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Splitter

July 31, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

A stationary blade of metal or plastic that holds the kerf open behind the blade. This prevents the wood from closing in and pinching the back of the blade and prevents the stock from getting pinched between the blade and the fence, both of which will cause kickback.

A more useful variation of the splitter is the riving knife. Riving knives are becoming the norm in the US since as of 2009, Underwriters Laboratories (UL) requires that all new table saw designs include this improved version of a splitter.

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