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Forum topic by tengallonhat posted 11-07-2013 04:30 PM 618 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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tengallonhat

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11-07-2013 04:30 PM

I’ve found a ‘like-new’ Brett guard for under $300 that includes the overarm mounting rail (Retail on Amazon in $650). I have a Grizzly G1023RL with a riving knife. I’m wondering what opinions people have on the Brett guard (with Riving knife installed) vs. the Shark guard. It looks like both are great pieces of equipment.

The biggest difference being the size of the dust port on the new Shark guards at 4” vs. 2.5” on the Brett. And being able to make non-through cuts with the Brett guard. Given prices being roughly equal, I ‘d like to hear what you would choose.

Thanks!


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#1 posted 11-07-2013 08:06 PM

could you show some pics please ? Alistair

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#2 posted 11-07-2013 08:12 PM

Here are some links to product information:

Shark Guard:
http://www.leestyron.com/sharkgriz.php

Brett Guard

The Shark Guard replaces the existing riving knife/splitter setup (and in some cases might add this feature). The Brett is an overarm guard that bolts to the back fence rail.

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#3 posted 11-07-2013 08:19 PM

I don’t like any guard that mounts to a splitter or riving knife. They interfere with sleds and other appliances, and are useless any time you’re not through cutting, for example: dados, rabbets, and kerfing.

In my experience, my guards that attached to the spltter always ended up off the saw. I like my overarm guard so much, I kept it when I sold my General 650 and bought a SawStop ICS.

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#4 posted 11-07-2013 08:25 PM

Cessna – What overarm guard do you have? Is it the Brett or a different one?

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#5 posted 11-07-2013 08:36 PM

I’d go with the overarm guard. I have a guard mounted to
my saw’s riving knife, and it’s fine and I’m not in a hurry
to replace it, but it does require a bit of fiddling now and
then when I have to take it off and replace it. An overarm
guard would solve that hassle mostly, but realistically the
time savings would tend to be minor for the type of
work I do.

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#6 posted 11-07-2013 08:46 PM

I have the stock guard that came with the G1023RL and it’s actually not bad at all. The only thing I really wish it had was some kind of dust collection. It is a little fiddly, but I think the Shark guard is kind of in a league of it’s own in terms of riving knife mounted guards. So it might not be a fair comparison to lump it in as another riving knife attached guard. I am hoping someone with the Shark Guard can comment on that.

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#7 posted 11-07-2013 08:55 PM

I have an Excalibur. I’m not familiar with the Brett, as I stopped looking when I bought the Excalibur in 2002, so I can’t comment specifically on that one.

My hit list for a new guard would include no splitter connection, dust collection, easy swing away and back, tool-free height hold or counter balance adjustment, and tool-free complete removal, for when it truly has to be out of the way.

100% of all my 90 and 45 degree crosscuts with a 90 degree blade setting are done with sleds, and my saw is my preferred method of cutting jointery, like dovetail tailboards, dados, rabbets, and tenons, as well as splines and mitered box sides, hence my dislike of splitter mounted versions.

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