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Forum topic by MrRon posted 05-15-2016 07:07 PM 742 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-15-2016 07:07 PM

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I’m not usually interested in after market gadgets, especially those that are so simple, they can be duplicated by any competent woodworker. I was impressed by the Micro gripper. Although it is a bit pricey, I can see a lot of work goes into it’s design and construction. My tendency is to make one myself falling on the details shown in the video.

My real question is: Has anyone accidentally cut through the gripper? I noticed they have replacement pads available; also a bit pricey.

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#1 posted 05-15-2016 08:20 PM

Of course you can make one. Several have been posted on LJ. And, of course they occasionally get cut into.

The question for me is do I want to spend the time making one or spend the time making another project. I really like them as they work well with the arthritis in my hands and wrist.

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#3 posted 05-16-2016 12:36 PM

Anything that increases safety is worth it, but homemade push blocks work just as well with no fiddling around.

They probably are a solution for some people, though.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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#4 posted 05-16-2016 01:27 PM

In my opinion, any sort of push stick and/or back-up board is a large help in eliminating tear-out on the exiting cut as well. I think part of the table saw tool box is a variety of push sticks & push blocks

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#5 posted 05-16-2016 06:29 PM

I have two grippers, love them. Have cut into one on accident before, didn’t know it until I saw yellow dust flying around.

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#6 posted 05-16-2016 07:04 PM

I bought two grippers as well. After using them and cutting into one of the 1/4” pads more than once, I pretty much have put them aside. IMO, they were forcing me to give up other safety practices in order to use the grippers.

  • I was forced to remove my Yellow Board Buddies (A much needed anti-kickback safety feature) in order to use the gripper.
  • You are forced into adjusting everything on the Gripper EVERY time you make a cut. This forces you into making many more test cuts way too frequently.
  • Some Riving knives won’t work with the Gripper. Got lucky that my riving knife did not interfere.

As for me, I am back to using my Yellow board buddies and traditional push sticks. I use the grippers only as “wide” push blocks, and never use them directly over the blade as advertised. I also use my TS Sled nearly all of the time for crosscuts and miters.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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