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hhhopks

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837 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: dust collection contractor table saw tablesaw table saw question suggestion tip ideas

Anyone out there has any suggestion for dust collection for a contractor style table saw?
I recently have purchased a used TS and is in the process of getting it tuned. It will sit in my garage. I figured controlling the dust will be easier on me, health wise and will also reduce my clean up effort too.
Dust just goes everywhere.

Just like to see what everyone else is doing. Hopefully there are some good tips out there.

-- I'll be a woodworker when I grow up. HHHOPKS


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Sawkerf

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#1 posted 837 days ago

One, pretty effective, method would be to build a cabinet to replace the legs, and have a dust collection chamber in the cabinet. The chamber can easily be connected to a DC system thru a blast gate.

A second option would be one of the aftermarket bags that can be attached inside the legs. No DC, but it at least contains the sawdust.

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knotscott

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#2 posted 837 days ago

Something like this from Eric_S' blog is fairly simple:

You could also block off the back like a member of Woodnet did:

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hhhopks

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#3 posted 837 days ago

SawKerf, I have tried the bag method on my previous TS. It was OK to collect the big stuff but the fine dust get everywhere.
The cabinet approach, ???? I have to think about that.

Scott, Thanks for the pictures.
The intermediate mounting table with chute looks good.
I would think the chut (the box part) will need an opening to clear up jams every once in awhile.
I was toying with the idea closing out the rear too. How do you still allow the blade to tilt?

How critical is it to have all the opening sealed? There are still openings on the front where the tilt gause and height adjust srews are.

-- I'll be a woodworker when I grow up. HHHOPKS

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taoist

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#4 posted 837 days ago

I have a Delta contractors saw and have a dust collector hooked up to it. The saw came with a sloped pan on the bottom of the saw with a 4” hook up. It works fairly well. I tried to block off the back of the saw (motor/belt area) but when it is blocked off a lot of sawdust comes up on top of the table. I just use it the way it came so it’s not perfect but a lot better than the bag on the bottom or just letting it fall. It’s my opinion that the only truly complete dust collection has to have below and above the table dust collection.

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Roger

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#5 posted 837 days ago

This is what the underside of my old ‘50’s Craftsman looks like, and it works pretty well, but I need to add some to the top, at the blade, one o these days.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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Bill White

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#6 posted 837 days ago

Get the shroud that will fit the bottom, and don’t completely black the rear. It cut WAY down on the air flow. Mine is partially blocked with a removeable panel. Take it off when tilting blade. I’m using the HF DC with good results except for above-the-table collection.
Bill

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#7 posted 837 days ago

Sears made a dust kit 133299510. Some of the parts are still available but maybe not all. The re may be a replacement part # but I know the exploded view is available online at searsparts.com. I have this kit on my 113….Craftsman saw and it works ver well. I think you could easily replicate it from some Luna or plastic sheet, some brads nd some glue. You can get a vacuum port at any supply store.

Good luck!

-- Tom

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Roger

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#8 posted 837 days ago

Actually, mine has one o those, maybe 12×12 or so flat plastic dust collection pieces with a 4” hole in it. It fit perfectly, and the 1lb coffee can was just an extention because the port wasn’t long enough, and I couldn’t get the hose to stay on. I also have a cardboard piece with cut-outs for the belt, motor, etc that I move when I tilt the blade. It’s jury-rigged, but, hey, it works.. lol Dust needs to be in a collector, not our lungs

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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#9 posted 837 days ago

You’d need to either remove the back panel, or build one with a slot for the motor to tilt.

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zzzzdoc

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#10 posted 837 days ago

Building a box does work fairly well. It is also important to seal off most of the back of the contractors saw. The side gaps provide enough air flow. Also need to block off the front where the crank comes out.

Here’s a link from my cabinet I built for my SawStop that shows blocking off the back of the cabinet. The pieces need to be removable for when you miter the blade. http://lumberjocks.com/comments/850983

I found it important to keep the dust box under the saw as small as possible. A sloping board improved things immensely.

Dust collection box

If you want to take this route, my blog has a lot of details in doing this for a SawStop. I’m sure other contractors saw are pretty similar to do this with:
SawStop Cabinet Blog

That refrigerator magnet material (can be obtained from a sign shop) can be used to seal off the front of the saw.

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Mainiac Matt

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#11 posted 837 days ago

I have the exact same TS and have the factory adaptor kit mentioned by Tom. It has a 2.5” hook up for a shop vac.

I recently modified it for hooking up a 4” line with no reducer and it is working well.

As mentioned, above the blade it gets messy, so I use the factory blade guard most of the time.

IMO these are pretty darn good table saws and can be dialed in quite well. There is an alignment aide that you can mount on the trunions that gets very good reviews. I don’t have it,but wish I did, as adjusting the trunnions to get the blade parallel to the slot can be quite the chore if you have to tap it into position. You’ll get it just right, only to have it shift when you tighten up the bolts.

I have the exact same fence as well and really like it….as it has no discernable flex when adjusted correctly and locked down…..

Enjoy your new saw!

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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Mainiac Matt

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#12 posted 837 days ago

this is the link for the Pals

Here’s a couple snaps of the modified factory DC adaptor…

it has a 2.5” hookup on the back side (which I plugged)

and a removeable clean out door on the front side, to which I attached a 4” hook up.

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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hhhopks

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#13 posted 836 days ago

Thanks for the suggestions.
I will give it shot. the drop down box concept appeals to me.
I will add a back plate to cover the rear openings.

-- I'll be a woodworker when I grow up. HHHOPKS

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History

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#14 posted 579 days ago

I have been making these in several different sizes for Contractor’s table saws.

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toolie

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#15 posted 579 days ago

weren’t those sold by a major retailer for a while, like penn state industries or mlcs WW?

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