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Posted on Anyone using SawStop overarm dust collection?

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#1 posted 11-01-2010 01:32 PM

I have the over arm guard. At first , like you, I preferred the riving knife since it is much simpler, but now that I have the dust guard sorted out, I hate to use the riving knife because dust goes everywhere. Once you get it set up, I think you will love it. I took off the metal rods on the dust guard . I think they are there to make sure the blade is higher than the wood so the stock won’t get trapped by the guard for a non through cut – but that so rarely happens to me, I just took them off. Once those were off, I don’t find it cumbersome at all. One downside is that if you are trimming very small slices ( say 1/8 by 1 ” or less, they can get sucked up in the dust guard and trapped there, until you knock them out from the back with a coat hanger. I also used a scriber to scratch the table near the front to show exactly where each side of the blade kerf is so I can line up the cuts. Take the guard out of the box and try it, I am predicting you will be hooked. If you have any questions – let me know.

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