saw blades with rivnig knife -- std kerf vs. thin

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Forum topic by dpjeansonne posted 05-21-2011 05:16 PM 1430 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-21-2011 05:16 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tablesaw riving knife thin kerf

I need to replace a standard 0.125” blade on my Grizzly 1023R that uses a rving knife. Grizzly says that the knive requires you to use a standard kerf blade as the thin kerf ones are thinner than the knife and they don’t make one to match.

I really would like to use the thin kerf ( 0.0904”) blades as they are more readily available, cheaper, and have other advantages. But the 1023 at 3hp can handle the 0.125” blades no problem.

My question is—- If I can adjust the riving knife correctly on the right side and let the left side of the blade be misaligned, is that a bad thing? I really never use the left side of the blade and when needed I would remove the knife. This would let me use any blade kerf.

Any suggestions?

-- Cajun Don, Louisiana

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#1 posted 05-21-2011 06:22 PM

How do you saw with only one side of the blade??

A riving knife is sized to fit in the kerf left by the blade. If the riving knife is wider than the saw kerf, the board can’t move forward.

You may be able to find an aftermarket riving knife for a narrow kerf blade, but if you can’t, a machine shop should be able to mill a standard knife to the necessary thickness. A few passes of a surface grinder should be all that’s needed.

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#2 posted 05-21-2011 06:59 PM

Ditta what Sawkerf said…

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#3 posted 05-21-2011 07:08 PM

Yes I don’t get what your trying to say either sorry. Alistair

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#4 posted 05-22-2011 12:54 AM

You’re right! I will try to find someone to mill the knife to the right thickness.


-- Cajun Don, Louisiana

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