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Posted on UniSaw and SawStop TSA-ODC Over-Arm Dust Collection Assembly

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#1 posted 11-02-2018 08:24 PM

I have a SawStop PCS and while I think the blade guard works well, I’d say it’s main advantage is the way it can be removed and replaced very quickly. Many people seem to find removing and replacing a blade guard hard enough they just chuck the thing in a corner and don’t use it at all.

So unless there is a way to do that on your saw, I’d look at one of the overarm guards that doesn’t attach to the saw near the blade. Unless of course, if one of the systems that attaches to the saw will work with your saw and allows quick removal, then that would be good. But I think that would require that the splitter have a quick remove feature like the SawStop. Or maybe it’s enough if the guard removes from the splitter fast, and the splitter then functions like a riving knife.

I don’t know what is available, but I think being able to remove or move the guard in and out of place easily is perhaps the most important thing to ensure you use it as often as possible.

Something else to consider, keep in mind your accident doesn’t fundamentally change your odds of having another one. So if you had it to do over, and could go back in time and replace your saw with a SawStop, knowing you were going to have this accident, would you?

-- Clin

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