I've been subconciously aware for a few months that use of my table saw
seems easier and safer. Yeah, that's a weird statement. I bet everyone who
uses a tablesaw can relate to the idea that you gain a kind of feel or sense
for how cut is going through experience.
Well, sifting through possibilities and ruling out that I'm getting soft in
the head, I realize what's changed. I used a little splitter device from
Mesa (Grip-tite) folks for about a year. Then I switched to the microjig
splitter (GRRRipper folks). I thought it was way overpriced. But what you
really pay for is all the design and testing time that went into the final
product. I read somewhere that Henry Wang went through several hundred
iterations in designing the GRRRipper. He also tried to have it
manufactured overseas but could not get the quality he wanted in the
production model so has it built in the USA (that may have changed - I don't
Anyway back to the original point - I haven't had anything close to a pucker
factor cut on my table saw since I started using the MJ splitter. I must be
getting really good. :-)
Mine's still in great shape after over a year of (unfortunately) light
use. Just be sure to double check that the blade is set to go through
the channel between the runners. I've almost run the blade down the
center of them a couple of times.
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