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Posted on Please explain the difference.

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#1 posted 02-17-2017 12:11 AM

They serve the same purpose, but have some differences. A splitter does not raise and lower with the blade, though some can tilt, and others are fixed in place. A riving knife raises, lowers, and tilts, and is generally in closer proximity to the blade. There are good and bad examples of both, so I don’t view either as absolutely better. A good riving knife is the better mouse trap IMO.

IIRC, UL approval required riving knives on all new saws after 2009.

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