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Forum topic by alittleoff posted 01-31-2016 09:21 PM 723 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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alittleoff

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01-31-2016 09:21 PM

I’ve finished restoring my old unisaw and now I need one more thing, a splitter. I wanted a riving knife but don’t think I can get one for the type saw I’ve got. I found 2 things to use one is 75.00 the other is 270.00. Which way should I go. One also has a blade guard the other dosent. Another thing I should bring up is the saw has a incra fence. I think the delta saw guard will work though.


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#1 posted 01-31-2016 09:46 PM

The disappearing splitter used to come along with the overarm Uniguard IIRC, but apparently no longer. If you need a guard, the Uniguard is a nice option and you get a splitter along with it. But the disappearing splitter is also nice, and it only requires one finger to pull up or push down. The splitter that comes with the Uniguard looks like it’s held in place using the standard guard/splitter bracket and not as easy to install/remove as the disappearing one. Another option would be one of the BORK setups.

Cheers,
Brad

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#2 posted 01-31-2016 10:41 PM

I think the BORK riving knife will fit your saw. I’ve had one on my Shop Fox cabinet saw since 08, and it’s worked out well for me. The BORK Store


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#3 posted 02-01-2016 12:55 AM

I read somewhere about trouble with the Bork knife if I’m not mistaken. I think it was about the knife coming out and thrown back at you. I can’t be sure it was Bork but I think it was. I was just looking at paying 75.00 for only the knife. I think it’s way over priced, but what else is new. The overhead looks like it might get in the way for some reason to me, and I really don’t want anything that is hard to use or don’t work. Especially if I pay 270.00 for it. I would buy the overhead system in a minute if it came with the riving knife in the picture I posted. I really can’t tell what the knife looks like that comes with the overhead system.
Gerald

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#4 posted 02-01-2016 01:26 AM

I would buy the overhead system in a minute if it came with the riving knife in the picture I posted. I really can t tell what the knife looks like that comes with the overhead system.
- alittleoff

Neither are riving knives, just splitters. You can see what the one that comes with the Uniguard looks like in the installation manual: 34-976 Deluxe Uniguard Instruction Manual

Here is a snippit:

And you can also purchase the splitter without the guard at The Saw Center for about $80:

That splitter will work with both left and right tilt machines… while the disappearing splitter (Cat. No. 34-868) can only be installed on right tilt machines.

Cheers,
Brad

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#5 posted 02-01-2016 01:57 AM

As another option, I’ve been running a Merlin Splitter and have been happy with it for about ten years. It takes me just seconds to remove or to install it.

http://woodworker.com/merlin-spltr-delta-10-unisaw-rt-mssu-118-952.asp

I have an Excalibur over-arm dust collector-shield and I cannot imagine running it all the time to tend my splitting needs. It, usually, gets pushed out of the way on stock too narrow to run my push blocks/shoes with it.

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#6 posted 02-01-2016 02:06 AM

The borks are made of stainless now instead of aluminum. The slinging happened with the aluminum RKs.

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#7 posted 02-01-2016 06:50 AM



I would buy the overhead system in a minute if it came with the riving knife in the picture I posted. I really can t tell what the knife looks like that comes with the overhead system.
- alittleoff

Neither are riving knives, just splitters. You can see what the one that comes with the Uniguard looks like in the installation manual: 34-976 Deluxe Uniguard Instruction Manual

Here is a snippit:

And you can also purchase the splitter without the guard at The Saw Center for about $80:

That splitter will work with both left and right tilt machines… while the disappearing splitter (Cat. No. 34-868) can only be installed on right tilt machines.

Cheers,
Brad

- MrUnix


How does that thing work ? From the photo it looks like it stays at the same height. If so the gap between the blade and the splitter increases when lowering the blade. Then it could introduce more problems than it solves as the splitter too far from the blade actually may increase the chances of a kickback in some situations. (the microjig thingy puzzled me for the same reason)

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#8 posted 02-02-2016 01:52 AM

While I have a Powermatic 66 vs. what you have, I took a Sawzall and cut my OEM splitter just behind the pals to make a pseudo roving knife. It works just like I had hoped it would and is far safer than removing the splitter altogether like I was doing before.

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