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Forum topic by Paul Bucalo posted 11-07-2014 03:11 PM 848 views 0 times favorited 0 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-07-2014 03:11 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tool tablesaw dustextraction question

While I wait for a 2-1/2” dust extraction port to come in from Rockler, I am mulling over whether it is a good idea to mount it right off the plastic body of my Delta 36-510 Table Saw instead of cutting through the melamine and chipboard top for a traditional under-saw extraction. Here is a blog entry with the saw mounted to the multi-purpose base:

So why do this?

The base is also used to support a router table, which can be seen in the above mentioned blog entry and in a previous entry that highlights how it fits. The router table is open and therefore doesn’t get any value from a big hole in the base. That same hole will limit what else I might mount on the base. So as an alternative I have considered mounting the port on the back side of the saw body, either in-line with the blade or to the left of the swinging motor mount. I feel putting it in-line with the blade will provide the most efficient dust extraction and there is adequate clearance between the blade and the port, which will be mounted on the outside of the saw body. Mounting would also be a breeze on this plastic body, compared to having to build a collection box in the base. I also like the fact that wherever I should use the table saw I can run a shop vac to cut down the mess and I won’t need to use this base with it. The base is too heavy and bulky to be portable.

So here is my question: putting aside pie-in-the-sky extreme possibilities, is there any reason why I shouldn’t mount the port on the backside of the table saw body?

Thanks in advance for your comments.

-- -- Paul @ PMB Creative Works

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