About 10 years ago I bought a Bosche 4100 portable table saw for a second saw in my shop. Its function was to use when my larger saw was set up and I needed a quick cut. It came with the red pusher stick shown. I was using this red stick to rip a small block and the blade caught in the plastic and immediately welded itself to the pusher causing the red pusher to explode.
It put a big gash in my palm,and I had to go to the ER and then to a plastic sturgeon to get it sewn up. He did a good job as it is not notice able now.
After my encounter with the Red one I went out and bought 2 Micro-grip pushers. I used them a couple of times, but I have an uneasy feeling of my hand passing directly over the blade. It is just something about all those years of keeping my hands from being close to the blade I can’t seem to get over. My Dad lost the tips of his fingers on a tablesaw when I was a kid and I have never forgot it.