Decent used contractor table saw that takes a riving knife... what to look for?

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Forum topic by chodaranger posted 06-25-2017 09:10 PM 1157 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-25-2017 09:10 PM

Topic tags/keywords: table saw riving knife used

It seems like every contractor’s saw that comes up on Craigslist is a 20 year old murder machine.

I’m just looking for a decent tool, that runs on standard voltage, and supports a riving knife.

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#1 posted 06-25-2017 09:22 PM

Pretty much any saw you will run across on CL had a splitter from the factory… even though it may have been removed by a PO at some time. A riving knife is just a splitter, and were not really used until ~2009 and later.


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#2 posted 06-25-2017 09:42 PM

I’ve used saws without riving knifes for years and I’m still okay. You can buy after market splitters that will attach to any throat plate. Sounds like if you are that concerned than you need to just go ahead and by the saw stop.

-- Grayson - South Carolina

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#3 posted 06-25-2017 09:56 PM

Unless you’re doing something like making
blanks for segmented turning, you won’t
tilt the blade much. Really. Most cuts in
cabinet and furniture making are 90 degrees.

For that you can fit a Micro-jig splitter or make
your own.

If you are serious about preventing kickback,
look for a saw with a Unifence or make your
own auxiliary fence that stops a wee bit short
of the front of the blade. Short fences are
mandated on European saws.

For that matter, European saws have supported
riving knives for 40 years or more. INCA,
Kity, Felder, Roland, and other European
makes of table saw would be a good choice if
you want a riving knife. Used saws are sometimes
missing accessory parts, and so while making
a riving knife for a saw that supports one is not
a big deal in the greater scheme of things,
it’s worth looking for a saw that’s complete.

You also might be more comfortable ripping
with a band saw. They don’t kick back.

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#4 posted 06-25-2017 11:21 PM

I bought a grizzly contractor saw in 2007 that does not support a riving knife. For grizzly, I think you need 2010 or newer.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#5 posted 06-27-2017 04:42 AM

Thanks for the replies so far. Great advice.

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