Fine Woodworking‘s interesting article on riving knives has got us a little excited about new table saws. If you don’t know, last year Underwriter Laboratories made Euro-style riving knives mandatory on all new table saws. Fine Woodworking’s coverage of IWF shows how manufacturers are answering the new standard –- the short answer is “stylishly.”
Riving knives provide added protection from that dreaded adversary of all table saw operators, kickback — a nasty, devilish creature that can send boards back at you at astonishing speed or can drag your hands into the business end. A riving knife located right behind the blade in the kerf separates and cuts any material that might produce this horrid effect.
In general, aftermarket mods have been a bit clunky in past years — but with the new standard in effect, saw builders are getting the mod done right and with surprising grace. We like both the integrated style and the added safety.
Great News At IWF 2008 [Taunton]