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Forum topic by willhime posted 01-19-2016 07:05 PM 698 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-19-2016 07:05 PM

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I’ve been on the lookout for the cheapest but practial solution to my riving knife-less Hitachi saw. Hitachi only sells it within an entire blade guard assembly, for $45. So I started shopping around and it seems the cheapest solution (that I’m aware of) is the Micro-jig product for $40. I don’t believe in my engineering skills to attempt my own shop-made one. And of course the Shark system is $140.

Any ideas would help.

- Will

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#1 posted 01-19-2016 08:58 PM

There are very few things in woodworking that you can buy for less than $40. Maybe a nail or a can of glue but I do not think someone would go via the trouble of manufacturing riving knives for some rare saw for $5.
You can make a zero clearance insert for you saw and embed a short metal or wood splitter.

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#2 posted 01-25-2016 11:55 PM

Without buying a factory knife I agree with a zero clearance insert. Glue a piece (same thickness as saw blade) inline with saw kerf, about the height of the saw blade. When you raise the blade on the initial cut it will cut it’s shape into the splitter. Using this zero clearance insert then swapping it for another or original for cuts that don’t go completely through the piece is easier that what I have to do with the shark system I purchased.

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#3 posted 01-26-2016 12:05 AM

AFAIK, the C10FL can’t be fitted with an OEM riving knife, but you might be able to use a BORK as described by Scott (see his review here). Otherwise, you are limited to using a splitter. If you have any kind of metal fabrication skills, you can easily make your own splitter out of some suitable metal plate material. Check out the Shark Guard page over at Leeway, where you can get the patterns to make your own.


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