There was something fishy when I negotiated the price for Delta Contractor Saw, a 34-410B, on Craiglist. The splitter was missing. But, at $250, it was an affordable step up and a project saw that was in really good starting condition.
Encouraged by a video demonstation of kickback, I tackled the safety issue today. 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 smoothly.
I used my new Ridgid Spindle Sander to flatten and polish the it 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. Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.