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#1 posted 02-17-2017 09:05 PM

Hmmmm. Thought I answered your question about interference of the guard with lowering the blade. Apparently it got lost in the cloud, wherever that is.

Yes, if you leave the guard on the RK, it will prevent lowering of the blade unless it’s designed taller to keep it higher than the blade. But then you would lose one of the RK’s advantages, which is that you can leave it in place when doing non-through, or blind, cuts. Personally, I don’t use a guard, though I did get a freestanding over-arm unit off Craigslist. Haven’t installed it yet. That is one way to go. Many of us who have been around saws for decades don’t use the guards, largely because the standard model (pre riving knife) were in the way and poorly designed. I still have all my fingers, but can’t speak for the other guys (and gals). Use of push shoes (not sticks) helps a lot. When I was much younger, I would sometimes push through a board with barely enough room between the blade and the fence for my fingers (always gritting my teeth, of course). Hence my user name. But I got older and wiser and decided to keep my digits.

To lower the blade all the way, you will probably have to remove the guard (not the RK), but I don’t know how much of a PIA that is. I notice in Grizzly’s catalog that most of their photos of their saws show just the shark fin- shaped riving knife but no guard. But I know they do have a guard available, and the RK is a different shape for that kind.

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