Sharkguard and Riving knife or Sawstop Blade Guard and riving knife?

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Forum topic by PatrickIrish posted 04-30-2018 03:51 PM 768 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-30-2018 03:51 PM

I’m setting up a used 5hp industrial sawstop I just got. It’s an older model without the blade guard dust collection. Seller is currently searching for his box of brakes, inerts and riving knives for me too.

I added the sharkguard riving knife and guard to my Unisaw I’m planning to sell. For $45 I can add the Shark Guard riving knife to the sawstop and keep the shark guard blade guard with dust port. Can’t decide on which way to go.

Any info on which would be the better route? Sawstop wan’t $140 for the dust collect guard and splitter. Shark guard would be $45 essentially.

The questions/concerns are; which is better for dust collection? Is the Shark guard riving knife equal to the sawstop riving knife?

Going the shark guard riving knife route means I’d never have to take the riving knife out for dust collection.

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Fred Hargis

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#1 posted 04-30-2018 04:03 PM

Can’t reply to everything, but I can tell you I sold my ICS blade gaurd (someone with a Rigid saw wanted it) and replaced it with an Excalibur overblade guard. The SS guard does OK with a shop vac hooked to it, but not al that good with a DC (my opinion, of course). The larger connection on the Shark will give you more air flow and better dust pickup. My previous saw was a Uni with a Shark, the Shark went with it. The SS I now have has a Shark basket on the Excalibur and it really, really does well. So I guess I would say skip buying the SS guard, though I’m not sure what the riving knife issue is…wouldn’t the Shark be fastened to a splitter/riving knife when in place.

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#2 posted 04-30-2018 04:08 PM

HI Fred, thanks for the info. Funny thing is I sold a yellow excalibur that came with my Unisaw. Way too big for my setup and it paid for a bandsaw haha!

In order for a sharkguard to mount on the sawstop I need to use Sharkguards riving knife with the notches. I was just wondering if there’s any difference between the stock sawstop riving knife or the sharkguards. I doubt much if any difference.

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#3 posted 04-30-2018 09:41 PM

I got the dust collection set-up when I bought my PCS, and I replaced it with a Shark Guard. The opening in the blade guard was way to small to allow good air flow and the collection was poor (at least compared to the Shark Guard.)

I understand they have a newly designed guard, so maybe they fixed the problem.

The Shark riving knife works great, the only different being the notches to attach the Shark Guard.

-- John

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