There was something fishy when I negotiated the price for Delta Contractor Saw, a 34-410B, on Craiglist. The riving knife, kick back paws, and blade cover were missing. But, at $250, it was an affordable step up and a project saw that was in really good starting condition. At home, I discovered the assembly that holds the riving knife was badly managled. There must of been a hell of a wreck. Excuse me, Hellofawreck!
Encouraged by a video demonstation of kickback, I tackled the safety issue today. The under-table assembly was unbolted, put in a vise, and tapped into true. I cut a piece 1” x 1/8” steel to rough length. After several hours of angle grinding, filing, and polishing with my spindle sander, I was able to match the thickness of the knife to my thin kerf saw blade. The leading edge of the knife is beveled. Reassembly and alignment went way too smoothly. No punishment today, God? No shims!!
No animals were harmed? Well, I used my new Ridgid Spindle Sander to flatten and polish the knife after grinding and filing. You can shoot a piece of steel a looooooong way down the driveway in belt sander mode!!! After amusing myself with repeated shots, I figured out how to set the stop on the sander. Ignorance can be a lot of fun.
I am pleased with the result. Here’s the project in pictures:
-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. Woodworking is the cure for loose stools!