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Forum topic by glatzenator posted 12-22-2016 08:46 PM 978 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-22-2016 08:46 PM

We have a panel saw at work that’s currently not connected to any sort of dust collection… we just have the guys sweep up a couple times a day, as you can imagine it is a major safety hazard to have that much dust in the air and on the floor.

The saw is too from a dust collector branch line (and we cannot relocate it) so we need a standalone unit. We have an old Jet 2HP unit that we can use if we run a 220v line over to that area, but I’m concerned about hooking up the skinny little 2” panel saw hose to a 2HP motor. It’s either that or a shop vac I guess. Any thoughts?

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#1 posted 12-22-2016 09:01 PM

probably a shop vac will NOT WORK the filter would become clogged in the first hour and after a day of running like that would burn it up ..I would try and run something from main truck line . unless its like 300 feet

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#2 posted 12-22-2016 11:51 PM

Shop vac with a small cyclone would likely work well. That will not clog the filter. Not sure about the vac holding up over a long time time if used hours everyday. But if you’re using it in a professional environment. You could likely replace the vac every month and the expense would be insignificant. But, I’d bet there must be heavy duty shop vacs available designed for lots of hours of use.

Heck get the Harbor Freight DC for like $200 add a Dust Deputy or just a Thein baffle and you’d be set. Makes for a pretty cheap setup.

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#3 posted 12-23-2016 01:43 AM


The shop vac with a cyclone attachment, as clin suggested, would be the easiest way to go. But the 2 hp dust collector could also work. I would think it is a decision based on economics; the cost of running the 220v line plus some fittings versus the cost of a shop vac with a separator.

If you go with the dust collector, a wye with one leg reduced to accept a 2” hose going to the saw while the other leg of the wye fitting outfitted with a blast gate would be my approach. The blast gate could be opened enough to ensure proper operation of the dust collector and good air flow back to the collector. Once the extent that the blast gate must be opened is dialed in it would not have to be further adjusted. Although little complicated, perhaps the blast gate leg could be connected to a stationary shroud of some design could be built and installed on the back side of the saw that would capture some additional saw dust dust; rather than leaving the blast gate leg sucking in clean air.

I would be concerned that a single 2” line running back to a 2 hp dust collector could overwork the motor and/or starve the collector for air.

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#4 posted 12-23-2016 04:11 AM

Where I work we have a panel saw. I upgraded the DC system on it.

Originally it had a small DC that just just inadequate. I talked the boss into getting the HF 2 HP DC. Then I started adapting.

First issue, the hose to the saw on the PS will kink if the hose to the DC is low to the floor. So I built a manifold for it, 3/8 particle board (scrap that was laying around) 10 ” square box 48” tall, Cut a hole in one side that slides over one of the inlets to the DC. Cut another hole at the top of the opposite side for the 2 1/2” hose that goes to the saw shroud. Putting the hole at the top allows the hose to move without kinking while cutting.

Second issue, dust at the back of the PS. Using the DC accessory kit from HF I ran a 4” hose from the second DC inlet to the back of the PS. Using the Y splitter I then ran two lines; one to a DC shroud taped to the bottom of the PS where the saw glides up and down, and the other to a shop built (1/8 ” hardboard) “port” that fits under the frame of the PS (directly under the first port). These were the two spots that sawdust would accumulate the most.

This setup gets most of the sawdust and all the fine dust (that used to settle over everything in the saw room).

Weather allowing, I’ll get pictures tomorrow and post them to clarify what I am trying to describe.

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#5 posted 12-23-2016 09:58 AM

I recommend a dust collector, stand alone with
a bag is fine. Hook it up to the panel saw and
get a blast gate (or not if there’s enough suction)
for a floor sweep. Most of the dust is likely to
fall in specific areas, depending on the format
of the saw. The floor sweep or floor ducts can
be positioned so a little help with a broom gets
a lot of that falling dust the saw head hose doesn’t

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#6 posted 12-28-2016 02:31 AM

Here are some pictures of our setup.

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