You can call me a wimp but ripping thin strips that require removal of the blade-guard/splitter on my TS2424 has always scared the daylights out of me. So I bought a Grrripper and an MJ Splitter and installed the splitter yesterday, pretty simple installation. I decided to test it by ripping ¼ inch cherry strips between the blade and fence; the first cut just scorched the piece between the blade and fence. I then repositioned the handle more toward that side of the stock to more evenly distribute the weight I was applying and it worked as advertised, no burn marks at all. If you work a lot with small stock you may want to consider purchasing one of these rather pricey push sticks.