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1.Where is the Exaktor blade cover manufactured?
A.EXAKTOR tools are produced in Toronto, Canada to ISO 9002 standards using CNC machines and robotic welders.
2. How many models of the blade cover are there?
A. There are three EXAKTOR EXOA blade covers.
EXOA-2 is a complete blade cover assembly
EXOA-3 is a ceiling mount version of the EXOA-2
EXOA-4 provides the parts to upgrade the older EXOA+ blade cover.
3.Will the blade cover fit my table saw?
A. The Exaktor blade cover can be attached to either the right or left-hand end, or back edge, of a saw table up to 35" high. The telescopic boom is adjustable to accommodate the saw's rip fence being up to 70" from the saw blade. The guard basket can be adjusted forward and backward to accommodate saw tables with different depths. Where floor space is not available the vertical mast can be upended and hung from above the table saw.
4. Does the blade cover meet regulatory requirements for table saws?
A. The EXAKTOR blade covers are sold for dust collection purposes only. They have been accepted for use on table saws by OSHA in the USA and by Regulatory Agencies in Canada.
5. How much time does it take to assemble and install the blade cover?
A. After reading the assembly manual and sorting the various parts, assembly time should be less than one hour.
6.What materials are used in manufacturing the blade cover?
A. The telescopic boom is aluminum tubing. The Mast is manufactured from steel tubing. The suspension and guard basket frame are steel. They are coated with a hard baked-on powder coat finish. The lenses in the guard basket are 1/8" thick shatterproof plastic.
7. What is included with the blade cover?
A. The EXAKTOR blade cover is sold complete. There are no extras to buy.
8.Does the Blade Cover's vertical mast have to be bolted to the floor?
A. No. The base of the mast has a floor plate that can be bolted to the floor if desired. However, this is not necessary. The vertical mast is attached to the edge of the saw table and an adjustable brace, from the bottom of the mast to the back edge of the saw's table, keeps the mast stable and in position. Optional casters are available that can be fitted to the base of the mast to allow moving the table saw with the blade cover remaining attached.
9.How is the vertical mast attached to the saw table?
A. The vertical mast is attached to the end of the saw’s table or table extension at the back corner using two levers that thread into a steel back plate positioned behind the lip of the table.
10.Why is the vertical mast installed at the back corner of the table saw?
A. Mounting the vertical mast at the back corner of the saw table increases the crosscut capacity for long pieces of stock v/v when the mast is centered on the saw blade. Additionally, the location of the adjustable brace leaves a clear space beneath the saw’s table that can be used to install a cabinet to hold saw accessories.
11.What is the size of the blade cover’s horizontal boom?
A. The boom consists of two aluminum tubular extrusions. The diameter of the outer tube is four inches, the inner tube three and one half inches. Three UHMW sleeves between the tubes allow the boom to be easily adjusted for length.
12.How easy is it to move the blade cover away from the saw blade?
A. To minimize weight, for ease of movement and/or removal, the telescopic boom is aluminum tubing. By loosening one T-knob in the boom’s saddle the horizontal boom and guard basket can be swung out and away from the saw blade.
13.What is involved in removing the boom and guard basket from the table saw?
A.EXAKTOR blade covers are equipped with two ratcheting levers that attach the mast to the saw table allowing you to quickly remove and reinstall the upper mast and horizontal boom and guard basket. To minimize weight the telescopic boom is constructed from aluminum tubing. It weighs only ten pounds. By loosening one T-knob securing the boom saddle the horizontal boom and guard basket can be easily lifted up and moved out of the way.
14. What size of saw blade will the guard basket cover?
A. The guard basket will accommodate up to a 16” diameter saw blade raised four inches above the saw table, tilted to 45 degrees.
15. With the guard basket still covering the blade, how far can the saw’s rip fence be positioned away from the saw’s blade with the guard basket still covering the blade?
