|Forum topic by Sean||posted 09-29-2015 03:07 PM||1243 views||0 times favorited||10 replies|
09-29-2015 03:07 PM
A year ago I purchased a DeWalt DWE7480 job site saw. While it has its limitations, it’s served me well for several projects (a couple cabinets and a few other small items). I can easily set it up on my driveway (my current shop), and I’ve been able to get reasonably accurate cuts with it.
Well, a friend recently complicated things for me by giving me a Delta Unisaw 36-L31X. It has a 3 hp motor and a 52” Biesemeyer fence. On top of that, he threw in a DeWalt 12” miter saw. I’m building a mobile base for the saw so I can pull it out of my basement garage to use it (can’t use it in the basement for a number of reasons).
The DeWalt has a nice suite of safety features, including an easily adjusted riving knife and blade guard. The Unisaw, on the other hand, has an old style splitter and blade guard that is not very user friendly. I’ve put an order in to get a Shark Guard splitter and blade guard.
Anyhow, the reason for this post is this: The Shark Guard splitters are offered in three thicknesses. I’ve ordered the thin kerf splitter as I use thin kerf and standard kerf blades. But I’m wondering if that will be thick enough to provide the safety benefits of a splitter when using a standard kerf blade. Does anyhow have any thoughts on this?
Any input is appreciated. Thanks!