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Forum topic by CrazeeTxn posted 01-31-2013 08:44 PM 1011 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-31-2013 08:44 PM

I’m still piecing how I want to hook up my d/c to my tools. Getting to the t/s, I was wondering about making a box go all the way to the floor and hooking the hose up to it that way vs. a board on the frame just below the blade.

I think cabinet saws have their ports at the bottom and was wondering if anyone has tried this or not on their contractors saw.

Any thoughts?

I have an 80’s style Craftsman saw, and just got a Jet 1 1/2 hp d/c. I’ve still got to add a separator and Wynn filter, so I’m in the early stages of the set-up.


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#1 posted 01-31-2013 08:53 PM

You know, I’ve never been convinced that a TS needs DC. If you have a craftsman it’s all open under the TS so I’d just keep a box there to catch the shavings. I have a shop vac on mine and all it does is catch the fine stuff that would normally just drop to the floor anyways. It’s the sanders that need DC and there isn’t a good one out there. Fast cap makes a great hood for the MS which is a source of dust more than a TS. For one thing, you simply don’t use a TS that much compared to other dust making tools. The only reason I use the shop vac is that my Ridgid has a dust port on the bottom and the dust won’t just fall out of it like it will on yours.

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#2 posted 01-31-2013 08:59 PM

Posts #31 and #33 in this thread. http://lumberjocks.com/topics/36823 Believe it or not, you do not have to fully enclose your saw. I hook up the Delta contractor’s saw that I own to a 1 1/2 hp Delta dust collector and it all works very well. I have been building the dust hoods for under contractor’s saws since 2007.

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#3 posted 01-31-2013 09:44 PM

I put a store bought connection on the bottom of the frame right under the blade. I had a couple of pieces of hardboard to partially enclose the back around the belts, that had to be removed if I tilted the blade. This wasn’t so much to enclose the box as it was to redirect the air flow toward the blade.

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#4 posted 01-31-2013 09:56 PM

Dust collection for a contractor saw will be marginal at best, but anything is an improvement. The good news is a number of inexpensive designs are available or you can do it yourself. Spend a little time at your local Home Depot or Lowes and you can make the same thing for a few bucks. The concept is simple. Direct the sawdust created by the blade towards a suction device. I did the same thing to several saws over the years. It is easy and cheap. A piece of sheet metal, a 4” collar, and you have dust collection!

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#5 posted 01-31-2013 10:17 PM

Dust collection for a contractor saw will be marginal at best Sam, once again, you don’t have a clue.

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#6 posted 02-01-2013 12:36 AM

Sawsucker, no pictures, it never happened :-)

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#7 posted 02-01-2013 12:40 AM

Alex, you must be talking to SamuraiSaw, I posted a link to my setup, which happened, and is still happening..

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#8 posted 02-01-2013 01:54 AM

Sucker…that’s the setup I’m going for. Just gotta figure out now how to put it together. So with a 4” hose you don’t need a back?

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#9 posted 02-01-2013 01:24 PM

Nope. 4” works fine.

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