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Forum topic by Medickep posted 02-26-2014 09:01 PM 734 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-26-2014 09:01 PM

I’ve been tackling dust for awhile now in my garage and still find myself having to give my contractor style TS more consideration. I was considering purchasing a dust hood for my Rigid TS 3650, but I’m not convinced it would improve the situation as I’m not exactly sure how they are meant to be attached.

Right now I have a 4” PVC going to the TS and than a short run of 4” flex piping, which has a reducer right at the tool, connected to its dust port. I thought I could mount the dust hood to a board, which is attached to the bolts that connect the upper and lower portions of my saw? The only thing making me question this is all of the openings in my saw and loosing the direct connection to the dust port built in the saw. It seems like it could produce more dust at the top

I know a lot of folks have/or had this saw, so I’m hoping there are some good ideas out there. I wasn’t going to seal the back up either, so I can still tilt the motor and most of the dust comes out the bottom….or top!

Any thoughts?

-- Keith

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#1 posted 03-21-2014 01:44 PM

The reason dust comes out at the top is because the fence is not square to the blade, no splitter is being used or stress in the wood is being released by the cut and the blade is being pinched. I have my fence set 1/32” farther away from the blade on the outfeed side to help prevent binding. I personally have never been a fan of over the blade dust collection for reasons of visibility. They also make use of push sticks more challenging.

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#2 posted 03-21-2014 03:55 PM

Well I can check my blade and make sure it’s still square, but I do use a splitter and paws. I really set it up beforehand so blocking my site of the blade a bit seemed all right.

I thought maybe a hone made bar above would help take the stress off the guard as the dust right hose I’m using is a little on the heavy side.

-- Keith

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#3 posted 03-21-2014 05:01 PM

On my 3650 I have a 4” port on the bottom through a sheet of 1/4” MDF between the saw body and the stand. I removed the hood and let the dust fall down to the 4” port. That worked pretty well but like you said there are a lot of gaps on that saw. Last summer I took some expanding foam gap filler and tried to close up all the holes between the table top and the cabinet. It’s not pretty but it works. I then made a 1/2” plywwod cover to go around the motor, belts, etc. on the back. it’s held in place with rare earth magnets. I have to remove it to do angle cut. All in all it’s much better than stock but not perfect. Hope this helps some.

-- David

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#4 posted 03-23-2014 01:02 AM

I have a shark guard on my unisaw, it has a heavy duty splitter, and the guard rides on that. You have to take it off to rip narrow strips, or dado’s, ripping or cutting plywood is great, because it puts all the sawdust that used to hit me in the eyes into the barrel instead. You could just use a shop vac on the above the table dc, it does work well.

-- Jim from Kansas

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