Right. Conveying a long board into a cut is an advantage for the
the conformable bottom on the tool allows a better hold of contoured
materials for the
When feeding a long board, my hands are already a
safe distance from the blade.
What exactly is the obsession with not sawing off
fingers? A bit of caution is a good thing, but go
overboard, and you might as well not use a
tablesaw at all.
There was a thread on it recently--if you look for it on Google Groups
you should find it.
Bottom line is that it works nicely, does what they say it does, in
principle you can make a workalike without much trouble, in practice
making a workalike is more effort than it's worth unless you're just
doing it for the exercise.
The reviews on Amazon glow. Other information--including manuals--are
available on www.microjig.com,
the manufacturer. eBay offers the best prices, including the pairs
that appear to be optimal. Not cheap but
what does your first bloodletting cost?
Not a solution looking for a problem, these things are great and as others
have said, get a pair. They come with a jack leg that will support the
gripper when cutting narrow stock. This prevents the pusher from tilting.
It is handy to have one ready with the jack leg adjustment when you are in a
ripping production mode and you stock is narrower than the gripper.
Check that www.microjig.com website.
Microjig also offers two
accessories besides the MJ handle: an attachment that allows cutting
thin as 1/8" and a transparent plate for deflecting chips and,
connecting two grippers side-by-side on wide stock.
A lot of folk using this report they are able to do away with the
or at least adjust it--in certain applications--to apply less tension
workpiece, reducing pinching of the workpiece and kickback.
It would be nice if the system was not spendy but as you imply 4
fingers on each
hand is good. By the way, in Spanish, all the digits are "dedos"
(fingers), so your
handle would lose a bit of the ambiguity if you're ever translating.
I guess my opinion is somewhere in between the rest. My opinion is
this is a good safety accessory for a pretty high price.
You can make suitable safety accessories yourself for little cost and
some time, or you can purchase them. Your choice. If you decide to
purchase, the Grr-ripper is the best I've seen.
I made my own before the Grr-ripper became available, and I am
satisfied I am operating safely. If I had to choose today, I'd do the
same, thinking my time is hobby time and making my own is worth it
because I enjoy doing it.
Others feel their time is more valuably spent on more "productive"
work. Which I believe is reasonable point of view as well. Just not
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