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07-23-2012 03:52 AM

WANTED blade guard/splitter for unisaw

-- Eric


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#1 posted 07-23-2012 04:12 AM

Delta direct. Also tools plus.com .

-- mrg

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#2 posted 07-23-2012 07:17 PM

I’d go for a riving knife instead of a splitter, Eric, and I think there are some after-market suppliers.

Micro jig also has an after market splitter that looks interesting.

http://www.microjig.com/products/mj-splitter/index.shtml

-- Joe

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#3 posted 07-23-2012 10:04 PM

Expounding on Joe’s comment, just my endorsement here…I have the MJ Splitter SteelPro on my Unisaw and I really like it. It works as advertised and I use it all the time with my zero clearance insert.

-- Sweeping up sawdust in Texas

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#4 posted 07-23-2012 10:55 PM

I retro fit my unisaw with the Shark Guard…http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9ALdi30-Fo...it has plenty of options so check out this youtube video

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#5 posted 07-24-2012 02:52 PM

I like the idea of a riving knive. I’ve never used one but they look good to me. The MicroJig looks good too. (and I like the price) The MicroJig doesn’t have the kickback pawls, but suppose if it prevents the workpiece from catching the rear of the blade kickback pawls might be redundant.

Barecycles, was the extra money worth upgrading to the steel version???

Blackcherry – I’ve looked at the SharkGuard. I was considering their splitter. I wonder if this link will work by itself… that is… without the complete SharkGuard.

-- Eric

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#6 posted 07-24-2012 03:23 PM

IMO kickback pawls are not nearly robust enough to stop a kickback. The only way to stop a kickback is to prevent it from starting in the first place.

-- Joe

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#7 posted 07-24-2012 03:55 PM

Erik you have the option of buying splitters, riving knives , pawls and blade guard. Lee is a very friendly and hand on kinda shop owner and will communicate over emails and phone if need be…good luck on your choice…BC

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#8 posted 07-24-2012 09:31 PM

I think it was worth it. I like the mini featherboard effect and the Kerf Keeper.

The main reason I was swayed to get the SteelPro version was because of Mark Spagnuolo’s video.

-- Sweeping up sawdust in Texas

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#9 posted 07-24-2012 09:41 PM

I have a Unisaw and I bought a Bork riving knife.
It gets good reviews but it does not work for me.
I would not recommend it.
If you find a riving knife that works for you, please, let me know.
Bert

-- Bert

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#10 posted 07-25-2012 10:11 AM

I ordered the micro jig pro last night from Amazon for $25.00

-- Bert

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#11 posted 07-25-2012 02:51 PM

Let me know how it goes bert.

I noticed the inserts that came with my used saw have MicroJig holes aleady. I fashioned a splitter from a finishing nail with (2) 90 degree bends making like a HEAVY duty staple. It fits snuggly in the holes without bottoming out.

I’m still uncertain about the MicroJig. There’s just something about a full-scale splitter mounted behind or under the insert that makes me feel safer. I will continue to evaluate then decide.

-- Eric

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#12 posted 07-25-2012 03:21 PM

Eric, ”
I’m still uncertain about the MicroJig. There’s just something about a full-scale splitter mounted behind or under the insert that makes me feel safer. I will continue to evaluate then decide.”
I fully agree with you but as far as I know nothing is readily available.
There is website where a guy shows how it took the arm/trunnion out and machined it to install a true riving knife on an old Unisaw, this is my ultimate goal.
One day I shall do just that.

-- Bert

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#13 posted 07-25-2012 03:58 PM

Hey Bert,

I did some measuring the sizing with paper cutouts. I think I will probably go with the MicroJig. I like the close proximity to the rear of the blade it offers. Then I will add a homemade taller splitter secured to the factory splitter mount under the insert.

I think the MicroJig will offer immediate support as the workpieces exits the rear of the blade then the taller splitter will offer “backup” support if the piece begins to bow or if the MicroJig legs snap.

I can’t think of any potential complications from using both in tandem. Of course I will want to be aware of friction resistance and smooth and wax my homemade tall splitter.

-- Eric

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#14 posted 07-25-2012 04:11 PM

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#15 posted 07-25-2012 04:49 PM

I thought the guy’s speach pattern in the second video was kinda stammering around. Well, of course! He was about to intentionally create a kickback!

-- Eric

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