Unisaw splitter question and tool gloat?

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Forum topic by cdhilburn posted 02-04-2015 01:33 PM 1102 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-04-2015 01:33 PM

Topic tags/keywords: unisaw jet jointer planer splitter riving knife tool gloat

My tool luck has been incredible as of late. I picked up a Ridgid oscillating belt sander for $70 and the same guy gave me a 1970’s Rockwell/Delta RAS. It wasn’t running but new wiring to the motor did the trick. The next day I see a post for a Jet 15” planer for $300, Jet 8” jointer for $375 and I contact the guy and made a deal. When I got there, he offered me his Platinum Unisaw with mobile base, Forrest Dado King stack, Forrest WWII, another dado stack, Jessem mitre gauge, two sleds, roller stands, push sticks, Jet dust collector with Penn State cartride filter, etc. for an additional $1,000. It all was like new. I had a talk with the wife and she said that she couldn’t kill me when I got home so I laid the cash down. It’s a lot of money but a lot of tools for $1,675. The planer new is worth more than that…at least that’s what I told the wife!!!

On to my question…Any ideas on a splitter for this model of Unisaw? I have been using a 4511 for several years and bought an after market riving knife that was great and I really like the security and safety it offers. The guard the saw has is the one that folds over the back when not in use which is really inconvenient because I have my workbench as the outfeed right behind the saw.

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#1 posted 02-04-2015 01:47 PM

I dont have any first hand experience on the splitter issue, but let me be the first to say …


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#2 posted 02-04-2015 01:51 PM

The Beisemeier snap in splitter is a very good one, but I’m thinking it’s been discontinued for the older Unisaws. My recommendation would be 2: check this post, and/or 2) consider adding a Shark Guard. The Shark has an oveblade basket that’s great for DC, but it also comes with a really nice splitter. Congrats, that sounds like really got a buy on all that stuff.

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#3 posted 02-04-2015 02:18 PM

You filthy bastard. Good haul.

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#4 posted 02-04-2015 03:30 PM

Yowser!’ve done extremely well! Congrats.

I’ve had a BORK on my Shop Fox W1677 since they came out in 2008, that I’ve been happy with. He’s made several updates to improve it. It’s a retrofit for several older pre-riving knife saws, and as such, it’s not as slick as a proprietary riving knife designed from the ground up to go with a specific saw, but it works, and works well once setup properly. It should fit your Unisaw.

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#5 posted 02-04-2015 03:56 PM

I will look into those. Thanks for making me feel better about raiding the savings account on a whim!!! Only in this setting is name calling a compliment….awesome!!!

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