Dust collection for Craftsman 315.228390 table saw

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Forum topic by Makai posted 05-04-2016 11:51 AM 3106 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-04-2016 11:51 AM

Topic tags/keywords: 315228390 dust collection table saw

Picked up a Craftsman table saw model 315.228390, it’s older but in really nice condition. Took it apart cleaned it up, touched up the paint, and replaced the belt. It’s going back together today and I’m hoping it works as the focal point of my retirement workshop. It has the optional cast iron router wing, upgraded fence, and I ordered an Incra 1000SE miter for it. I’m planning to build a workstation table around it later.

I have a Bosch 4100 table saw w/gravity stand for construction ripping, and a track saw for cutting sheets, so the Craftsman will be for finer work.

Missing is dust collection, the cast iron blade housing is open on one side, but is machined for a Craftsman dust collector part number 221001. It would cover the open side of the blade housing and was designed for a direct connecting dust bag. The outlet pipe looks like 2-1/2”. It’s a discontinued part so I’d have to search eBay.

Right now I’m leaning towards a DIY dust box under the saw and hooking up my Delta vacuum. I’m expecting this saw to be high decibel, and I wonder if the 221001 cover hooked up to a vacuum would quiet the blade noise and be a better option than the DIY dust box.

Also wonder if boxing in the motor and blade with sound dampening (but maintaining air flow) when I design my workstation table would make a difference.

Thanks – Alan

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#1 posted 05-06-2016 05:13 PM

I had a Craftsman table saw for quite a while. I don’t think it was the same model as you mention, but it did have a similar type of dust collection. I found it to be total crap. With no suction on that small port t would plug up almost instantly.

The first thing I did to improve dust collection was to take that stupid thing off and just let all the dust fall to the floor. Then I got one of those bags that covers the entire bottom of the saw to make a large catch-all bag under the saw. That was much better.

Then I took that off and put a piece of plywood that enclosed the bottom of the saw, and put a 4” port in it for my dust collector. Much better.

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#2 posted 07-30-2016 09:12 PM

No wonder I can’t find that dam part. I have the same saw I’ve been searching the net for days and Sears parts can’t even find a part number for the acsessory Dust Collection System. I’m very frustrated because after 6 or so hours of saw work, my barn looks like someone opened up a big bottle of talcum powder and shook it everywhere. I found something called the Dust Cutter I I on Amazon but I have my reservations. I guess I’m just going to have to do a plywood enclosure with a vacuume port as well as a door for large chip removal. Any suggestions would be helpful. I also came upon this video that was helpful.

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