Shark or BORK?

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Forum topic by JasonWagner posted 09-17-2009 03:45 AM 3315 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-17-2009 03:45 AM

Topic tags/keywords: safety splitter riving knife table saw question

I have a Grizzly 1023SL series table saw. It’s going to be mine for a long time so a table saw with a real riving knife is an option. I’m leaning heavily toward the Shark guard splitter with dust collection capabilities. I looked at the BORK and, no offense to the creator, it looks pretty ghetto, rigged, etc… Are there any other options (not those little plastic clip in splitters either) out there and why aren’t the manufacturers making some aftermarket products? Taking three bolts out of the guard is not my idea of easy. We all know no splitter is the easy way out but dangerous. I don’t want to test 5 hp kickback.

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#1 posted 09-17-2009 06:03 PM

I have a DeWalt DW746 and am also interested in the Shark. The riving knife is what is driving me there. If you or any other LJ’ers out there know of any options. Please let us both know. To date, this is the only credible one.



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#2 posted 09-17-2009 08:53 PM

Jason – I’ve had a BORK on my Shop Fox W1677 (same as the 1023SL) for over a year now, and it’s worked quite well. I had a Shark Guard on my 22124, and while it was a good splitter with great above table DC features, the BORK is really a riving knife and has a couple of advantages, unless Lee from SG is offering a riving knife for the 1023 that I’m unaware of.

The BORK is a retrofit device for existing saw designs that have a swing arm, so it travels in a bit of an arc like the blade does, unlike a stock riving knife that tends to travel straight up and down, but otherwise accomplishes the task more like a riving knife than a traditional fixed splitter. Because it’s a retrofit and not a stock design, there are some obstacles that the BORK has to overcome, like being fit to the swing arm, and requiring a good ZCI for lateral support. But once it’s adjusted (not an overly finnicky task), I don’t fuss with it very much. FWIW, Bob used to offer a money back guarantee (including shipping). Whichever you choose, Bob and Lee are both great to deal with.

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