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Thread: Put my Gripper together yesterday.

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    Question Put my Gripper together yesterday.

    Any bets on how many cuts I made with it before I managed to put a groove down the middle support?

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    2?

    I put mine together yesterday too. No grooves yet.
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    LOL, 3 days for me, but it was on the outside 1/4" one, I now call it a dust relief track
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    It's the first time I ever took off all the safety stuff, the cover, the riving knife, the pawls.........I wonder which is safer? All that gear or the GRRripper?
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    I have a shallow groove in one of mine. Still works fine. When you are setup for the cut sight through the Grr-Ripper past the blade to confirm clearance . . . I know, I know, Now he tells me. If you order a new one, go ahead and order the 1/8" side fixture. I love that thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cynthia White View Post
    I wonder which is safer? All that gear or the GRRripper?
    You really need to quit thinking like that. Just use your head and go for it. You can get hurt just as easy, trying to be too safe.
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    I would guess it's the gripper Cynthia.

    I just ordered one from Rockler. 20% off and free shipping. I'll be lucky if I get it out of the box before I do something wrong to it.

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    5 cuts, and on the 6th, I got a nice dust relief groove!

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    I have a number of grooves on mine, and have replaced one of the outside pieces because it eventually ran out of rubber. Of course I try to adjust things to miss the blade, but I try If I do start a cut and notice that it's into one of the runners, I continue the cut. I figure that's safer than trying to stop the cut partway through. I also always check to be sure my blade height is set correctly.

    Cynthia, I know I feel safer with my Gr-rripper and MJ splitter than I do with the blade guard and factory splitter. And the pawls? They are a WAY bigger hazard than a help, in my opinion. Just always be aware of where the blade is, and where your hands are.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    I have a number of grooves on mine, and have replaced one of the outside pieces because it eventually ran out of rubber. Of course I try to adjust things to miss the blade, but I try If I do start a cut and notice that it's into one of the runners, I continue the cut. I figure that's safer than trying to stop the cut partway through. I also always check to be sure my blade height is set correctly.

    Cynthia, I know I feel safer with my Gr-rripper and MJ splitter than I do with the blade guard and factory splitter. And the pawls? They are a WAY bigger hazard than a help, in my opinion. Just always be aware of where the blade is, and where your hands are.
    my concern is when I remove my riving knife, i don't have any splitter...
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