A riving knife is different from a splitter. It raises and lowers with
the blade and hugs the blade very closely. I think it can stay on even
when doing a dado.
American woodworkers have asked for riving knifes for years while
Europeans have had them for years or probably decades.
The industrial cabinet saw is a 1 3/4 hp. hybrid type saw, basically a
contractor type saw only the motor is enclosed in the base. Not in the same
league as the 3hp or better unisaw, but it costs right around $1000. --dave
On 6 Feb 2006 19:54:52 -0800, email@example.com wrote:
Made in China vs. made in America.
You can get a true Unisaw (but not X5) with free freight and free
mobile base, choice of tilt, choice of unifence or bies for $1599 at
woodworkers supply. IMHO a better deal than the hybrid.
Look to see where the trunnions attach. If they attach to the table
top, there's a huge difference. If they attach to the cabinet, not so
big a difference.
I know at one point Rockler was firesaling these things for like $900.
You might check there, too.
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