If you look on a SawStop break, it says that you need to be able to insert a "credit card" between the blade and break. When I mentioned this to the SawStop representative at the most recent Klingspor Extravaganza, he told me that I was wrong...when we looked at one of the breaks he had on his sales rack, he simply shook his head in both surprise and disbelief! He said that is much, much too close, it should be about 1/16.It isn't 1/4 inch clearance between the blade and the cartridge, I think it's 0.080. It's definitely a lot tighter than 1/4 inch. I have had to adjust it but I agree the process is not hard, especially the second time you do it.