BORK, Sharkguard, or Bessy Splitter?

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Forum topic by PatrickIrish posted 09-05-2016 04:02 PM 150 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-05-2016 04:02 PM

I can’t decide on the route I wanna go. My 36-944 Unisaw I got used is missing the splitter. It has the white Beisemeyer quick release bracket thing.

A Bork will run $150-$230 if I get both kerfs and dust collection guard.

Sharkguard isn’t much less if I get both thin and full kerf sets and dust collection guard.

Problem with finding a Bessy splitter is Its full kerf and I use thin blades.

Is it easy to change blades with the BORK? Heard getting a thin wrench on the arbor side is tough.

My saw came with both the Excalibur overarm dust system and the Beisemeyer t-square overarm guard system. Was thinking selling both as I only have a shop vacuum that likely isn’t powerful enough for the Excalibur.

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#1 posted 09-05-2016 05:09 PM

Those over-arm things are blade guards, not dust collectors (although the Excalibur does incorporate that as well). All overarm guards use a separate splitter mounted on the saw, replacing the splitter/guard that normally comes with them. You have the remains of the Biesemeyer splitter and just need to fabricate the metal blade that fits into it – a couple dollars expense at most, and a little time to make. If you are looking at ease of use, you can’t beat the Delta disappearing splitter though (~$65 at Amazon) – never needs to be removed and operated with a single finger. (Fine Woodworking Editors review here).


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#2 posted 09-05-2016 05:10 PM

Use Lumberjocks as a coupon code and 10% will be deducted.

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