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Forum topic by BruceCM posted 05-04-2012 07:54 AM 1148 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-04-2012 07:54 AM

I’ve had my Powermatic 66 saw for about 6 months now. I aboslutely love it!

But I’ve noticed that when I run my dust collector, a lot of the suction is wasted through the slot opening on the front of the saw that allows the blade raising/lowering wheel to move when the blade is tilted. I’ve thought of just covering it with masking tape, but then I’ve got the tape residue to deal with when I have to remove it to tilt the blade and besides, its ugly.

Is there an accessory rubber or plastic snap-in piece I can get to cover most of this large slot, that someone might know of?

If not, I could try to fabricate one…has anyone done this?



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#1 posted 05-04-2012 11:26 AM

Are you absolutly sure you want to plug it up? I’m not familiar with the air flow on your saw but it may be designed for “intake” air to be supplied by this slot.

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#2 posted 05-05-2012 02:02 AM

Try a sign company. They may be able to sell you some of that magnetic material that they print signs on.

-- Nils, So. Central MI. Wood is honest.Take the effort to understand what it has to tell you before you try to change it.

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#3 posted 05-05-2012 02:12 AM

Foam cushion material works for that, but are you sure you want to cover that ? You need a little vortex going on there.

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#4 posted 05-05-2012 03:43 AM

That suction isn’t being “wasted” – it’s moving air thru the saw cabinet and into the DC port. Believe it or not, you can reduce your dust collection effeciency by closing off too much air flow.

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