Any MJ Splitter users out there?

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Forum topic by RibsBrisket4me posted 11-19-2011 07:59 PM 1063 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-19-2011 07:59 PM

I have a 1996 Emerson Era Craftsman Contractor saw. I am very saftey aware and use my factory guard, push sticks etc as much as possible. As we all know, removing the guard when using a dado, and then placing it back on in perfect alignment can be frustrating.

It seems I am always adjusting the “splitter” part of it. It gives me fits when ripping.

I was looking at the MJ splitter (steel one), and would love to hear about current, past users.

I already have a Zero Clearence Insert. Also, maybe a dumb question, but do you leave the MJ in for crosscuts as well?


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#1 posted 11-19-2011 08:42 PM

Unless I’m doing less than full cuts, my splitter and guard stays in place at all times. I’m a sissy woodcrafter, but I still have all my digits (so far).
Use some shims and take your time. Do you change blade kerfs a lot? I don’t know why ya should have to adjust the splitter if kerfs are uniform and the splitter is adjusted correctly. The splitter should be even with the fence side of the blade.


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#2 posted 11-19-2011 09:13 PM

I have the plastic MJ splitter, and it has served me well. I leave it in place whenever possible.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 11-19-2011 09:21 PM

Bill, My guard/splitter/pawls are also always on for through cuts. But I want more repeatability in my set up. I only use thin kerf blades. The guard I have just seem to have way to much flex in it, and on this type of saw it is terribly difficult to set. I will try a full kerf blade when ripping to see if things are better, but I prefer to use TK on this saw.

Charlie, thanks for the input. I really think this may be a nice upgrade to my saw, and wanted to hear from actual users.

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#4 posted 11-19-2011 09:53 PM

Buy it! I have an craftsman saw just like yours. I hated taking the guard on and off all the time. I got the steel that is covered in a plastic for all kerfs. I just threw the guard away because setup is a nightmare. And like you said it gets stuck in the wood all the time. The only time I have to remove it is when making partial cuts. You can even leave it in with jigs like rosscut sled. They really are a time saver and still let you feel comfortable that you’re not going to get the wood into the back of the blade and cause kickback.

-- LAS,

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#5 posted 11-19-2011 10:54 PM

Thanks for the info Luke! I love my saw, but the guard is a hassle. Still because of safety I do use it. I’m glad to hear you were in the same situation and found the MJ to be a good solution.

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