|Forum topic by Mainiac Matt||posted 03-12-2012 03:00 AM||3556 views||1 time favorited||14 replies|
03-12-2012 03:00 AM
I’ve read up quite a bit and the consensus seems to be that getting a functional hood and plumbing DC to the SCMS can be a real stinker.
I’ve started designing my own customized version of the FWW SCMS cart, but I really needed something hooked up to this saw now…. as it has been my biggest messs/cloud maker. So I found a member who used a plastic storage bin, but then found that I had a waste basket that fit over the back of the saw with a close fit.
The bottom of the saws slide mechanism had enough meat for me to drill and tap two 1/4-20 holes, so that I could bolt the “hood” directly to the sliding saw head. Then I mounted the hood so that I could slide the head all the way in and out, using tie wraps to better secure the hood at the top.
I mounted a 4” hose flange to the bottom of hood and put a T in my 4” line, splitting off a Schop Vac hose, plugged into the 1-1/4” port on the saws blade shroud.
The saw can rotate the full range of motion left and right, and as noted the slide can go all the way in and out.
The head can not be tilted, however without cutting the tie wraps at the top.
But the proof is in the putting…..
I made about a dozen cuts in red oak yesterday and there was NO pile beneath the saw a. The suction in the hood is quite strong, but most important of all…. the saws natural trajectory for the high velocity chips coming off of the blade shoots the chips directly into the hood. No mess at all.
This set up isn’t intended to be permanennt. But I have to admit that I’m quite please with the results so far.
-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!