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Posted on SawStop Aftermarket Insert Concerns

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#1 posted 11-15-2012 07:51 PM

I would be inclined to cut off that portion of the mdf insert and glue it into place. Make the cut at or a bit behind the arbor. New mdf inserts would have the corresponding piece removed before use.

Charles Neil also sells a ZCI for saw stop. I have one. His uses hardwood strips for the disposable insert. And I believe the disposable insert extends a bit farther to the left of the blade making that thin strip a bit wider. I’d expect hardwood to be a bit more durable than mdf, reducing the chance of that piece snapping off. I haven’t used it yet, except as a dado insert without the disposable insert, and I’m not so sure how to use it with the blade guard. It seems to be designed for use with the riving knife, but maybe I’m missing a trick.

At the moment I can’t imagine anything that would want to push this part of the disposable insert into the blade, so it might be fine as-is. It would also be fine, I would think, to simply remove that bit, so long as your off-cuts were going to be wider than 1/2”

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