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Posted on Please explain the difference.

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#1 posted 02-17-2017 05:36 AM

Shim the riving knife, not the blade.

If your riving knife is too thick, you can either get a thin kerf one from Ryobi (I can’t believe they wouldn’t make one), or make your own from 14 gauge mild steel plate. Another way is to cut one out of an old saw blade. Just be sure the body of the blade is thinner than your saw’s blade (don’t measure at the teeth, as they are wider than the blade body).

You should not need to remove a properly fitted and adjusted RK for most cuts, including non-through cuts (i.e. blind cuts). That is one of the main advantages of the RK.

As for anti kickback pawls, I have never been impressed with them. Seem too flimsy, and often in the way. The RK will prevent most kickbacks all by itself.

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