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Forum topic by lilredweldingrod posted 06-06-2011 10:17 PM 2724 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-06-2011 10:17 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tablesaw safety riving knife locking pin

I just learned something new about my new Grizzly G0690 table saw. I am assuming that other manufacturers use the same locking system or very similar.

The bracket with two screws at the base of the riving knife has a spring loaded pin to lock the riving knife in place. This pin has a round top with two sides ground flat to pop down into a slot. This will turn to the left to hold the pin out for changing from the riving knife to the splitter/blade guard. I never thought to check to see if it seated. I know now. lol If your saw has a similar setup be sure to seat the pin ALL the way in.

It is conceivable that the blade could come in contact with either and create the ultimate kickback. Metal is much more likely to cut than bruise as wood usually does.

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#1 posted 06-07-2011 04:50 AM

I dont think I have seen that kind of arrangement, but you have brought up a good point. Thanks for sharing.

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#2 posted 06-07-2011 05:39 AM

I would go for the Riving Knife…

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#3 posted 06-15-2011 06:42 PM

I’ve been noticing pins on products like the new Bosch table saw and the newer Ridgid model for the riving knives. You can crank down the securing bolt, but if the pins aren’t set, the knife isn’t lined up correctly. Always a good thing to check, so thanks for pointing it out.

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