|Forum topic by cpd||posted 08-21-2012 09:08 PM||1088 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
08-21-2012 09:08 PM
I just picked up a used rockwell 10” contractors table saw off craigslist. it is in pretty good shape and I plan to use it for some projects. my table saw experience is limited to shop class in high school, so I’m taking the cautious route and reading up a lot about techniques and safety before making cuts with it.
one immediate issue is that it doesn’t have the blade guard or splitter. it seems that nearly everyone recommends using a splitter, even if they prefer not to use the guard. buying a replacement from delta seems like it will be expensive or perhaps impossible (backordered?), and I also don’t think I have the necessary mounting bracket for the rear mounting point of the original splitter/guard assembly (pictured here: http://www.ereplacementparts.com/splitter-wbushing-p-84421.html)
I’m interested to hear people’s thoughts about
1) making my own splitter with an aluminum ruler like this one:
2) whether I actually need a splitter if I’m using the saw for crosscutting shorter boards of various sizes using the miter guage
3) if there is a generic/aftermarket splitter/guard that would work well and is less expensive than ordering the delta part. (for example, at the bottom of the above link there is a picture of the powermatic model 66 splitter which looks almost identical to the delta/rockwell one)
4) other necessary safety accessories (in addition to push stick and glasses).