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JoshO

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#1 posted 1823 days ago

I haven’t tried it yet, but I would think that having two extraction ports on my saw would work well. One for the dust collection port, which I would assume wouldn’t gather much. but also one underneath the saw. Most of my dust goes straight down.

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douglbe

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#2 posted 1823 days ago

Welcome to LJs.

Do you have room behind the saw to build a box with the sides angled toward the dust port? You could make this box removable if you need the space. I build a cart for my miter saw and later added a hood I made from half inch plywood and attached the DC hose to the bottom rear of the box. I added an angled plastic fitting from and old vacuum cleaner to the dust port on the saw and this shoots the saw dust pretty much straight into the DC port on my box. This does a good job of removing the sawdust. I still have some dust left on the saw: I don’t think it is possible to entirely extract all of your dust without closing in your saw or adding more DC hoses.

-- Doug, Reed City, Michigan

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Brad_Nailor

2531 posts in 2562 days


#3 posted 1823 days ago

I bought a dust collection hood on a adjustable stand at Woodcraft, and it works great! I hook it up to my
1 HP Steel City DC, and position it so my slide goes inside the cute and just touches the back wall in full back position. It creates a cyclone of air that just sucks up almost all the sawdust from my saw. I leave the factory bag in place on the top of the almost non functioning dust collection the saw came with and just empty it into the dust collector when it gets full. My saw is a 12” Makita SCMS… The only drawback is having to reposition it if I want to change the cut to an angle…

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Abbott

2570 posts in 1908 days


#4 posted 1823 days ago

I have found that a box built to the correct height of the stand for the saw to set up against with a 4” dust collection port built into the bottom of the collection box works best for me. I used the contractors table saw dust collection hood from Penn State” http://www.pennstateind.com/store/R-TDHOOD.html?mybuyscid=4200829849": for my miter saw box and my table saw. Both applications have worked extremely well, in my opinion this is an outstanding product.
Contractors saw dust collection port

4 inch line with 4 inch Y with 2 1/2 inch reducer

I also use a 2 ½” hose attached to the saws dust collection port. Both of these hoses, the 4” and the 2 ½” come off of a 4” line near the miter saw dust collection box and they are both opened and closed by the same 4” blast gate.

2 1/2 inch hose to miter saw dust port
2 1/2 inch hose to miter saw dust port.

4 inch contractors dust collection hood installed into the bottom of the dust collection box
4 inch contractors dust collection hood installed into the bottom of the dust collection box.

Overall setup
Overall view.

Bottom view
Bottom view.

Left side overall view
As you can see my saw is a slider so a dust collection box for your saw could be much less in width and depth.

Table saw setup

Table saw setup, the bottom and sides are boxed in with the Penn State dust collection unit installed on about a 22 degree angle underneath the saw. I cut a lot of wood on my saws and I am amazed at the sparse amount of saw dust that escapes while using a one horse unit and a 4” main line and the two metal dust hoods from Penn State.

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Dustmite97

430 posts in 1825 days


#5 posted 1823 days ago

Thank you all for the ideas, they are all very good. I will have to try a couple of these.

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John Gray

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#6 posted 1823 days ago

Take a look at what johnv51 has to say and show in his photos on the link below his setup is similar to a router table dust collector.
http://woodwhispererforum.com/showthread.php?t=1179

From what I’ve gathered in my research is that the best way to get collection is to use a setup below the saw and the “bag port” both hooked to 4” or larger hose. I have a Penn State like the one abbot shows above on my table saw and it works great and is a quality product. I plan on using one on my miter saw cabinet that’s in the works.

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Vicki

932 posts in 1949 days


#7 posted 1822 days ago

Hi Abbott,
Your TS system looks real nice all closed in. What happens when you tilt the TS blade? I have the TS dust catcher from Sears and it uses a piece of plastic to partially close the back, but when i tilt the blade it falls off.
TIA,
Vicki

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Abbott

2570 posts in 1908 days


#8 posted 1822 days ago

Hi Abbott,
Your TS system looks real nice all closed in. What happens when you tilt the TS blade? I have the TS dust catcher from Sears and it uses a piece of plastic to partially close the back, but when i tilt the blade it falls off.
TIA,
Vicki

Hi Vicky,

I made mine out of a cardboard box and strip magnets that were sticky on one side. The magnet strips were purchased at the craft section at Wal Mart. The cardboard is cut into two sections so it is easily removable when tilting the blade. Then it goes right back on for straight cuts.

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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Dustmite97

430 posts in 1825 days


#9 posted 1734 days ago

Update: I have finally got the perfect set up. I was looking around in Busy Bee Tools today when I came across a large dust hood that was $11. I bought it and tried it out. It worked perfectly. Now I can enjoy having a nice clean miter saw station.

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Dustmite97

430 posts in 1825 days


#10 posted 1734 days ago

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