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Forum topic by woodman71 posted 05-04-2013 10:48 PM 728 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-04-2013 10:48 PM

I have a 2005 delta x5 unisaw I want to buy a splitter and was looking online and then riving knifes came up. what is the different of the two and does anyone have this saw that can help me a decision. Any help you guys can give me thanks woodman .

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#1 posted 05-04-2013 11:03 PM

A splitter is either fixed, or can tilt with the blade, but is always a fixed height. A riving knife can raise, lower, and tilt with the blade, and is typically in closer proximity of the blade, but some fixed splitters are just about as close if the blade is fully raised. Both essentially perform the same task, but a riving knife is the more effective design if executed well (there are good and bad examples of each). There are many aftermarket splitters available. Riving knives are generally proprietary to a particular saw…mainly new saws, but there is only one aftermarket riving knife that I’m aware of. It’s called the BORK (Bolt On Ripping Knife) and it can be retrofitted to some older saws that don’t have stock riving knives, the Unisaw being one of them. There’s also a blade guard for it. I’ve had one on my Shop Fox saw since 2008, and have been very happy with it.

There are also some shop made riving knives around.

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#2 posted 05-04-2013 11:04 PM

Scott’s explanation’s are always spot on.

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