Yesterday while ripping some 4/4 walnut stock, I experienced the scariest kickback I have ever had on a table saw. The wood kicked back and took the blade guard with it. Yes the blade guard came completely loose and ended up on the floor with the walnut stock. After I calmed down, I examined the guard. There were tooth marks on one side of the splitter, on the inside of the side supports and even one of the pawls had been hit. The blade fared even worse. Of the 20 carbide teeth, 2 were missing completely and 9 more were damaged. SO much for a $100 blade.
As for me, I have a small cut on my right palm just between the index and the next finger. Lucky I guess!
I called the manufacturer afterwards and the rep at Grizzly didn't seem to concerned. So this morning I made a closer inspection of the saw and found the splitter is bent and the dust chute under the blade was cracked. I called Grizzly and asked for replacement parts which they agreed to. When I asked for a replacement blade due to their faulty attachment of the guard I was told the request would have to go to someone higher up for approval.
I also contacted the CPSC about the attachment process of the guard. All that holds it is a friction lever that is obviously inadequate for the job. It should have held! We will see where this goes.