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agallant

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10-04-2011 07:35 PM

Can someone please explain to me what the big whoop is with having a TS with a riving knife? My TS has one but I never put it on, don’t know what I am missing. I hear it is sopposed to stop kickback but I never get that anyways.


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#1 posted 10-04-2011 08:04 PM

Here is a link to a good video on finewoodworking.com site.

http://www.finewoodworking.com/ToolGuide/ToolGuideArticle.aspx?id=31896

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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#2 posted 10-04-2011 08:29 PM

The riving knife helps stop kickback the same way a splitter does.
Its advantage is the fact that it can be set to stay just below the top edge of the blade, very close to the blade’s back edge and then it will ride up and down and tilt with the blade. Being in this position, it allows you to make non-through cuts and still be on the saw providing protection.

If you never get kickback you are not using your saw. Everybody gets kickback.

-- Michael: Hillary has a long list of accomplishments, though most DAs would refer to them as felonies.

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#3 posted 10-04-2011 08:31 PM

riving knife helps keep ripped wood from catching on the back teeth of the blade helping prevent kickback better than any other device. unlike a slitter+blade guard that can obscure the view to the cut line I see no reason to get the riving knife off the saw whatsoever – why do you have yours off? very curious…

much like a seat belt in a car – some folks drive without them, and of those some never had an accident and flew through the front windshield but that still does not make it any safer.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#4 posted 10-04-2011 08:39 PM

”it is sopposed to stop kickback but I never get that anyways.”

More accurately, you haven’t gotten kick back yet…you’ve been lucky, but it can happen quicker than you can blink an eye. It can and does happen to a lot of us on occasion.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#5 posted 10-04-2011 08:48 PM

Well I have had a peace of wood come flying off of the TS in my direction. I guess that is kickback

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#6 posted 10-04-2011 08:48 PM

I’m with everyone else on this one. You’ve been lucky so far with never getting kickback…but luck eventually runs out. Kickback is not something you want to experience, but I guarantee the first time you do, you’ll be looking for your riving knife. They’re much better than splitters for all the reasons Purplev and Crank49 mentioned. With a riving knife, you put it on and forget about it—no need to take it on and off like a splitter, so there’s really no reason not to be using it.

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#7 posted 10-04-2011 08:49 PM

Keep it handy. Once you get kickback you’ll want to put it on… I have to assume you are lacking a guard as well as the riving knife is also usually the mount for the guard.

Hopefully you won’t be impaled by kickback, or lose a finger or so before you learn to use these safety features that are there for good reason…

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#8 posted 10-05-2011 12:22 AM

it’s such a simple thing, but so incredibly important that it’s amazing it’s not already a standard feature.

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#9 posted 10-05-2011 01:07 AM

”...I think they are a load of hooey”

How each seasoned veteran handles their safety is up to them, and is at least done knowing the risks, but I’d advise newbies not to adopt the above statement, and use a splitter or riving knife….IMHO, they are one of the single most signicant safety features on a TS.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#10 posted 10-05-2011 01:12 AM

”…I think they are a load of hooey”

How each of the seasoned veterans handle their safety is up to them, and is at least done knowing the risks, but I’d advise newbies not to adopt the above statement.

I totally agree with that. Not good advice for a new guy or a veteran. We should use every safety feature we can. On some cuts, it’s impossible to use them…. but “hell Yes” use them when you can.

- JJ

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#11 posted 10-05-2011 03:18 AM

To me having the riving knife on is like having the brakes working on my car, its not a convenience it is a necessity.

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#12 posted 10-05-2011 03:25 AM

If you cut enough wood, you will fiind out what kick back is about. You just haven’t cut enough wood yet.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#13 posted 10-05-2011 03:26 AM

Thank you.

-- -Sam - FL- "A man who carries a cat by the tail learns somthing he can in no other way" -Mark Twain

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#14 posted 10-05-2011 03:32 PM

Viking – thanks for posting the link to the vid. Very cool stuff, my General Int’l came with a riving knife and I use it religiously…because the 2nd time I did not (had only had the saw for a couple weeks), I had a piece of plywood shoot back and hit me in the gut when it bound between the blade/fence…. YIKES!!!!!!!!

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#15 posted 10-06-2011 02:55 AM

I have used cabinet table saws since the late 1960s without a splitter or riving knife and never had a problem with kickback, then one night a few years ago my PM fired the board at me hitting me in the chest, and believe me, you will never forget it. I now use the riving knife all the time.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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