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Forum topic by Richard posted 02-06-2011 09:39 PM 1050 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-06-2011 09:39 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question miter saw dust-collection

I just got this saw a couple of weeks ago from Harbor Freight (On sale and discounted as a display model) and am just now really getting a chance to use it. The problem is that the dust bag is toatly useless as far as I can see, I ran about 6 8”x3/4” popular boards thru it and there was not a speck of sawdust in the bag but there was sawdust all over everything else within 4 feet of the saw.
My big problem is that I can’t mount the saw in a base or on a permanent setup of any kind since it has to be brought back into the house after I finish useing it.

I know that others here have the same saw and was looking for any soulitions you might have found to get better DC working for it. I have a 18 Gal 6 HP ShopVac with 2 1/2” hose to use for it.

Thanks for any help or advice on this. Oh photos would help as I sometimes don’t seem to get my minds eye around the thoughts provided.

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#1 posted 02-07-2011 12:42 AM

I don’t have that particular saw but I do know that almost all miter saws are messy with poor dust collection. Considering the circumstances you described I think you best bet is to rig up some kind of an adapter so you can hook the saw to your shop vac. It will be what it will be but short of building something permanent it’s probably the best you can do.

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#2 posted 02-07-2011 04:35 AM

This is my DC for a miter saw, and when I’m through with it, I have the choice of the water hose, broom and dust pan, vacuum or this little wind out of the WSW. lol If you find a better system, I sure want to know. Good luck. Rand

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#3 posted 02-07-2011 04:53 AM

My Craftsman’s dust bag actually does a fair job of gathering dust, but when I want to keep things really clean, I connect my shop-vac right to the saw. It’s a perfect fit to the place where the bag usually connects. If yours don’t quite match up. maybe you can find an adapter. Even an odd size should be handled by a stepped transition piece usually used for dust collection systems.


-- Dylan C ...Seems like all ever I make is sawdust...

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#4 posted 02-07-2011 05:50 AM

Thanks guys, thats about what I expected for a miter saw setup. I do have the shop vac and it fits the connection on the dust bag perfect. Guess I will try that.

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