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Forum topic by JSB posted 02-19-2013 05:07 PM 1176 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-19-2013 05:07 PM

I just purchased a dust collector and am in the stages of hooking everything up. My main concern is the table saw. I have a PCB20TS Porter-Cable table saw. The blade is roughly 75% enclosed with a dust shroud that ejects the dust out the back via a shop-vac sized tube. The vast majority of the dust is ejected out of this tube even without dust collection. The wind from the blade does a great job of removing it. After a big project there is however about a half inch layer of dust on the floor below the saw so it’s not 100% effective. So here are my options:

-go inside the saw and seal the open space between the top of the dust shroud and the bottom of the table top and place the appropriate adapter from the back port to a 4” DC hose.
-remove the shroud completely. Seal up the majority of the holes and seams in the “cabinet” and modify a bottom mount dust chute.
-do away with the awkward mobile base completely and build a rolling cabinet with a dust box below with a DC hose attachment on the back.

Time is somewhat of a concern. I have a steady supply of paying projects lined up so I do not want to spend too much time designing and building. Thanks for any and all input. Picture responses welcomed!

-- Jay -

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#1 posted 02-19-2013 06:43 PM

You will want to upsize the opening to a 4” for the DC. I would do that first, then vacuum out the inside of the saw, then cut a bunch of wood and see how much is inside of the saw. You may be lucky and not have to do anything else.

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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#2 posted 02-19-2013 06:56 PM

Sealing of all of the your table saw openings will make your dust collection less effective. If you leave enough open to act as a air intake and seal the rest off that may improve you dust collection some. The best way to get dust collection on table saws is to have dust collection over head in the blade guard type collector and one below,even then you won’t get 100% of your saw dust handled but you can get close.

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