I have recently purchased a Jet 650CK dust collector and have hooked it up
to my table saw. I have attached the dust collector to the 2 1/2" dust
port and with a splitter I have another dust collection point at the bottom
of the saw where I have sealed in the stand with a board and Delta dust
collection hood. I am getting much less saw dust but the forward motion of
the saw blade still kicks dust outward towards the operator.
In the book "Controlling Dust in the Workshop" by Rick Peters, he talks
about cutting a hole in your blade
guard and attaching a 2" hose. Have any of you tried doing this? Has it been
Thank you for your help.
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My saw is a Jet Cabinet Saw and I use an Excalibur overhead guard and
have a Griz 2 Hp DC ....
The guard had a DC port for the blade ON THE BACK of the guard not the
front... I never could figure out why...it was on the back ..but
Excalibur stated that the dust is picked up more effeciantly off the
blade at the rear not the front.... to which I say...BULLS*** !
Anyhow I continue to use the Griz to collect dust inside the saw BUT
disconnected the Griz DC from the blade port..at the back of the guard
I sealed the rear port... drilled a ~ 1 1/2 hole in the side of the
lexan portion of the blade guard near the front of the blade..and
then sealed the entire front of the guard .. hooked up my old shop vac
(small hosed one NOT the normal 2 in hose ) to the new port
It works 100 percent better now.... the downside is that I have to use
both the DC and the shop Vac... when using the saw...BUT the on-off
switchs are handy and it is no problem..
This setup has been in use for maybe 5-6 years now...and I am
satisfied with it...
Your opinion is pretty accurate based on my own experiments. I did a lot of
prototyping of shopmade blade guards and experimented with all kinds of
connection geometry. I used a direct 4" connection through a 10 foot hose
directly to a Jet 2 hp collector, so I had gobs of suction available. I
found the connection at the rear of the guard was utterly futile and quickly
abandoned the idea.
My current solution completely divorces the dust collection from the guard.
I have a home made nozzle placed in front of the blade that rides on top of
the wood when ripping and hooks to the rear of my sliding table fence with
magnets when I cross cut. This is hugely effective. Most people would
regard it as a pain. I hate that spray of dust from the saw with a passion
and its worth it to me. I have a Jet air filter in my shop. I used to use
it regularly. Since I got this dust collection going on the table saw, I
never turn on the air filter. Its not needed.
Bob -- Could you please post some photos of your setup at
alt.binaries.pictures.woodworking? Your solution seems to be exactly what
I have been looking for but I cannot fully picture it. Thanks. -- Igor.
Sure. I promised Dick Snyder I would do that later this week. My
disclaimer is that it works for me and my priorities. 40 year experienced
woodworkers who run without a guard and dislike anything getting in the way
of seeing what they are doing will hate it. I also have a spotlight built
into my blade guard. :-) I'll include that in the picture for grins.
Thanks Bob. Is there a reason you use your shop vac for the blade guard dust
collection versus adding a T on the main 4" line with a step down coverter
to 2 1/2" and then a 2 1/2" hose to the blade guard?
Like this ???
Yes... it works but I don't have the 4" line connected
to my saw "yet".... That's next. A LARGE Craftsman vac
handles the overhead dust "fairly well" but NOT 100%,
which is probably impossible.
Dick Snyder wrote:
guard and attaching a 2" hose. Have any of you tried doing
this? Has it been effective?
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