anti-kickbackback pawls

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Forum topic by jonchilds posted 05-17-2011 03:15 AM 1170 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-17-2011 03:15 AM

Topic tags/keywords: tablesaw

Greetings all,

I just purchased my first table saw, nothing fancy just the porter-cable portable one from Lowes. It fit well in the budget and in my limited work space. This being my first saw, I wanted to use all of the safety features on the saw. Everything seems to work as advertised except for the anti-kickback pawls. When I ran a few pieces of wood through the saw the pawls seems to leave a very obvious scratch down the length of the board. I am not really knowledgable about why these work so my question is this. If I just put some tape or something on the metal to stop it from leaving a gouge will that defeat the function of the pawls? I am not sure if they need some level of friction or if they are just to stop the wood from flying up in the air. As currently functioning you could never use these with any part of a board that would be visible, which is fine for the first project I am working on, but not something I want happenning all the time.

Thanks for any help

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#1 posted 05-17-2011 03:40 AM

I painted mine with plasti-dip. If they ever engage, the coating will be pushed aside…I think!

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#2 posted 05-17-2011 03:40 AM

I wasn’t a big fan of the pawls. I didn’t get them in my current setup. They do leave marks on the wood and sometimes make the cutoff difficult to remove. I always use a splitter whenever I can.

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#3 posted 05-17-2011 04:18 AM

You can heat the springs and relieve some of the downward force…and they will still engage if a piece tries to lift and fly…

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#4 posted 05-17-2011 09:50 PM

Thanks for all the replies. I like the plasti-dip idea. At least until I get a little more comfortable I would like to keep that safety stuff on. Off to the hardware store.

Thanks again

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#5 posted 05-17-2011 09:54 PM

Shark Guard offers high quality pawls as an option if you decide to upgrade your safety.

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