Splitter

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  1. Paul A Andrews

    Paul A Andrews

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    I just bought a 10 year old Delta hybrid saw which of course doesn't have a riving knife. The best solution I have been able to find is the Micro Jig splitter, which a friend of mine has endorsed as being very good. Anybody have experience with them or have another suggestion?
     
  2. Jamie Straw

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    Will Delta's "disappearing splitter" work on that saw? It's one I plan to buy for my Unisaw. Here's the link, advantage is you have kickback pawls with it.
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...ue&ref_=ox_sc_sfl_title_10&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER
     
  3. JeffSmith

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    I've used them for several years on an older hybrid saw - they work great. Not absolutely certain they're from the same source, but I've got two different versions - one is all plastic and I've had to replace them once after a lot of hard use; the other set has larger mounting pegs, has two different splitters that vary the distance slightly from the fence and have a metal gut surrounded by plastic. These have been in use for several years now without a failure. That may seem impressive, but since swearing off flatwork unless absolutely necessary, the table saw has been much more table than saw for several years.

    Now that the new shop appears to be gaining momentum (finally) I'll be using it quite a bit as I get caught up on all the new house/shop/office projects that are accumulating.
     
  4. Paul A Andrews

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  5. Bill Boehme

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    I bought the Micro Jig splitter about fifteen years ago at a woodworking show. I'm not sure where it is now ... somewhere in a drawer. I think that I used it a couple times. They were only good for 90° cuts which is one reason that I didn't care much about them. Also, those early ones seemed rather flimsy. They were fairly primitive back then ... no drill guide, just a couple plastic tabs. I didn't really need them because I already had the stock splitter as well as the quick disconnect one that is a part of the Uniguard overarm blade guard. My favorite is the quick disconnect splitter, but you probably have to buy the whole package and not just the splitter. I thought about the Delta push-down splitter that Jamie mentioned, but never got it. Too bad, now you're out of luck for getting Delta parts on almost everything ... I hope that nothing breaks.
     
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  6. Jamie Straw

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    Well, the Merlin splitter I used to use is no longer being made. Next up is the Shark Guard, which has been around for many years and evidently improved along the way. You could check out the web site, and perhaps call him to get more info. He makes splitters and riving knives for various Delta saws, and guards also.
    http://www.thesharkguard.com/sharksplitter.php
     
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  8. John Terdik

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    BY ALL MEANS use a splitter!!!!! I have a Dewalt 10 Woodworker's Table Saw with 30 Rails - DW746X and it had a fixed splitter when originally purchased. I was not the original owner and did not get the splitter when I got the saw. On night when cutting a 1/4" piece of plywood, just as I started to reach with my left hand to turn off the saw I had a searing pain in my left wrist and almost immediately a BIG bump about the size of a silver dollar. The next day I made a fixed splitter out of an old handsaw blade (see the image). JGT Temp fix.jpg
    After that I found an article where a riving knife had been added to the saw. As it turned out this was an offering on saws sold in Europe but not the US. I managed to get the info for the parts I needed and will have them next week. For me the total cost for all of the parts and shipping comes to just over $200.
    It will be a couple of weeks before I can install the part but it should look something like the following when I complete the installation.
    DW746 Riving Knife 01.jpg
    Try looking for the same saw in Europe. If you find it, then the parts MUST be shipped to somebody in Europe (hopefully the same country where you found the parts). Then that person can ship the parts to you. I was lucky and have a friend in Hungary and Dewalt in Hungary could get the parts.
     
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  9. john lucas

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    Glad you weren't hurt. None of my saws have come with a splitter. I am very careful to align the blade to fence carefully and have only had one kick back. It would have happened with our without a splitter. What happened was I was cutting 3" square blocks using the fence as a stop along with my miter gauge. I had learned years ago to put a scrap of wood on the fence that ends before the blade so you have space between the wood and fence. You have 3/4" of space between the cutoff and the fence. However I was cutting 3" square block and when they rotate due to vibration the diagonal is longer than 3 and 3/4". That small piece hit the blade and hit me really hard. I now use a 6" spacer against the fence.
     
  10. Douglas Ladendorf

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    My first splitter was a shop-made zero clearance insert with a slip of wood glued in similar to this (found on web).

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    Now I have a Shark Guard that can be used as just a splitter, or with the anti-kickback pawls and guard. The dust collection is a great benefit as dust poses long term health concerns.

    Doug
     
  11. Kelly Craig

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    I'm sad to hear the Merlin Splitter is no longer sold. I bought mine about ten years back. It's mounted on my left tilt Unisaw and I wouldn't be without it. Since installing it, I've never had a kick back, but have experienced MANY occasions in which the wood became extremely difficult to push.

    It's well built and I've only had to adjust it a couple times. Except for the quick release (a push button), it'd be easy to duplicate. The spliter could be cut from metal stock using a saber saw and the rest of the stock could be fashioned from round stock. Any good machinist could thread it and make the plates.

    Anyway, it was a bargain at a couple hundred back then.


     
  12. Jamie Straw

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    Geez, is that how much I paid for it? Memory long gone now. It was a pretty good accessory, though. I threw it in with the sale of my Jet contractor saw when the Unisaw came along. Some day, I'll get the Delta disappearing splitter for the Unisaw.
     

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