New on Our Blog: Setting Up Factory Blade Guard Systems (Editor's Note: Join us every day for new posts from the web's best woodworkers. You can check out our past content on our new blog page.) When set up properly, factory blade guards are easy to use and offer another level of protection for the operator. Frustration with factory table saw blade guards is uncomfortably common today. Unfortunately, new woodworkers hear or read misleading remarks labeling factory blade guards as "dangerous" or "worthless" and some within another generation of woodworkers take potentially debilitating chances in a hobby meant to be fun. Making sure that the splitter/riving knife itself is flat is important. Naturally, the truth about factory blade guard / splitter assemblies lies somewhere closer to the middle of the road. Splitter/Riving Knife Setup The splitter/riving knife must be centered on the blade, not "cheated" to one side or the other. First, be sure that the splitter/riving knife is flat.
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