Penn State Overarm TS Guard

Anybody have one?
I was looking at an Excalibur, and noticed the PSI version of the dust collecting overarm TS guard is half the price.
Thanks! Barry
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Ba r r y wrote:

I've got one on my Ridgid contractor saw; it works pretty well. I have two dust collection ports now; one under the saw, and the other over the top. Practically nothing gets by the dust collector now.
The only thing I don't particularly like is that it attaches to the edge of the right extension wing. That means nothing wider than about 30 inches will fit on the right side of the saw. Of course, I've got plenty of space on the left side of the blade. For really big sheet goods I use a straight edge and circular saw anyway.
If I had to do it over again, I think I would have rigged an extension bar along the back of the wing and attached the upright to that instead of the wing itself. That would have given me another couple of feet on the right. There's plenty of tubing to extend a fair distance with the guard. Hindsight is 20-20....
That being said, I'm happy with it.
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I just ordered my PS guard. In reading the online ad stuff, it says that it can be mounted on the ceiling also.
If one has the room it would seem to be a good way to go. I'm using 4" drain pipe to construct my DC system and hope to interface the PS unit from above the saw.
Vic

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Let me know how it works out. I just found Mike in Mystic's mini-review via Google, and it didn't work out for him.
Thanks, Barry
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I was biting my tongue - having made my feelings clear in the past. But Barry is correct. On my Unisaw with a 50" table, the PS guard was severely under-engineered with significant sagging. The mounting method was also not very ideal - interfering with any storage under the extension table, as well as not being particularly rigid. As some have noted, you can bolt it to the floor which probably would be more successful.
IMO, mounting to the ceiling would probably work very well, so if that is your option I would give it a try.
A sidebar to my experience was the absolutely abysmal customer service I received from PS regarding this issue, with almost no regard for me as a customer.
Mike

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On Wed, 01 Dec 2004 12:53:16 GMT, "Mike in Mystic"

I was actually thinking that if I'm going to hang it from the ceiling, I might as well just buy the "replacement" guard for $25 and fabricate a hanger and hose assembly myself.

I noticed that too, in another post. Your experiences when dealing with other places usually match my own, so I value your opinion.
Barry
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I have mine mounted from the Ceiling and it works very well. No extra parts are needed. Every thing needed is there. If you like, send me your email address and I will send you a pic off list. Dave in Cherrylog GA. snipped-for-privacy@ellijay.com
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On Thu, 02 Dec 2004 01:04:25 GMT, Ba r r y

If I had not already bought the plastic to fab my own guard, I was thinking the same thing. -- Igor
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On Tue, 30 Nov 2004 00:59:25 GMT, Ba r r y

========================I have owned an Excalibur over head unit for almost 15 years now and I think it was one of my better "investments" that I have ever made
Truthfully I would buy it again for the utility of the overhead guard.. BUT I would not waste my money on it if I were interested more in controilling saw dust...
I say that because because I love the guard.. because I can move it completely out of the way or adjust it in less then a second...
HOWEVER if you check tha archives you will note that I have stated many times that as a DUST COLLECTION piece of equiptment it is NOT all that great.. .
My unit looks nothing like the current model.... but the operating principles are identical... The original saw dust pick up point waas at the back of the guard... I sealed that port and moved the pick up point to the side of the front of the guard and it works much better in the front.. I did away with using my DC (2 HP Griz) to collect dust from both the saw and the guard years ago...now I have my shop vac connected to the guard and use the DC only for the saw seems to work better that way...
The Penn State unit at 1/2 the price most likely would be just fine with me...as I am not really that enthused about DC on top of the table..
Bob Griffiths
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On Tue, 30 Nov 2004 10:42:36 -0500, Bob G.

The DC is already connected to the saw, I just want to pick up SOME of the dust from the top. Now I get pockets full of sawdust. <G>
Barry
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