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No reason to operate a table saw without one. However.
The riving knife's job is to make sure that when you rip down a piece of lumber, the stresses in the wood don't make it close up on the blade and kick on you.
You -Can- operate the saw without, but I wouldn't do any ripping of hardwood with it.
Posted on May 28, 2011, 12:13 PM
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Snowtroll, May 30, 2011