Anyone using SawStop overarm dust collection?

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Forum topic by dakotawood posted 10-31-2010 07:09 AM 6076 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-31-2010 07:09 AM

Topic tags/keywords: sawstop saw stop overarm dust collection table saw dust collection blade guard

Alright, this is a special occasion. I am formally telling the public that I just received my brand spankin’ new SawStop PCS 3hp. It’s so shiny… too shiny.

I purchased the overarm dust collection, but haven’t got it out of the box. After playing around with the blade guard, I am not falling in love with it. I’m trying to. I really am, but it’s so hard. I would much rather do the open blade with riving knife. But, the extra D/C would be nice above the table. I just don’t see myself liking that darn blade guard. It is pretty darn skinny compared to others, and yet it’s still so cumbersome at the same time.

So, who has one and likes it or dislikes it? Or who chose to just use the riving knife and do you like that just fine? Or, who chose an aftermarket above table D/C set-up for their SawStop?

-- Travis, South Dakota

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#1 posted 10-31-2010 08:53 AM

No, I don’t have the SS overarm DC…but congratulations on your new saw…sounds fun…drooling here…and wishin’ and hopin’.....

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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#2 posted 11-01-2010 05:15 AM

Alright, trying to bring some life back into this thread. I’m really needing a review of the sawstop overarm d/c and is it worth it? Thanks!

-- Travis, South Dakota

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#3 posted 11-01-2010 01:32 PM

I have the over arm guard. At first , like you, I preferred the riving knife since it is much simpler, but now that I have the dust guard sorted out, I hate to use the riving knife because dust goes everywhere. Once you get it set up, I think you will love it. I took off the metal rods on the dust guard . I think they are there to make sure the blade is higher than the wood so the stock won’t get trapped by the guard for a non through cut – but that so rarely happens to me, I just took them off. Once those were off, I don’t find it cumbersome at all. One downside is that if you are trimming very small slices ( say 1/8 by 1 ” or less, they can get sucked up in the dust guard and trapped there, until you knock them out from the back with a coat hanger. I also used a scriber to scratch the table near the front to show exactly where each side of the blade kerf is so I can line up the cuts. Take the guard out of the box and try it, I am predicting you will be hooked. If you have any questions – let me know.

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#4 posted 11-01-2010 11:42 PM

Thanks so much for your input. I do like the idea of getting rid of the black bars – they are so big and seem annoying. I just might take it out of the box and assemble it as I sure do like less dust in the shop.

-- Travis, South Dakota

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#5 posted 01-29-2011 09:46 PM

I have kept the blade guard on 90% of the time but I do not like it nearly as much as I wanted to. The biggest issue for me is how little sawdust is collected when trimming 1/8” or less off of a board. The dust hits the zero clearance throat plate on the left and just flies straight out the front. The guard inlet is even with the top of the board getting trimmed and never has a chance of grabbing the dust. I am hoping someone has worked out a modification to solve this. If a portion of the guard on the left of the blade were allowed to drop to the table surface and direct the chips up into the inlet it could work very well.


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#6 posted 01-30-2011 05:56 AM

I have one (sawstop over head dust collector system) and like you I’m not sure I made the right decision. My problem is vision. I can’t see through the guard as well as I would like. I think one of the after market over hanging types would increase vision and of course allow using the riving knife which I favor.

In all fairness, I have only used the saw twice since I installed the dust system. It does a good job controling dust except for narrow cuts as noted above. However I don’t like it so far.

-- REL, North Jersey

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#7 posted 01-30-2011 08:47 AM

I’ve got one and I’m still not sure if I like it or not. I like it for ripping and for cutting plywood but there are so many different misc cuts I have to do using jigs or a crosscut sled where I have to take it off that it ends up being off most of the time. And it’s often not worth the time to put it back on.

-- Don - I wood work if I could. Redmond WA.

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