I’m planning to buy a SawStop PCS, but I’m trying to get a better understanding of the standard safety equipment which is also available on other saws.
Let me know if I’ve got this right. For now, ignore aftermarket equipment.
- You can only use the blade guard and anti-kickback pawls with the splitter
- You can’t make non-through cuts with the splitter, but you can with the riving knife
- The SawStop’s splitter raises and lowers with the blade (like a riving knife), so it’s safer than the older-style splitters that remained fixed and left a gap when the blade was lowered
- You can’t attach the blade guard to the splitter—and if you could, doing so would prevent you from making non-through cuts
Now a few limitations I’m not so sure about. Again, ignore aftermarket equipment for now.
- You can’t (or wouldn’t want to) use the pawls with the blade tilted
- You can’t use the blade guard with the blade tilted
- Even if you have the overarm dust collection add-on, you can still only attach the SawStop blade guard to the splitter
- You can use a riving knife for any cut except a dado or cove
Given this safety equipment and its limitations, it seems like a reliable overarm blade guard would solve all the limitations of a standard splitter- or riving knife-mounted blade guard.
What are some other features or limitations of the standard safety equipment that I’ve missed?
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