Dust collection on R4511 table saw

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Forum topic by sh2005 posted 09-17-2009 03:17 PM 1236 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-17-2009 03:17 PM

So late last night, I was standing in front of my new R4511 that is about two thirds of the way complete. With the granite top off, I was just admiring the trunnion construction (I upgraded from a bench top saw). Then, I started to think about what if a dust shroud could be improvised for it. It can be mounted either to the stationary or the moving parts. A 2.5 inch hose then can be connected to it and will be routed through the dust collection port at the back. It doesn’t have to completely cover the blade, but as long as it controls the path of the dust as it is hurled by the blade, I think it can do a decent job. The shroud should be wide enough not to interface with the installation/removal of the blade, as well as with the splitter/riving knife mounting.

Has anyone tried out anything like that with this saw or a similar type of saw?

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#1 posted 09-17-2009 03:58 PM

Don’t know about other Hybrids, but the Ryobi BT3000, BT3000SX, BT3100, BT3100-1, Craftsman 22811, and Craftsman 21829 (all of which made by TTI same as your Ridgid) have just such a blade shroud. It doesn’t work as well as you’d think…

I use a belly pan with a 4” port to capture what the blade shroud misses, which is most of it. The gaps around the shroud to allow for tilting, and installation / removal of the blade, and riving knife all are key reasons it misses the mark.

With both ports going though, the inside of the saw stays clean…

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#2 posted 09-17-2009 05:14 PM

dbhost, yeah, I can see that the tilting mechanism will add more complexity. I have to look at it more carefully. If I try to make something, this is the best time because the top is off and I can easily access the inside.

I am not familiar with what a belly pan is…. is it something that encloses the shroud?

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