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knotscott

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#1 posted 07-19-2016 06:11 PM


That s quite a good point. I didn t think about the lack of riving knife. Dust collection is also a big ticket feature.
When I watch all these YouTube videos of guys using table saws confidently without any kind of blade guard or even a riving knife, it frankly freaks me out. I do understand that if you ve squared your fence up to the blade (and/or blade to the miter slots) then your chance of kickback is significantly lessened. But still … the riving knife thing—seems like a really significant value-add for a new woodworker like myself.

My alternate to a find like this is to go with the R4512. We ve got a few hundred in store credit at HD, and I m pretty sure I understand how to check the blade tracking in the parking lot to make sure I ve picked up a “good” unit or not.

In any case, the seller for this saw DID get back to me and we ll try to meet up when he gets back into town. Might be worth a look-see either way.

- Ian S

A stock blade guard and splitter shouldn’t be too hard to come by for an older Craftsman contractor saw. You can also add something like the Microjig splitter….not quite as elegant as a good riving knife, but still effective at preventing kickback from pinching.

Food for thought – I would still be tempted to score the old Cman saw at $150 even if you end up with a newer saw like the R4512…..I’d put the Shop Fox fence and and Cman wings on the new saw, and would sell the stock R4512 fence, wings, Cman motor, and accessories as individual parts….Or just switch fences and wings, and resell the Cman saw as a complete saw with the Ridgid fence and wings for ~ $125. For $25 out of pocket you’d gain a Shop Fox Classic fence and the grated cast iron wings.

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