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Forum topic by DieselDoesIt posted 03-03-2009 05:38 PM 797 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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DieselDoesIt

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03-03-2009 05:38 PM

I recently purchased a dust collection system and now have the task of making my equipment dust collection ready. The router table was a snap but the table saw has given me a bit more of a problem. The saw that I am working with is an older Powermatic with the large opening on the motor side. Having never used a dust collector before I am not sure how well the saw needs to be sealed. My plan as of right now is to cut a panel with an opening that allows the motor to swing freely through its entire range of motion and make a “gasket” that seals around the motor and travels with it. This seems a little more involved than building a box to enclose the entire motor but I like the idea of having the end of the motor outside of the sealed area. I guess the main questions I have are 1. Which is the better method? 2. How well does the rest of the saw need to be sealed? 3. How do I go about doing these things? Im not sure if it matters but the dust collector is a 1200 CFM unit and will only be attached to one piece of equipment at a time. Any advice or suggestions will is appreciated and thank you for taking the time to help a new guy out.

Thanks,
Jeff


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Woodchuck1957

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#1 posted 03-03-2009 05:47 PM

What model number is your saw ? Contractor saws and cabinet saws both have the large opening on the motor side. 1200 CFM should be plenty for either saw.

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#2 posted 03-03-2009 05:58 PM

I’m not sure of the model number but it is a cabinet style saw. When you say “1200 CFM should be plenty” do you mean without covering the motor side in some way?

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#3 posted 03-03-2009 06:06 PM

I would cover it completely, like the stock motor cover that was made for the saw. Good dust collection is all about good fresh air flow comeing into the cabinet at the right directions.

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#4 posted 03-03-2009 06:15 PM

I have a 10” delta that has open legs on the bottom. I built a box with a trap door, but installed a 3” plastic toilet flange from Home depot on the side. My vac sucks up all the dust that falls and it seems that 95% of the dust goes down. I just end up with a bit of sawdust on the back of the table. Not enough to worry about.

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