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#1 posted 06-26-2012 04:33 AM

SawStop technology is irrelevant if you never do anything stupid. But I doubt any woodworker can claim that they never inadvertently do something stupid.

Even if you can make such a claim, wood will from time to time warp as it comes off the blade, and sometimes it will pinch the back of the blade. And if it pinches enough, the blade will throw the wood at you and do damage. No amount of experience or skill can prevent that. Only a riving knife.

I don’t have a SawStop, because they don’t make a saw that has other features I need. But I do believe in (and use) riving knives. There are very few cuts that require removal of the riving knife, and I replace the riving knife immediately after I finish those cuts.

You can retrofit an old tablesaw with a splitter, but splitters are not equivalent to a good riving knife. I wouldn’t have a saw without a riving knife.

-- Kelby

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