MJ Splitter

Professional Reviews

Best New Tool 2004 - Popular Woodworking Magazine

"...make your saw 30 times safer with the Micro Jig (Splitter)."

This year the price of safety has been lowered to just $20. And the number of reasons for not having a splitter on your table saw has been reduced to zero. The Micro Jig Splitter is the simple answer to a variety of problems with current table saw designs. Stock splitters are flimsy, hard to adjust and nigh impossible to remove and replace. Most aftermarket splitters are pricey (up to $130). Many of us have vowed to make a homemade splitter, few ever do.

In just 30 minutes you can make your saw 30 times safer with the Micro Jig. The splitter is a small wafer of tough polycarbonate plastic, and it fits snugly behind your blade to greatly reduce the chance of kickback. And – most importantly – it’s easy to remove and replace when you need to make dado, bevel or through-cuts. And it costs only about $20 (a thin-kerf version sells for $25 to $30). Here’s the not-so-good news: the Micro Jig Splitter works only with saws that have a zero-clearance insert. So if you’re still using a stock throat insert, you’ll have to upgrade to make this work.

The Micro Jig package includes everything you need to install the jig (even the drill bit), good instructions and a second splitter that’s configured to work like a small featherboard. There are no more good excuses. Get safe. Get a Micro Jig Splitter.

Splitter will Save your Bacon - Popular Woodworking Magazine

November 2004 Issue, Page 31

"Few products are for every woodworker, but this one is. I highly recommend it."

 

If you don’t have a splitter on your table saw, put down the magazine when you finish reading this review and order a Micro Jig Splitter. For about $20 and 30 minutes of your time you can make your saw significantly safer. The splitter – a small wafer of tough polycarbonate plastic – fits snugly behind your blade to greatly reduce the chance of kickback. And – most importantly – it’s easy to remove and replace when you need to make dado, bevel or through-cuts.

Because this device is so simple to remove and replace you’ll actually use it (unlike the unwieldy stock splitters). The Micro Jig Splitter works only with 1⁄8"- wide saw blades and you need a zero-clearance insert to make it work. The package includes everything you need to install the jig (even the drill bit) plus excellent instructions. Also worth noting is that the Micro Jig actually comes with two splitters, and each face exerts a different amount of pressure against your stock and the rip fence. This allows the splitter to function as a mini- featherboard, adding accuracy to your rips. Few products are for every woodworker, but this one is. I highly recommend it. — CS

SPECIFICATIONS

Micro Jig Splitter

Street price: $20

Description: Splitters included: 2; each face exerts different pressure in .003" increments

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Price range: $

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Shop Talk Testimony: “Added Safety”

By Gary Walchuk: Canadian HomeWorkshop Magazine Feb. 2005

"This was no gimmick. Simply put, the splitter preformed as expected and it’s bound to give you better and, more important, safer cuts. "

If you’re still operating a tablesaw without some form of stock splitter, stop everything. You may have already experienced that scary phenomenon known as “kickback.” Now al you need is $25 and about a half-hour to install an MJ Splitter to give you new-found cutting confidence and truly enhanced safety.
The MJ Splitter is a 7/8”-high semicircle of tough, high-density plastic that you install in a zero-clearance table insert that you supply yourself. If you don’t already have one, simple adding a zero-clearance insert will automatically render better cuts in all types of material. This also means, however, that the insert-splitter combination can only be used for 90° cuts, but that satisfies most cutting need anyway.

You get two splitters in the package, which have side surfaces slightly offset to the base mounting pins, giving you a choice of four tension settings to trap the stock being cut to the rip fence. This provides a mini-featherboard effect and also allows for tension adjustments when a blade of a different kerf width is installed. You can also install both splitters in your insert to apply tension to both sides of the kerf.

The splitter is easily mounted in line with the blade with the aid of the included goof-proof guide and a drill bit. It would impede some cuts (e.g., a1/4” keep kerf cut), but it takes a second to remove and a second to pop it back in place. There’s a green splitter available for 1/8” –thick kerf blades and a yellow one for use with thin-kerf blades.

This was no gimmick. Simply put, the splitter preformed as expected and it’s bound to give you better and, more important, safer cuts.

- Gary Walchuk - Canadian HomeWorkshop Magazine

 

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