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A splitter helps prevent kickback. Yet when Excalibur introduced the Merlin last year, its entry into the market brought to only four the number of aftermarket tablesaw splitters.
The Merlin, which includes antikickback pawls, attaches to the tablesaw trunnion assembly. One of its biggest advantages is that it can be removed in seconds to accommodate a cut that doesn’t go all the way through the thickness of the workpiece, such as a rabbet or a dado.
Just push a button on a receiver below the insert plate to remove the splitter. To reinstall the splitter, push it back into the receiver, where it will lock in place, aligned with the blade. No tools or realigning are required.
The Merlin is available in a number of models to fit the most popular tablesaws. I tried four Merlin splitters on four different cabinet saws and had installation problems on three of them. But Excalibur was quick to send replacement receivers that fit.
When using the Merlin splitter, you still need a blade cover. However, with minor modifications, the Merlin can work with the aftermarket blade covers. It also works with the stand-alone cover sold by Excalibur.
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