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Forum topic by Bertha posted 04-04-2011 06:56 PM 4536 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Bertha

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04-04-2011 06:56 PM

I would like to increase the safety on my vintage JWTS-10 JET TS. I recently contacted SharkGuard (which is what I really wanted for the 4” dust port). The owner (a really nice fellow) informed me that this saw’s been elusive despite multiple attempts. So I’m now considering overhead guards that can be adapted to my future PM2000 (I love my JET but the PM2000 is an eventual reality because I just simply love them). I’ve got a right-mounted BenchDog cast iron wing and the long rails. I ask here because I had such great success with a similar thread about a benchtop mortiser. Thanks!

The big players (excluding SharkGuard in my case) seem to be:

1) Delta
2) PSI
3) Brett
4) Exactor
5) I don’t think the Biesemyer will fit my saw without excessive modification.

I’m leaning toward this Bretthttp://www.amazon.com/HTC-10A-M50P-Brett-Guard-Table-Guard/dp/B0001LQXIQ/ref=sr_1_4?s=power-hand-tools&ie=UTF8&qid=1301935980&sr=1-4because it looks like it would fit the orientation of my saw.

Any thoughts appreciated!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog


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RetiredCoastie

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#1 posted 04-04-2011 07:50 PM

I had the same problem in trying to find a guard with dust collection for my UNISAW and I finally came across a shop built guard with dust collection in the shop notes Vol 16 Issue 92. I built one and I couldn’t be happier with the performance and a heck of a lot cheaper price. Check it out: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/46742

I hope this helps!

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Bertha

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#2 posted 04-04-2011 07:51 PM

Thanks so much, Mike, and I’ll check out your link. The ones that are designed for the larger, powerful cabinet saws like your UNI are pretty expensive. I was hoping that a $200 Shark Guard would solve my dilemma. With your advice, I might save even more!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#3 posted 04-04-2011 09:20 PM

I’ve been working on designing my own. It’s really not very complicated. Just a plexiglass box and some way to hold it. The key is making it easy to move out of the way because a lot of woodworking jobs are impossible to do with is in the way.

I am experimenting with one with the arm coming down from the ceiling, and another with a horizontal arm like the commercial versions, except that is light and easy to remove.

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Bertha

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#4 posted 04-04-2011 09:25 PM

I’m beginning to think I’m going to have to go homebrew. I really like the substantialness (not a word) of the commercial varieties and I don’t really mind plunking the money if they’re worth it. I’m going to have to suspend ductwork overhead in any event. I haven’t found one that allow a 4” connection in the arm somewhere. I don’t know how healthy that would be to down-neck a 4 to 2. Maybe it would be Ok. Thanks fellas.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#5 posted 04-04-2011 11:08 PM

I have just bought the PSI version, I haven’t fitted it yet but it got great reviews from previous purchasers.

David

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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#6 posted 04-04-2011 11:43 PM

I do have the perfect solution for you Bertha

take it out of the plug and cut the wire in three peice´s and use your handsaw :-)

homebreew would be the cheapest and can match the commerciel one´s if its made right

so go for it Bertha

take care
Dennis

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#7 posted 04-04-2011 11:50 PM

I found videos here for Shop Notes guard with dust collection here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOQ7EU2cbmY) I have been wanting to make a guard with dust collection .maybe this one

Or this one
I found planes for another one here (http://www.woodcentral.com/bparticles/overarm_guard.shtml)
Boy you guys ! did now , really got me hyped up about building one now
Every time I cut MDF I wish I had one

-- E J ------- Always Keep a Firm Grip on Your Tool

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Bertha

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#8 posted 04-05-2011 02:50 PM

Wow! Thank you so much, bubinga. This looks a lot like the Shark Guard I initially wanted. I hate working metal in my shop but sometimes it must be done. Dennis, I’m not ready to throw away my handsaws yet!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#9 posted 04-05-2011 08:12 PM

who talks about throwing handsaws away ohter than yourself …..LOL

but I think if you build the safeguard you shuold do it with the handtools only
and you know why :-)

take care
Dennis

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Bertha

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#10 posted 04-05-2011 08:43 PM

building an over-the-table boom operated tablesaw guide with only handtools…that might be a first. I’m intrigued, Dennis. :)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#11 posted 04-05-2011 09:00 PM

just do it
it wuold bee a wonderfull continueing of the tale from Mads
but don´t bee surpriced if the saws jammed one or two times in protest to make something
for an electronkiller device … LOL

Dennis

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