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Forum topic by jusfine posted 07-18-2010 07:19 PM 1506 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-18-2010 07:19 PM

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I have an older Unisaw (15 years + -) and it has the sloped bottom inside the cabinet, which is supposed to lead the sawdust to fall out the the long narrow opening on the side of the saw.

Has anyone hooked DC to this type of saw, no ports in back, but should I drill one near the bottom and plug the bottom narrow opening?

Ingenious ideas anyone?

Thanks in advance for your help.

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."


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#1 posted 07-18-2010 08:59 PM

They sell a plate that covers the opening and adds a 4” port. I have a 2HP Harbor Freight dust collector connected to mine, and it get all the dust out of the cabinet.

It doesn’t stop dust from flying out around the blade, though.

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#2 posted 07-18-2010 09:00 PM

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#3 posted 07-18-2010 09:06 PM

I also have a older model Unisaw. I duct tape my dust port to my Unisaw and it works ok.

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#4 posted 07-18-2010 09:59 PM

See if an HVAC rectangular to round transition piece would work. Several years ago, I made a cabinet for my Craftsman TS with a collection chamber below the saw. I used a 4” x 14” rectangular to 4” diameter sheetmetal transition piece to connect to the 4” DC hose. It worked like a charm!

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#5 posted 07-19-2010 05:17 AM

Thanks Gerry! Interesting that it says NO LONGER AVAILABLE…

Before I saw your post, I pulled the lower shelf bracket off of the saw, removed the little bracket that held up the slanted floor, and it dropped about 4”, and now sits inside the cabinet instead of projecting out.

I guess I will build the flat piece out of ply and attach a 4” outlet similar to what they show on the toolsplus site.

Thanks everyone for your suggestions!

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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