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bbc557ci

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02-02-2014 09:20 PM

Ok, not a riving knife, I know that. But it will get me by until I decide on a more permanent fix/solution.

btw…. I can see why, or better how, BORK and others get +150.00 for their riving knives. I cut the splitter from a length of 2 in. x 1/8 in. mild steel I had. Had to grind/sand/file/thin it down to get it to work. Little sucker took about 3 hours to make up. But it works well. The pin holds it in place and it will not pop out of position. Yet I can remove it in about 2 seconds if I need to. I made it so it hangs over the insert about 1/4” to 5/16” or so, so it will help keep the insert in place.

-- Bill, central NY...no where near the "big apple"


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#1 posted 02-02-2014 09:30 PM

Foes it move up and down with the blade?

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#2 posted 02-02-2014 09:38 PM

Nope, not a riving knife, splitter only.

-- Bill, central NY...no where near the "big apple"

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#3 posted 02-02-2014 09:41 PM

good post bill
i got a uni too
and finding a splitter has been troubling for it
as it is an older model
before splitters came in fashion

thanks

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 02-02-2014 09:54 PM

patron – mine is a 34-459 right tilt…1994 I believe so not really that old, as far as Uni’s go. Some things are tough to find for a righty. Been looking for an OEM insert. Those seem a bit hard to find too. Could make one but I’d like to clean’r up restore back to original at some point.

-- Bill, central NY...no where near the "big apple"

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#5 posted 02-02-2014 10:01 PM

If it is just a splitter, did you consider an MJ splitter—seems like a lot less work.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#6 posted 02-02-2014 10:03 PM

Over a decade after removing the factory splitter I made one from plastic and it worked/works great except I kept forgetting to remove it for non-through cuts and before tilting the blade so I removed it and am splitterless again.

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#7 posted 02-02-2014 10:19 PM

If it is just a splitter, did you consider an MJ splitter—seems like a lot less work

I did. Just didn’t care for them.

-- Bill, central NY...no where near the "big apple"

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#8 posted 02-02-2014 10:29 PM

thanks again bill

mine is left tilt
got it when they first came out
about 13 years ago
have read all about the bork problems
and seen the plastic ones too
didn’t like them either

your solution seems doable
and a good way to make one work right
for now anyway
maybe delta will make one someday for guys like us
if they ever get back on track

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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bbc557ci

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#9 posted 02-02-2014 10:37 PM

patron – Not hard to make at all, if you have or can find steel that’s the right thickness. Most of my time was spent thinning the 1/8 inch stuff, without the right tools it’s a PIA. If I had a piece about .105 – .110 I think I could have been done in about 30 minutes LOL. I have a metal cutting band saw and cutting out the profile would go quick!!

-- Bill, central NY...no where near the "big apple"

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#10 posted 02-10-2014 01:53 AM

14 gauge steel seems a perfect fit for a TK blade in my experience. If you have access to a steel supplier, cut a kerf a couple inches long in a piece of stable wood, and take it along on your shopping trip. That way you can tell immediately whether it will be a proper fit. Be sure there are no burrs on the piece of steel you’re looking at, as they could throw off the test.

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