1. A method of detecting a kickback event for a table saw, the table saw including a motor having an arbor shaft for driving
a saw blade and a guide fence for guiding a workpiece, the method comprising:
operatively connecting a stress sensor to the table saw, the stress sensor being configured to detect deflection of a work
component during a cutting operation, the work component comprising at least one of the arbor shaft and the guide fence;
outputting sensor signals from the stress sensor indicative of the deflection of the work component; and
controlling the saw blade based on the sensor signals.