Dust collection ideas on a contractor table saw

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Forum topic by pete79 posted 03-28-2011 04:21 PM 1431 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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03-28-2011 04:21 PM

I have a late 80’s or early 90’s Craftsman 3HP contractors table saw. I’m looking for ideas to hook up my saw to my shopvac for some level of dust collection. There’s a couple challenges that I’m facing, and I’m curious how others might have approached this (any pictures would be awesome).

1. The back of the saw base is open where the motor and belts sit. This allows the belts to pass inside the saw base.
2. The bottom of the saw base is wide open. I currently have a dust/chip collection bag attached, but it only catches the big stuff.

I’ve considered building an enclosed base with a dust port on it, which would get most of the stuff that falls straight down, but I’m curious about the opening in the back of the saw. I assume that in order to get the best suction, I need to also close off the back. I don’t want to enclose the motor though, as I assume that can’t be good for it with all the dust. I could build a panel that closes off the opening on the back of the saw, with openings for the belts to pass through, but i’m not sure that will work well.

Curious what other’s have done….

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#1 posted 03-28-2011 05:02 PM

Greetings pete,

Go to my blog entitled “A new look for an old workhorse”, and you’ll see how I did mine. I didn’t post a pixs of the back, but I have one in P.B. I just made a cardboard templet to cover all the openings in the back, but let the belt run free… I don’t tilt the motor, cause I just use this saw for dados and rabbits. Hope this can help. Rick.

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