|Review by pintodeluxe||posted 08-06-2012 04:56 PM||2273 views||1 time favorited||16 comments|
I have been interested in these magnetic featherboards since they first came out. Recently I saw Ridgid came out with their version so I gave it a try.
The idea is masterful.
The execution is not.
Although the fingers are supple, with just the right amount of pressure, the featherboard will not hold its position well. It would be hard to pull the featherboard straight up from a cast iron surface, however it slides too easily.
One of the main reasons for having a featherboard on the tablesaw is to prevent kickback. However, this unit will not keep the workpiece from moving backwards.
Also, if the magnets fall over the miter gauge slot, this will not work (doesn’t really matter because it doesn’t work anyway).
1. Good idea
2. Needs mare mag
3. Magnets need to be wider to span the miter gauge slot.
(see explanation of Ridgids change in magnet size below)
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