You ever see the wires pushed into the front of an outlet?

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Why not just remove blade?


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I wonder how not disabling the saw to unauthorized use affects the owners liability?

If you locked it out and someone bypassed the lockout you have shown it is not there for anyone to use, if you just leave it there and someone gets hurt could you be liable for their stupidity???

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Why not just remove blade?
It is not very easy, at least on my Bosch 5312 and doing so repeatedly will cause damage over time.

Tom's link to the cord lock should work, or a cable lock of a particular length wrapped in some order to hold the blade down would be another option.

Vandalism because you don't want people using your tools?
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To much time and effort to take off and put on everyday. The cord lock should be good enough for what I want. Easy and fast to use. If somebody really wants to use it or trash it they will find a way. But I'm just looking to prevent the guys that see it and think oh I can use that to cut my PVC or metal trim or boards with nails or whatever. Kind of the same principal as locking our trailers. If someone really wants in they will get in. But the lock keeps most guys out.

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That is a nice benefit of the Kapex. Turn the blade lock knob. 99% of people will have no idea how to get it to work.
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Re: Locking Miter Saw Overnight.


Find out who used the saw and chop off his hand. Then announce it and no one will ever touch your saw again
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Re: Locking Miter Saw Overnight.


Put it in a jobox or get used to people using your tools.
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Re: Locking Miter Saw Overnight.


I have had the same thing happen.

I also use the fastfix feature on the kapex. No one will figure it out.

If I leave my saw onsite I always have a cable running through it and locked down.

I use this.



I usually lock multiple tools together, miter saw, stand, vac, table saw, horses, ladder. Enough to make is so they have to cut the cable if they want something and aren't able to walk away with stuff locked together.
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That is a nice benefit of the Kapex. Turn the blade lock knob. 99% of people will have no idea how to get it to work.
I do the same thing
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We always used these:


http://m.homedepot.com/p/Master-Lock...B&gclsrc=aw.ds

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It's a pain in the ass but.....I never leave anything behind except that which I'd give away....When I did that's what happened....I gave it away
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It's a pain in the ass but.....I never leave anything behind except that which I'd give away....When I did that's what happened....I gave it away
I can't afford new tools, and the insurance claims guy would laugh me out of town if I left my tools on a job and they were stolen.

I pack up everything.....everyday......period.
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Re: Locking Miter Saw Overnight.


Same here. Trailer comes home with me every day as well. I know it's less convenient, but it's certainly more convenient than showing up to a job where my tools are damaged or gone. Only exceptions are limited items left in occupied homes.
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They have a universal key to all those locks, it's called bolt cutters

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