riving knife/blade guard pm66

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Forum topic by sawedoff posted 05-05-2013 12:23 AM 1345 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-05-2013 12:23 AM

So I have a pm66 (2000 model) that I bought about 6 months ago. It came with a riving knife and blade guard attachment. I have yet to use it. Id like to hear the pros and cons of using this. To me it just seems as if it would get in the way. Btw, I mainly cut 8/4 and 4/4 hardwood and 3/4 plywood. Thanks in advance


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#1 posted 05-05-2013 12:46 AM

I have the older PM66 and replaced the blade guard with a SharkGuard. Mine does the job of both for ripping and crosscutting and provides great dust collection. However, it doesn’t work for dados or when you need to tilt the blade. FWIW

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#2 posted 05-05-2013 01:18 AM

Well I have a delta and it does not have those attached I wish I did looking in to get one . If your cutting 8/4 you really should be using your riving knife your must not had the back of your blade get pinch yet. I have and have been lucky enough not to have any thing happen came close to having a kick back i stop the saw . But it scared me enough to say i will be get a splitter if not a riving knife. The pros it stop the back of the blade from get pinch and if you have the anti kick back fingers that a plus to I don’t much more than that but with the riving knife you cut your chance of kick back down a lot.

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#3 posted 05-05-2013 03:25 AM

A riving knife is a hair thinner than the teeth of the blade
and set very close to the back of the blade and travels
on a special mechanism on a saw with a single pivot
pin to change the blade height. On a saw with linear
up/down travel the riving knife is attached differently.

A splitter mounts further back and does not travel
up and down when the blade is raised or lowered.

I always use the guard when possible. I’ve met too
many woodworkers who can’t play the piano anymore.

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