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pkeolaching

11:16AM | 12/14/04
Member Since: 12/13/04
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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.

Thanks!

k2

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.

Regards,

-k2 in CO

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pkeolaching

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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