Riving Knife and Grr-Ripper or Spreader/Guard?

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Forum topic by tengallonhat posted 10-14-2013 08:54 PM 1038 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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10-14-2013 08:54 PM

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I recently picked up a Grizzly G1023RLW cabinet saw. It’s the first modern saw I’ve ever owned. My current saw is a 1957 Craftsman Hybrid Cabinet saw. I’ve never used a splitter or riving knife, but I have had mostly success ripping using two Grr-Rippers hand over hand. Especially ripping less than 4” strips.

It looks like my options in this scenario are to go with the guard and give up the Grr-rippers or give up the guard to use them. I’ve grown to like the amount of control you have with the Grr-rippers, but have always been weary of the over the blade motion they require.

I was curious to hear what people end up doing in these situations. I realize a lot of people discard the guard entirely given it can get cumbersome, but I figured I might at least give it a shot before I rule it out.

I’m excited that I can have a riving knife option in both scenarios with this new saw. The spreader appears to move with the blade the same way the riving knife does.

Option 1 – No anti-kickback pawls and no guard. But use a riving knife and Grr-rippers for through cuts.
Option 2 – Pawls and guard. Forego the Grr-rippers. Still has a riving knife.
Option 3 – ?

What would you do? ( I realize this is a somewhat religious question, so I’m not looking for a right answer. Just some for view points).

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#1 posted 10-14-2013 09:40 PM

Your option #1 is what I do.
My grippers are shop made, but I feel safer with them than the guard.
When you get right down to it, the guard is only useful for a limited number of rip cuts, no dado cuts and no cross cuts using a sled.
I didn’t throw mine away, I keep it right near the saw, but it does collect a lot of dust.

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