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easy way to use your shop vac as a blower if you use a shop vac for the dust this is a cheap way to have a blower for your scroll saw my saw had a blower but it broke.this is how it works it is simple just run a hose from the exhaust from your shop vac to the blade on your saw it works great

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Gar

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#1 posted 03-12-2010 07:41 AM

I’m the one that always comes up with a good poorboy way, but you out thought me on this. Good trick I will have to try it. The blower on my saw is broke to.

-- GAR

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Terry

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#2 posted 03-12-2010 04:29 PM

An aquarium pump would be better for your ears.

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MrsN

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#3 posted 03-12-2010 04:41 PM

Great Idea. Mine still works most of the time, but this will be helpful. I love my Hitachi Scroll Saw!

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bigike

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#4 posted 03-12-2010 04:51 PM

great idea, i would of never thought of it

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

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TheWoodenBox

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#5 posted 03-12-2010 05:37 PM

Seems to me that it would be a bit noisy. Try opening up the scroll saw casing and look at the pump that supplies the air. Chances are, it came disconnected from the hose or the pump is just wore out. Replace it with a tennis ball.

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jems

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#6 posted 03-12-2010 08:35 PM

it is a little loud i’m going to move the vac. i thought about building a insulated box to put the vac in then just run the hoses from the box. it would still have to have vents in the box so the vac. can breath but i’m sure it would cut down the noise

-- every good gift and every pefect gift is from above James 1:17

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SgtSnafu

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#7 posted 03-12-2010 11:23 PM

Now there is a blower with some horsepower..

Thanks for sharing

-- Scotty - aka... SgtSnafu - Randleman NC

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Vicki

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#8 posted 03-13-2010 06:05 PM

Just my 2 cents, but I’d go with the aquarium pump. I built a box for a small sears shop vac AND added their so-called muffler. Maybe it cut the noise a little, but not that much.
Vicki

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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swayze

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#9 posted 03-13-2010 06:17 PM

I agree with the aquarium pump because of the noise but also I don’t think your shop vac will last being run continuously. JMO

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Dusty56

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#10 posted 03-13-2010 07:22 PM

Seems like an awful waste of electricity and needless wear on the vac , but oh well. You could buy a new pump for your SS for what you’re spending on the electricity. The part I enjoy most about scrolling is the relatively quiet atmosphere while doing it.

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jems

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#11 posted 03-13-2010 07:34 PM

for all that don’tlike the vac. idea what do you do for the dust

-- every good gift and every pefect gift is from above James 1:17

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Dusty56

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#12 posted 03-13-2010 07:41 PM

Oooops , my bad…I just saw that your vac is pulling double duty there as a dust collector AND a blower ! It all makes sense to me now : )

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#13 posted 03-13-2010 07:59 PM

I have a Delta and it has a little cups under the table that catches a lot of it. Any of it sitting on the table, I just brush in the cup with my hand. I use the shop vac to clean up the area at the end of the day.

Here’s a couple of tips from Scrollsawer.com:
I use a Power Carving Dust Collector from Wood Carvers Supply. It has worked well for about 5 years and it is fairly quiet. I set it up beside the saw and direct the saw’s blower toward it. It has two fans with individual switches. To extend the filter life, I vacuum it every so often. It seems to do a good job.
CARVING DUST COLLECTOR-Wood Carvers Supply

I also have a small shop, and I have found a 20” box fan with a furnace filter works pretty well as long as you keep the filter clean. I keep it close to the saw and I run mine on medium speed

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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jems

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#14 posted 03-13-2010 08:03 PM

thanks to all that responded and thanks for the pointers

-- every good gift and every pefect gift is from above James 1:17

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Vicki

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#15 posted 03-13-2010 08:14 PM

I have a Delta and it has a little cup under the table that catches a lot of it. Any of it sitting on the table, I just brush in the cup with my hand. I use the shop vac to clean up the area at the end of the day.

Here’s a couple of tips from Scrollsawer.com:
I use a Power Carving Dust Collector from Wood Carvers Supply. It has worked well for about 5 years and it is fairly quiet. I set it up beside the saw and direct the saw’s blower toward it. It has two fans with individual switches. To extend the filter life, I vacuum it every so often. It seems to do a good job.
CARVING DUST COLLECTOR-Wood Carvers Supply

I also have a small shop, and I have found a 20” box fan with a furnace filter works pretty well as long as you keep the filter clean. I keep it close to the saw and I run mine on medium speed

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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