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Forum topic by SuperCubber posted 10-29-2014 07:31 PM 844 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-29-2014 07:31 PM

Topic tags/keywords: bts15 ryobi bts15 table saw dust collection

Hi guys!

I was just given a Ryobi BTS15, and (sad, but true) it’s better than my last table saw. This it will be my primary use table saw for the time being (1-2 years).

I’ve read a fair amount about the saw on here and BTCentral, among other sites. However, I only came across one guy that had attempted to add dust collection (http://lumberjocks.com/wolflrv/blog/26740). According to him, his method wasn’t very successful. I have two questions:

1. Has anyone on here added dust collection to a BTS15, or similar?
2. My plan is to add a small cabinet inside the metal base with a dust port. My question is whether or not it is necessary to cover all the small openings, like areas between the top and the sides?

Thanks!
Joe

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine


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#1 posted 10-29-2014 07:42 PM

I have a Craftsman 10” saw that I added dust collection to. I made a tapered box to fill the bottom of the saw and put a 4” dust port on one side. I will get dust from the blade as it comes back up and through the table top. I get better collection when I block off the opening at the rear of the table by the motor. You need enough open area to let the collector pull air, but just enough.

I looked the mods done by wolflvr, looks a lot like I did for my saw. I do not catch 100%, but I say I get 95%. Is the back of the saw open?

-- Chris K

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#2 posted 10-29-2014 08:04 PM

BTS10/BTS15 has to have lower and upper suction. When I had mine I drilled a hole in the blade guard plastic and glued in a hose from my old Kirby. The lower side was hooked via duct tape and promises to a crappy wet/dry vac.

See my tag line.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#3 posted 10-30-2014 03:46 AM

Thanks for the replies! I’ll take 95%!

The back is completely closed, but there are a few small openings like the opening for the bevel action, a vent on the side, and a few other small ones where the base meets the top.

I guess I’ll have to try some different options.

Joe

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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#4 posted 10-30-2014 12:01 PM

The small openings and vent should be enough holes to allow for the dust collector to breath. I let the dust in the saw build up to the point no more settles on the flat spots and it falls into the tapered bottom. My saw has ripped a lot of 2x material, no issues. I use a house fan with a good pleated furnace filter in front of it to collect a lot of the fines floating in the air when I sand. Works ok.

-- Chris K

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#5 posted 10-30-2014 02:21 PM

There is plenty of dust built up inside. I’m glad you mentioned that, because I was planning on vacuuming it out.

Also, I thought I needed to cover most of those holes, so I appreciate your input.

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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#6 posted 10-30-2014 05:49 PM

Unless the build up starts to interfere with any of the mechanisms I leave it. My saw has a lot of room on the inside, nor is there a baffle or guard around the blade in the cabinet part. Post what you come up with.

-- Chris K

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#7 posted 10-30-2014 07:04 PM



There is plenty of dust built up inside. I m glad you mentioned that, because I was planning on vacuuming it out.

Also, I thought I needed to cover most of those holes, so I appreciate your input.

- SuperCubber

Kind of a misnomer. ‘Vacuum’ requires a lack of air, however, ‘suction’ requires air movement.

My crappy little wet/dry vac in a bucket from Lowe’s will suck a metal garbage can FLAT in 20 seconds or less if I let it get plugged.

If it has air, it will suck the water out of 35’ return water lines and the surface skimmers of our park pool in about 45 seconds.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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