|Review by JasonWagner||posted 04-24-2010 11:24 PM||7080 views||2 times favorited||19 comments|
Product web page: www.leestyron.com
I have wanted to order a Shark Guard from Lee for quite some time. One night this winter I went for it. At the time he said (on the webpage) the wait was about 3-4 weeks. I didn’t get a confirmation email (maybe it got filtered) and somewhere around two months later I got the shipping notice for the guard. I didn’t try to contact Lee myself so I’m not really complaining.
The whole thing came in about two days from the shipping notice. It was packaged sufficiently with enough protection and all the pieces were safe. I got this for my Grizzly G1023SLWX that I bought just before the riving knife mandate. I usually used the factory guard, but the three bolts were a pain and for non-through cuts I didn’t have any splitter. This package included the tall splitter and Lexan guard, another tall splitter without a guard so I could cut with a higher blade height and a shorty splitter that is for non-through cuts. The three bolts are replaced by one ratchet type handle so it’s easy enough to switch that you won’t have the excuse that, “it’s a pain”.
The other cool thing about adding this guard is that I now have dust collection above the blade. With zero clearance inserts this is great. There is still some dust on the saw, but nothing in the air even while cutting MDF. I attached some pictures of my blower setup split to the cabinet of the saw and the blade guard. I used nylon string to hold the hose for the guard and it seems to be working just fine. (by the way, Woodcraft has 10’ pieces of 4” and 2.5” hose on sale 33% off right now!).
One negative I’ve noticed after lots of use is the quick release bolt that holds the splitter on will hit the throat plate if I tilt the blade more than 35 degrees or so. Not a huge problem, but something to improve upon.
So now I have the option to have a splitter no matter what type of cut I do, it’s easy to swap out, and I have better dust collection. I encourage you to look at this package if you have a saw without a riving knife and if you think changing your splitter out it too much of a pain.
-- some day I hope to have enough clamps to need a clamp cart!