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Forum topic by Padre posted 01-17-2010 02:38 AM 1903 views 1 time favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-17-2010 02:38 AM

I have a Sawstop contractors saw and it is hooked up to my cyclone system. 99% of the time I have a zero clearance insert in. The only problem this creates is the amount of dust that appears above the saw. I have been looking around at some above saw dust collectors like the Leeway Sharkguard and the Exaktor.

Does anyone here have one they really like? Recommendations please!

-- Chip ----------- 6:8

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#1 posted 01-17-2010 02:47 AM

I don’t have a specific recommendation for your saw, but I noticed on my saw that when I use my zero clearance insert I get lots of dust up in the air directly from the blade, in spite of my nice cyclone DC. So I have started using the “regular” insert for most cuts where the waste is wider than the slots, and the dust collection is much better. The wider slot also enables for some downdraft near the blade, helping sweep up the sawdust. Its not ideal, but it seems to work.

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#2 posted 01-17-2010 06:30 AM

I make my own zero clearance inserts, and drill a finger hole toward the front so I can remove it with my fat, stubby, finger.

The second operation a new insert is to raise the blade to its full height, lower it, turn off the saw, remove the insert, and drill a 3/4” or 7/8” hole at the back of the saw kerf.

I still get sawdust on the table, but much less than I did before drilling the second hole.

-- Adversity doesn't build reveals it.

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#3 posted 01-17-2010 04:18 PM

I’ll have to try that. Thanks for the tip.

-- Gerry,

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#4 posted 01-17-2010 06:55 PM

Quoting Sawkerf from above, “drill a 3/4” or 7/8” hole at the back of the saw kerf.” I’ve drilled these holes in my inserts and it really helps. I was running my blade just proud of the wood and my friend Jim Vilander suggested raising my blade higher and that helped also. Now the only time I have a dust problem is when I’m just skimming the piece of wood to true up an end.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#5 posted 01-17-2010 07:45 PM

I also have a Sawstop contractors saw and get a lot of sawdust on the table. I wonder if they will be making a dust collection system like on their PCS?

PCS Dust Collection System

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#6 posted 01-17-2010 08:08 PM

get the acrylic and make your own. it’s much cheaper, or u can look at this site he has one he made and shows how to make it. the only draw back is the hood u have to buy from they also have the rest of the system for a real good price.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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