Dust collection for contractor table saw.

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Project by bsherman posted 01-06-2010 06:14 AM 9931 views 17 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is how I set up my Ridgid TS3650 for dust collection.

I did this about a year ago and thinking it would be temporary, while I decided whether to make something nicer, or buy a more DC friendly saw. It works great, and I don’t have any plans to change it.

The underside is connected to a 2 HP dust collector and the guard is connected to a shop vac, both located in a shed outside the shop.

The back is closed in by 2 pieces of hardboard that slide into a rabbeted piece of plywood. The pieces overlap and the guard holds it tight to the saw.

For the dust collection on the guard, I cut off the end of a shop vac attachment, and cut a hole in the top of the guard to fit. (A file was used to fine tune the fit.)

There is also a small piece of clear plastic glued to the inside of the guard to keep dust from shooting out the bottom towards me.

The bottom is closed in with 2 pieces of wood attached to a 6” metal duct. 2 pieces of wood, so I could fit it in there without taking the saw off the base. (Yeah, lazy, I know.)

The front is covered with a magnetic sheet, and the gaps under the top, are stuffed with pieces of pipe insulation.

I also use a ZCI and removed the under guard from the saw. The under guard didn’t seem to make any difference though. (You guys think that’s unsafe?)

For downsides, I have to take this apart for beveled cuts, but I don’t do that too often. And, sawdust does collect inside the corners of the cabinet, but I haven’t seen any ill effects from that.

(Is it bad form to post this kind of thing as a project, instead of a blog?)

Thanks for looking!


-- Brian

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#1 posted 01-06-2010 08:10 AM

Nice dust collection improvement. I did something similar (but not as nice as yours) with my Craftsman contractor TS. I have the same problem with bevel cut as I have to remove the whole panel. Thanks for sharing!

-- Simon, Danville, IL

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#2 posted 01-06-2010 08:18 AM

This is a good idea. I made a “box” around my motor that does allow me to change the blade angle without having to remove the box. It sure does help with dust collection. Mine, however, doesn’t allow for the blade guard to be used. But, I’ve never used the blade guards anyway. I’m not recommending that others don’t use it, just saying that I never have. I’m also very careful.

Nice solution that you’ve come with. Thanks for sharing.

-- Build for the joy of it!

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#3 posted 01-06-2010 05:03 PM

My old craftsman contractor TS doesn’t have and underguard. Thanks for posting. You have given me some ides for how to do the same with my old saw. My current dust collection method on the TS is a 50 gallon clear plastic bag clamped underneath to cover the opening. I like your method of enclosing the backside.


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#4 posted 01-07-2010 05:17 AM

Thanks everybody!

-- Brian

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#5 posted 01-07-2010 05:22 AM

Neat idea!

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#6 posted 03-02-2010 02:22 AM

I know this is off topic, but seeing exposed pulleys always gives me a scare. I guess its because as a kid I once worked w/ a guy who lost a finger when his glove got pulled around a pulley wheel on an engine. It hurt like hell, but he didn’t even know it was severed until he pulled off the glove. This really freaks me out, cuz pulleys are not first on my mind when a TS is running and that just happens to be at “manhood” height.

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