Overarm blade cover & dust collector?

Hi guys,
I have had it with this dust that comes flying out from my blade. I looked at the Excalibur which seems ok but has anyone had experience with it? Does anyone know of a design that can be built at home? Any info is appreciated. Regards. -Guy
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On Tue, 3 Aug 2004 17:47:20 -0600, "Guy LaRochelle"

I have used an Excalibur Overhead guard with dust collection systemn on my Saw for well over 10 years.....
Now the model I own is not the current model but so close functionally I will say they are the same as far as the guard and DC are concerned...
The overhead Gurad is one of my best purchases ever...so easy to use and so adjustable that even lazy me uses in 99.99 percent of the time...
The DC however is about useless... ! Over the years I have modified mine by moving the pickup point of the DC from the rear top of the guard itself to the front ... and I sealed the entire front..
Then I gave up sharing my 2 HP DC unit with both the saw cabinet itself (Jet Cabinet Saw) and the guard.. I now use a small shop vac mounted in the rafters with the hose comming down and connecting to the front of the guard... Vac is turned on by a wireless switch on the overhead arm of the guard... This works better (for dust control on top of the saw) then splitting the DC between cabinet and guard
Better is however.... still NOT GREAT.... But the money I spent was still well worth it because I love the guard very much... the half assed DC port is just a bonus that came with a good guard..Hope I did not pay more then $1.95 for that feature...
I had a long talk with the Excalibur Rep at a woodworking show years ago about the rear vs front mounting of the DC port... He may know his physics (lol) BUT in the real world of my own shop...He was dead wrong...
Bob Griffiths
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The Biesemeyer overhead guard with dust collecttion works fine with a larger shop vac. It's amazing how much crap the the dust collector picks up from the top of the saw.
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