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What is Orange Plastic Disk for in TS2400?

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  • What is Orange Plastic Disk for in TS2400?

    Hi there, just bought a new TS2400 saw. Put it together and really like it! I noticed the owners manual shows the orange plastic disk in front of the blade and labels it as a "kerf indicator".. What purpose does it serve? Mine doesn't have any marks in it that I can tell so I'm wondering what it does. Thanks for the help if you know what it is for.

  • #2
    Lay a straightedge against the side of the blade and draw a line on the orange disk on each side of the blade. You now have a kerf indicator to line up your cuts.
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    • #3
      I prefer to clamp a board on the miter gauge, crosscut it, pull it back over the kerf indicator and mark a line with a sharp pencil then repeat the process with the other miter gauge slot.



      • #4
        I used a square piece of 1/4" luan plywood. Set it agains the fence and cut into it about 4". backed it up and used a fine line sharpy to fill the gap int the luan. I guess however works for you, that is the purpose of the disc. Refernce point between fence or miter gauge to the blade kerf.
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        • #5
          So the purpose is to not have to guess where the blade will cut? That sounds like a good idea, I have cut pieces of wood only to find I needed to re-cut or worse, cut it too narrow. Thanks for your help. Nice forum, thanks to Ridgid for hosting it.


          • #6
            As a bit of history on the kerf indicator that is a carryover from Emerson. The old Craftsman table saws had this too back when they were made by Emerson. Same goes for the blade guard, same design as was used on the Craftsman saws back in the 1980's, maybe longer.
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