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01-05-2017 11:43 PM

Topic tags/keywords: menards table saw blade guard splitter

Hey everyone. So I just picked this table saw up off of Craigslist for $25. It’s a 1986 Menards brand 10” belt drive table saw. I cleaned it up and replaced the belt and it seems to be running nice and smooth. It didn’t come with any kind of blade guard or splitter. So my questions are, one has anyone seen one of these? I can’t seem to find anything online about it. Also does anyone have a link to a guard/splitter that might work or plans on how to make one?



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#1 posted 01-06-2017 02:19 AM

Tough to tell from those pics….I’m not sure, but there’s a chance that your Menard’s saw is the same as countless other Taiwanese saws made by Mao Shan. They came with a variety of bases, wings, and fences, and sold under many brands including PM, Jet, Grizzly, AFF, Omega, Ohio Forge, Bridgewood, and many others. If that’s the case, you just might be able to find a guard from one of those that would fit.

If not, I’d look to a BORK or Sharkguard system. You could also add a Microjig splitter pretty easily, or roll your own….there are plans and ideas online for shop made splitters and blade guards.

Does your saw look anything like this?

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#2 posted 01-06-2017 02:56 AM

Thanks for the reply! It does look like those. Especially the top left pic. The wings are a little different but looks to be the same.

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#3 posted 01-06-2017 03:46 AM

the one thing I’ve noticed compared to the guards I can find for ones like that is there’s no place for the front of a guard to attach. Mine only has that back bracket

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#4 posted 01-06-2017 03:58 AM

Check under the throat plate. It may be a single point mount, but usually you only find those on the cheap plastic portable saws.

Cheers,
Brad

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#5 posted 01-06-2017 04:39 AM

That’s a great buy at $25. But if it were mine, I’d be looking for (or making) a T style fence for it. That one is like the old Delta Jetlock fence, which I found to be a pain in the neck. But I do admit that others have spoken favorably of them.

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#6 posted 01-06-2017 04:53 AM

Don’t think a riving knife or blade guard can be mounted on that model due to the closeness the blade is to the back of the table . I could be wrong. A table extension would be a good stabilizer while cutting and thus making it safer. I find my blide guard helpful in cutting short wide sheet goods but most wood boards tend to bind on it.

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#7 posted 01-06-2017 04:55 AM



Check under the throat plate. It may be a single point mount, but usually you only find those on the cheap plastic portable saws.

Cheers,
Brad

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As far as I can see there’s nothing to attach it to. There’s a Delta guard that looks like it might work but I’m not sure of the size of it. I might just end up having to make my own

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#8 posted 01-06-2017 06:02 AM

That blade does come pretty close to the rear of the table and with no space at the end of the insert, so it is probably a single mount deal like on the little portables. Something like this might work:


(From Searspartsdirect)

That was just one of several that came up…

Unless you can find a model number on that saw and a parts list to give you a clue, you will probably have to fiddle with it to get a splitter/guard fitted – but it shouldn’t be very hard to do. Making your own is also an option if you can do a little metalwork, but it wouldn’t be as easy :)

Cheers,
Brad

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#9 posted 01-06-2017 06:34 AM

I have the model number for the saw but can’t find anything on it. I have plenty of metal laying around the shop so might give that a go. I’ll probably have to order the pawls though

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#10 posted 01-06-2017 08:05 AM

You could easily make your own pawls by cutting up an old circular saw blade—a steel one, rather than carbide. A few whacks with a hammer would remove the set on the teeth.

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#11 posted 01-06-2017 03:48 PM

The guard attachment at the back looks a little like the way the old Delta I used to own works. I sold the saw last year but the guy didn’t want the guard so I still have it sitting on the shelf. Since we don’t have Menards in DFW (Texas) I am guessing that you live nowhere near me but if you do, you can have my old guard for free if you come and get it.

Note that one reason that almost no one used that style of blade guard was that they are a PITA. When ripping, I found it to be more dangerous than not using it because more than once, I had it deflect and bind the work against the fence. Fortunately, I never had a kickback but it did trip the thermal breaker once—probably the last time I used it.

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#12 posted 01-06-2017 09:16 PM

Sadly I’m up in Minnesota, not really driving distance ;). I should talk to my cousin, she lives down in that area, to see if she could pick it up and ship it to me.

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#13 posted 01-07-2017 06:17 AM

Just send me s PM if you want it. I can send you a picture of it to see if it is worth the trouble

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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