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Forum topic by Dusty56 posted 06-27-2012 05:55 PM 1323 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-27-2012 05:55 PM

Topic tags/keywords: resource tip tablesaw zci

I got a couple of these for my JET cabinet saw awhile ago and found them to be quite good quality and @ only $10 each (for my saw) , I really didn’t want to make my own !!
Mine are made from the UHMW compound. Slick and still virtually no signs of wear.
I hope this helps someone else in need : )

I did not invest in the splitters though , so I can’t comment on them.

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#1 posted 06-27-2012 06:31 PM

Thanks for the info, I will take a look at it.

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#2 posted 06-27-2012 06:37 PM

Sorry to be a party pooper, but the UHMW material at this thickness is not suitably stiff as a table saw insert and can adversely effect your cut quality due to flexing. It’s also quite prone to warping if not mounted to a stiffer substrait. I’d opt for the phenolic, steel, aluminum, baltic birch, or even hardwood over the UHMW.

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

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#3 posted 06-28-2012 01:56 AM

Thnx for the link. I’ve been making my own out of mdf, and they work gr8.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#4 posted 06-28-2012 03:43 AM

I used to make mine out of UHMV but since I moved, I lost contact with my supplier and it’s not easy to get here. I’ve been making mine out of fall off Corian ot surrell and that has been working GREAT. I never had a problem with UHMV saging though.

-- John

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#5 posted 06-28-2012 04:19 AM

Hi knotscott , I must have lucked out with mine…no problems at all : )
I agree that the phenolic is a stiffer product , but for my money , I am quite happy with the UHMW insert.
Maybe I’m not ripping short enough pieces , or pressing down too hard on it to make it deflect ? Mine are still as flat as the day they came….could be the nearly constant temperature of my basement. I don’t know : )

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#6 posted 06-28-2012 05:05 AM

Those prices would be hard to beat. Might be worth a try. Thanks for the link….............

-- mike...............

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#7 posted 06-30-2012 05:09 PM

tried to order some today but i guess the sale was over so they are back to 29 bucks each

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#8 posted 06-30-2012 08:02 PM

You have to enter code: zero3 in the box at checkout.

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#9 posted 07-01-2012 01:23 AM

I totally agree with knotscott. I purchased 2 of these. Within about a week the first one I installed started warping. The directions say to flip it over for awhile to get rid of the warp. It’s been 2 weeks now – still warped. I figure I’ll use the 2nd one if I have to for some reason. Money wasted as far as I’m concerned.

-- Don

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#10 posted 07-01-2012 03:31 AM

What saw model did you get yours for ?
I have the JET cabinet saw and haven’t had any issues with either of my inserts.

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#11 posted 07-01-2012 04:14 AM

There must be different grades of UHMV cause I never had a problem with them. BUT, I didn’t get them online, I bought a quarter sheet from a plastics shop where I used to live and made my own. Maybe the ones that are online are too thin.

-- John

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