I'm a hobbyist with a new Grizzley G1022SM table saw. The splitter/blade
guard attachment seems to be more trouble than it is worth. It seems
impossible to get it aligned perfectly; unless it's perfectly aligned, the
splitter pushes the wood enough to throw off the cut. I'm wondering if this
device is worth the trouble? Seems to me that it might be more to protect
idiots from hurting themselves than actually performing a useful function.
The anti-kickback claws scratch the wood as they go by, too.
And while I'm at it, I have a good deal of vibration, although I've tinkered
with the motor alignment a lot. Will investing in a better belt help reduce
the vibration (I have the standard old belt type that I've seen on cars
since I was a kid)? Thanks for any input.
I have the Grizz Z series contractor saw and the same problems with the
I took mine off but on that question you are on your own.
As far a the vibration goes pick up a link belt.Once the pulleys are
aligned,most if not all the vibration should disappear.
I worked for many years without a good splitter, and I didn't realize
what I was missing until I got the Biese popup a couple of years ago.
Basically, you will take so much stress out of your life if you get a
good splitter that you won't believe it, it makes working around the
saw fun instead of something you dread. Also, your cuts will
improve, because a good splitter will help keep the stock against the
fence. And yes, they are a pain to get aligned the first time,
especially the Biese.
A good guard is great, too, but go for a good splitter first.
Two weeks ago I made just one simple rip cut without the guard. The
push stick touched the blade and came back into my hand (note the use
of the word "into") at roughly the speed of light. The net was eight
stiches to close a very messy wound. Fortunately my health insurance
pays for almost everything, but the bill is currently up to $1,700 US.
It's going to be a long time before I ever make a cut without the
guard again! Be careful!
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