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Forum topic by larrynz posted 11-30-2015 10:54 AM 840 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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larrynz

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11-30-2015 10:54 AM

Topic tags/keywords: sawstop riving knife blade guard clamping

I bought my SawStop 10 years ago.

I recently bought the dust collecting blade guard and found that installing it required the rather clumsy adjustment of the clamp which holds the riving knife or blade guard because the foot of the blade guard is thicker (2.3mm) than the original blade guard and riving knife (2.0mm). Hence having adjusted the clamp to hold the thicker blade guard foot, the riving knife was not held firmly.

I then bought an updated clamp and a 2.3mm riving knife.

I found that although the new blade guard and riving knife had the same nominal thickness that they actually differed by a few hundredths of a mm (a few tens of microns). Surprisingly having adjusted the clamp to hold the riving knife firmly, the blade guard would not firmly clamp in place.

I put two layers of masking tape (one on each side) on the foot of the blade guard and found that this added thickness was too much to enable clamping the blade guard at all. I removed the masking tape from one side and now the blade guard clamps up as nicely as the riving knife.

My question: Is there some adjustment to make the clamp less sensitive to the minuscule thickness difference?

I would appreciate any help or edification.

Cheers,

Larry


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johnstoneb

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#1 posted 11-30-2015 11:33 AM

Call Sawstop Their customer service is phenomenal.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#2 posted 11-30-2015 12:25 PM

I agree call Sawstop…...

I have an older PCS and have no problems changing between the riving knife and blade guard and never had any issue with the clamp.

Weird that 0.03 mm or 0.001 inches would make any difference.

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Fred Hargis

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#3 posted 11-30-2015 12:56 PM

I had never looked at the adjustment for this, but it doesn’t seem to be made to accommodate different thicknesses. I did check both my blade guard and riving knife, and they are both labeled as 2.3MM (one year old ICS). My guess is they changed the riving knife over time. Calling them may get you an updated riving knife for nothing that will match the blade gaurd.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#4 posted 11-30-2015 01:42 PM

Mines a couple years old, and my two are a hair diff. I have my adjustment to be tight on the splitter, and it’s a normal pressure on the overarm guard. Not an issue at all and never had a prob. You can adjust the tension of the handle that applies the pressure easily.

I was bummed that they did not have a thin kerf option. I was told that they did many years ago, but dropped it. I had to sell my thin kerf blades and replace with regular kerf ones.

-- Sooner or later Liberals run out of other people's money.

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#5 posted 11-30-2015 01:49 PM

I ordered and received a thin kerf riving knife from Sawstop for my contractor saw. Just got the saw this spring.
I have the blade guard and 2 different thickness riving knives and can interchange any without changing anything on the clamp.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#6 posted 11-30-2015 07:35 PM

Thanks to all who have replied. I had sent the same information to SawStop but have yet to receive a response from them. Unfortunately this is consistent with my prior experience with SawStop customer service. When they do reply the information is good, but the failure to reply is common. This time I decided to call on the Lumberjocks community. Thanks for your help.

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#7 posted 11-30-2015 07:54 PM

Thanks to all who have replied. I had sent the same information to SawStop but have yet to receive a response from them.

Have you ever tried CALLING for information? ;^)

I like email too, but in the woodworking industry a phone call can often resolve the problem very quickly and on the first contact.

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larrynz

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#8 posted 11-30-2015 08:00 PM

Yes, I have tried calling. I have never gotten to the right person and my calls have never been returned, perhaps because I live in New Zealand. (The local SawStop rep is useless.)

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Fred Hargis

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#9 posted 11-30-2015 09:28 PM

That’s really a shame. I normally don’t contact companies by e mail, but Sawstop is one of the few that have answered my e mails, both with an e mail and then calling me! I’ve phoned them twice and it worked even better. Really hope you get some help form them…

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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bonesbr549

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#10 posted 11-30-2015 09:35 PM



I ordered and received a thin kerf riving knife from Sawstop for my contractor saw. Just got the saw this spring.
I have the blade guard and 2 different thickness riving knives and can interchange any without changing anything on the clamp.

- johnstoneb

They must have brought it back! Cool. I’m fine with regular kerf anyway. Cheers.

-- Sooner or later Liberals run out of other people's money.

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