Would you buy a used zero clearance table saw insert?

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Forum topic by Furnitude posted 05-01-2014 05:35 PM 1060 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-01-2014 05:35 PM

I just put a full kerf table saw blade up for sale on Ebay so I can switch to using a thin kerf blade on my Ridgid R4512. I’m considering selling the zero clearance insert because I don’t think I’ll have use for it anymore. I know they are supposed to be sort of calibrated to a particular saw, but for someone using a full kerf blade, wouldn’t that work out ok? Just wondering if anyone would buy a used one they didn’t calibrate on their own saw. Thanks.

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#1 posted 05-01-2014 05:44 PM

Not an answer to your question, but why not keep the full kerf blade for construction-type uses, to keep that abuse off your thin kerf blade?

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#2 posted 05-01-2014 05:53 PM

I wouldn’t buy a used zero-clearance insert, but if it was included with the blade and I had the same type of saw, I might give it a try to see if it pretty much matches my saw’s calibration.

That said, you might as well keep the insert and maybe the blade, too, for the same reason Ed mentioned.

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#3 posted 05-01-2014 06:58 PM

Unfortunately, I need to sell the blade to be able to afford buying a thin kerf. Otherwise, I’d keep it.

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#4 posted 05-01-2014 10:57 PM

Repurpose the ZCI for a dado stack….

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#5 posted 05-02-2014 02:54 AM

I wouldn’t buy a used one, partly due to the fact they’re so easy to make, but keeping the one you have wouldn’t be a bade idea. It could be used for a dado as already mentioned or if you get another full kerf blade sometime in the future.

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#6 posted 05-02-2014 02:59 AM

I’m of the same opinion as bigblockyeti. They are too easy to make, I would never buy one.

-- Wood Chuck (Bruce)

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#7 posted 05-02-2014 03:03 PM

Thanks, folks. I’ll hold on to it and see what I can come up with.

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#8 posted 05-02-2014 04:04 PM

I wouldn’t buy a new ZCI, I make my own. Use it for dado’s or angled cuts.

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#9 posted 05-03-2014 06:23 PM

Once a ZCI has been used once, it is no longer a ZCI with any other blade or saw. No two saws/blades will cut the same. One blade; one saw; one insert.

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