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Forum topic by 1yeldud1 posted 09-04-2013 09:20 PM 2401 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-04-2013 09:20 PM

I receintly purchased a very slightly used Powermatic 2000 table saw. I have it hooked up to my Jet dust collector (1.5 hp with a 2 micron canister) using a 4 inch hose about 8 foot long. What I am finding is that when i run this saw I am getting a pretty fair amount of dust that comes “over” the factory installed crosscut blade and lands on the front of my clothes. I used this same setup with a Ridgid table saw with almost no dust escaping the collection system. The Powermatic has a hose approx. 3 inches in diameter and abut 18 inches long feeding the 4 inch hose for the dust collector. My question is has anyone experienced a similar situation with their Powermatic. Would changing to the same Frueid crosscut blade I had installed on my Ridgid help the situation ? Any suggestions or ideas with this setup. Thanks for your reply!


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#1 posted 09-04-2013 09:49 PM

I have a mid 70’s pm66 with a 6” pipe right behind the blade in the box. I wear everything from the top.

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#2 posted 09-04-2013 10:02 PM

Any suggestions ?

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#3 posted 09-04-2013 10:46 PM

My PM2000 also throws a lot of dust straight off the front of the blade/saw. Hooked to a Harbor Freight collector and with a Forrest Woodworker II or any blade for that matter. I haven’t really compared to see if there is a difference from using the zero clearance insert vs. the factory insert with a big gap around the blade. I don’t have experience with other cabinet saws to compare to so just assumed it was normal since it’s a lot better than my old Craftsman Contractor with open base…

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#4 posted 09-05-2013 04:08 AM

Does the blade guard have a piece of plastic in front of the blade to deflect the sawdust as it comes off the top of the blade? My ‘70’s craftsman had a solid piece of plastic which deflected the sawdust back down and it stayed pretty clean. My new Sawstop didn’t so I ended up ordering the dust collector blade guard and without even hooking a dust collector up to the guard it seems to stop most of it from escaping, although I haven’t had the chance to use it a lot since I got the new guard.
Mike

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#5 posted 09-05-2013 09:27 AM

The saw did come with a plexiglass guard that does cover the blade – BUT i have not tried it. I am running the saw with only the short riving knife installed – i will give the guard a try – thanks !! My Ridgid was using a Freuid blade and a zero clearance inset (home made) This powermatic is using the factory insert and the factory supplied blade – if I rip a 6 foot board say 5/4 thick I will be COVERED in sawdust all down my shirt and pants – kind of a mess so I am looking for any thing I can to help the situation – Thanks everybody for helping !

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#6 posted 09-05-2013 11:23 AM

An overblade dust pickup was the only thing I could ever find that solved that problem. I’m surprised you had no issue with the Rigid. The blade is spinning so fast, carrying dust in the gullets it’s virtually impossible to capture it in the cabinet. My has a 6” port in the cabinet, and i have a 5HP DC pulling air through there, and it still threw dust on the table. That was only solved when I added an overblade pickup. I went through 3, the best was the Shark Guard and it was also the least expensive commercial one out there. With it (this was a Mega Mouth model) virtually every spec above the table was captured.

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#7 posted 09-05-2013 12:41 PM

Have you tried lowering the blade height so the top of the blade just sticks out of the wood?
Mike

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#8 posted 09-06-2013 06:31 AM

Mike – no I have only used this saw a handful of times and I must say i have the blade sticking above the work about 3/4 inch for most passes – But I will shure give it a try !! Thanks for the suggestion

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#9 posted 09-07-2013 01:03 AM

+1 for Fred and the SharkGuard!

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#10 posted 09-09-2013 05:06 PM

This weekend I tried lowering the blade so it is just about 1/8 inch above the top of my work piece – I also tried a brand new blade (thin blade kurf) so I had to remove my table saws riving knife. This combination “helped” the situation but did not do enough to stop the dust from flying all over the operator. I am still looking for a solution and I am looking at the “shark guard” even though I am not a big fan of guards hanging over the blade on a table saw – anyone have any other suggestions ?

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#11 posted 09-09-2013 11:16 PM

P.S. If you decide on the SharkGuard, order it asap because it takes about 3 months to get it made and delivered.

What are your issues with “guards hanging over the blade”? I’ve been using mine for about 5 years without any kind of incident.

-- Art

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#12 posted 09-10-2013 02:16 AM

LOL – no real issues other than the fact that I have been using a Ridgid type contractor saw for the past 4 years with out one. I do a lot of small projects (boxes, step stools, shadow type boxes, ect) and I have become accustomed to not having it installed. I did a “look” at the inside of the Powermatic cabinet today at lunch – it has a small hose (aprox 2 1/2 dia) running from the back of the cabinet to the bottom of the saw guard. When you raise or lower this saw the hose flexes to adjust for the change in height. I need to see if there is some way that I can get a 4 inch hose closer to the blade area of the saw. On my Ridgid I had the 4 inch hose very close to the blade which I feel that it helped with this problem. any suggestions ?

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