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Forum topic by HarleySoftailDeuce posted 02-19-2009 10:26 PM 1620 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-19-2009 10:26 PM

Hello all,
Can or does anyone have experience on enclosing in a contractors saw? I have a GI 10” saw, about 4 years old, and have a lower plastic port on the base between the saw and stand. That does not seem to do the trick. I’m using a 1 HP Delta bag pickup dust collector, and move it from each machine as needed. Any thoughts?

-- Paul, Bristol,Rhode Island

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#1 posted 02-19-2009 10:33 PM

I have a Craftsman 10” Contractor saw and I lifted it off the legs, placed a bit of hardboard with a hole cut for dust collection (and the appropriate 4” adapter for my DC flex hose) and remounted the saw. Cut the dust to about 2% of what it was before and that remaining dust is large particles not the nasty airborne stuff. With the 1hp Delta the CFM may not be high enough to move the dust from a TS effectively…in my limited understanding of DC it seems cubic feet per minute (CFM) is more important than HP. Mind you I guess you cannot get the CFM if you do not have sufficient hp, but hp alone is not enough you need a good blower to move sufficient air. My modification cost me about $12 and about 15 minutes of time…well worth it.

HTH, Mark

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#3 posted 02-20-2009 01:59 AM

Woodchucks solution is a good one.

Also DC from the guard gets a lot of the fine stuff. You might also want to really limit the amount of hose you have on that smaller DC unit.

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#4 posted 02-20-2009 03:08 AM

I built a plywood box that fills the underside of the saw but is about 10” above the floor. At the bottom is a trap door to clean out manually.

Then I purchased a toilet trap from Home Depot with a 3 inch exit on it and mounted it on the side of the box. my dust collection system is 4 inch hose but I reduce to 3 inch because you can buy 20 feet of good RV sewer hose (3 inch) from Walmart for 7 bucks. The 20 feet is tough but very flexible. My saw rolls all over the place and shares this hose with my jointer and planer. Other tools are hard connected. I have a 1 hp Delta dust collection system. I open the trapdoor sometimes but usually find very little sawdust.

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#5 posted 02-20-2009 05:21 AM

Do as Woodchuck has.

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#6 posted 02-20-2009 05:54 AM

I purchased the “woodchuck deal” from Penn State Industries today. It should be great can’t wait for it to arrive.

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#7 posted 02-20-2009 01:21 PM

I just purchased the dust collector port from Pennstate Industries. Thanks all for your help.
Now, does anyone have a solution to close in the back with sheet metal?
Another thought I had was to build a box frame around the entire base, and cut an opening for the dust hose to attach to the port. I would probably install a rubber gasket on the floor and top to close out any small openings. Any thoughts?

-- Paul, Bristol,Rhode Island

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#8 posted 02-20-2009 04:06 PM

Well, I know the way I partially closed the back works great for me. You don’t want to seal it up so tight that the DC doesn’t get air. The theory is to block off everything else, like the gap between the cast top and the cabinet, and then the slot in the front of the cabinet for the handwheel. Now the fresh air feeding the DC thats comeing into the cabinet is comeing from the back of the saw, in other words, now there is full suction at the back of the cabinet, theres very little chance that the fine dust is going to escape that way now. Believe it or not, it all works very well, and I still have access to the parts inside the saw when I need to lube the moveing parts, or remove the belt and motor at the end of the day. If you need some detailed help in figureing out how to do it let me know.

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