11:16AM | 12/14/04
Member Since: 12/13/04
2 lifetime posts
Hello All,

I just starting out in woodworking and bought a used Makita 2708 table saw. It didn't have a splitter or safety guard so I ordered one from Makita (still waiting for it to arrive). I also went out and bought a new blade for it and at the advice of the salesperson got a thin kerf blade.

Later that evening I was watching a video on table saw techniques and of course most of it focused on safety and the importance of using the guard and splitter etc. Then I started thinking...if the thin kerf blade is thinner than the splitter, would that cause any safety issues or any accuracy issues?

The reason I thought this was becuase, if the splitter is wider (granted by a small fraction of an inch) wouldn't that force the piece being cut into the front edge of the blade?

Please set me straight! Any advice would be much appreciated.



05:26PM | 12/14/04
Member Since: 06/06/03
1250 lifetime posts
Welcome pkeolaching,

Congrats on your saw, and hats off for looking at the video and for heeding safety advice!

I should mention that there are probably hundreds of table saw tricks and techniques (if not more). A lot of these are really cool--so education really pays off with this tool.

The splitter is thinner than the thin-kerf blade. But splitter alignment does become more critical with the thin-kerf.

Since you just acquired the saw, you'll want to check all its adjustments--there are quite a few. Even in regular usage, things get out of whack somewhat.

By the way, personally, I really like Freud's combination blades. Expensive, but worth it.


-k2 in CO

Moderator, Miscellaneous Forum


09:23PM | 12/15/04
Member Since: 12/13/04
2 lifetime posts
Hi K2,

Thank you for the reply. I am waiting anxiously for the guard and splitter to arrive! There is much adjusting to be done on this saw...slowly but surely.

Thanks again!


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