A. The telescopic boom can be adjusted to allow the guard basket to cover the saw blade up to 70” from the rip fence.
16.How is the guard basket positioned over the saw blade to suit the depth of the table saw?
A. The top surface of the guard basket has a horizontal channel connected to the suspension mechanism that allows the guard basket to be moved forward or backwards and be locked in position over the saw blade.
17.Can the guard basket be positioned and locked above the saw table?
A. Yes. The bottom edge of the guard basket can be raised up 7" above the saw table. If more height is required, the horizontal boom and guard basket can be swung out of the way. This benefit is useful when it is necessary to change the saw blade or when working on the saw.
18.Does the guard basket lift-up when stock is being pushed into the saw blade?
A. The guard basket is equipped with in-feed and out-feed wheels. This allows the guard basket to roll up and over the work piece and position the guard basket the correct height above the work piece for the complete collection of saw dust coming off the top of the revolving saw blade.
19.Will the guard basket’s in-feed and out-feed wheels mark the work piece?
A. No. The wheels are freewheeling, eliminating any dragging of the guard basket.
20. Does the guard basket allow for sufficient air intake for proper dust collection?
A. Yes. The feed wheels position the bottom of the guard basket slightly above the work piece allowing for the intake of outside air that is necessary for dust collection.
21.What size hose and dust collection system is required for complete dust removal?
A. A four-inch hose with 700 to 800 CFM of air is recommended.
22.Can the table saw operator see the saw blade when it is covered with guard basket?
A. Each side and the top of the guard basket are equipped with a clear plastic lens.
23.Are the lenses in the guard basket shatterproof?
A. The lenses are shatterproof plastic ⅛" thick.
24.Can the lenses in the guard basket be replaced if necessary?
A. The lenses are held in place in the guard basket by small bolts, and are available from stock if required.
25.How efficient is the dust collection capability of the blade cover?
A. The horizontal boom will accept attaching a four-inch hose from a dust collector. With an approximate suction of 700 to 800 cubic feet of air per minute the fine dust that is thrown into the air from the back of a revolving saw blade will be picked up.
26. With the Guard Basket in place how close can the saw blade be to the fence?
A. The guard basket can be adjusted so that the saw blade can be 1/4" from the left side of the saw's rip fence or ¼" from the right end of the cross cut fence on a sliding table.
27.Will the blade cover provide anti-kick-back protection?
A. The Exaktor Blade Cover is unique in that it has shuttered openings at the back of the guard basket that allows for the use of the splitter and anti-kick-back pawls that were provided with your table saw. Alternatively, a throat-plate incorporating a splitter can be used.
28.Is the counter-balance for the guard basket adjustable?
A. The counter-balance can be adjusted, and locked in place, to provide the negative balance required to control the raising and lowering of the guard basket.
29. Does the counterbalance for the blade cover interfere with the operator's line of sight?
A. No. The counterbalance is situated behind the guard basket, out of your line of sight, and is adjustable to suit the requirement as to how the guard basket floats over the work piece, or is to be positioned up or down.
30.Are repair parts readily available?
A.EXAKTOR carries a complete stock of parts for immediate delivery.
31. My table saw has a mobile base; can the blade cover be moved with the saw?
A. Optional casters are available that can be fitted to the base of the mast to allow moving the table saw with the blade cover remaining attached.
32.What color is blade cover?
A. The boom and guard basket frame are ‘Safety Orange’ the mast and counter-balance are black.
33.What kind of warranty is provided with blade cover?
A. All EXAKTOR tools are sold with a total customer satisfaction guarantee. You can use the tools for 30 days. If you are not satisfied or if the tools do not meet your expectations, you can return them for a refund of the purchase price. Thereafter, workmanship and materials are guaranteed for as long as the original purchaser owns them.
34.How are the blade covers packaged and shipped?
A. The blade cover weighs 47 pounds and is shipped in a tri-wall corrugated carton via UPS Ground Service.