|Review by mbs||posted 12-15-2012 03:10 AM||5677 views||2 times favorited||17 comments|
- Infinity Zero Clearance Insert for sawstop table saw
- Brand: Infinity | Category: Tablesaw Accessories
The sawstop zero clearance insert doesn’t have enough support towards the back of the blade therefore the insert dips down below the top of the table. When cutting narrow wood, the leading edge of the wood catches on the top of the table which isn’t a safe situation to be in.. I recently heard about the Infinity billet insert and ordered it the same day. I don’t have any relationship with Infinity.
The insert is machined out of aluminum and has a very nice anodized finish. I had to use some of the hardware off my old sawstop unit but that wasn’t a problem. Using the hex screws accessible from the top of the insert I was able to set the insert height to match the table top perfectly. The billet material is solid enough to provide support across the entire insert.
The kit comes with two melamine inserts that slide out of the unit so different saw blades can be used.
I didn’t give the unit 5 stars for two reasons.
1) The replaceable melamine insert sits proud of the aluminum plate by about 0.005” which is enough to catch the front end of stock as it passes across the insert. I’ll call Infinity and ask if it’s intended to be proud or in they just machined the insert .005” too high by accident. I can sand the edges of the melamine to prevent it from “catching” in the future but it will still be high in the center.
2) The sawstop blade, in its lowered position, is very close to the top of the table. Therefore, the ZCI unit has to be lowered onto the blade while the saw is running to cut the replaceable melamine insert. The insert was shy by about 3/8” from the top of the table. I’m not sure what could be done about this unless they used thinner replaceable melamine or polycarbonate.
I love the quality of the sawstop but their throat plate wasn’t well designed. Overall, Infinity’s throat plate is an improvement over sawstop’s. I bought it for $90. Here is the link to the webpage
-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.