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Posted on So what's the big deal about a riving knife?

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#1 posted 07-26-2012 08:34 PM

I would love to have one instead of my splitter, but no one makes one for my saw. My big gripe is the guard and the splitter are one piece, so if your saw has a two piece design, maybe it’s not such a big deal.

The pain is using my crosscut sled, it requires removing my guard and splitter. Likewise non-through cuts, have to pull of the guard and splitter. Narrow cuts, have to pull it off. This usually means I have my splitter in place less than I should since I don’t always bother putting it back on.

I just bought a Shark Guard, which is a two piece design, that should eliminate the issue with my crosscut sled and narrow cuts (haven’t tried it yet, so I can’t say for sure). Still stuck with non-through cuts, but it should be an improvement.

As far as actual operation, I agree, I’m not aware of a design difference where a riving knife will help that a splitter will not. It will be interesting to see if someone else does.

-- John

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