Table Saw Dust Question


Hi,
I want to add dust control to my small shop. If I install an over the blade/blade guard suction port on the table saw how can I use push sticks, Grippers, etc. on narrow rips.
How have others dealt with this?
thanks.
david
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Basically, you can't. Well not easily anyway in my opinion, and if you try a complex setup to work around it, it often ends up being more dangerous to make the cut than without it, because you have several objects all trying to compete with the same workspace around the blade.
I grab a dust mask, turn on the room air cleaner and go to work using the GRR-Ripper for narrow cuts. Sure you get a bit of dust in the air but the room air cleaner usually takes care of it. I do keep the mask on afterwards if I am still in the shop (its a ventilated one) or leave the shop for 15-20 minutes following to allow the dust to clear or be sucked up by the air cleaner etc.
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When I get around to installing an overarm guard, I have this picture in my head of a sort of half-a-guard thing that's only on the left side of the blade, leaving plenty of room on the right hand side. The suction will be much lower but there'll still be some. It would be similar to putting a small big-gulp fixture on one side of the saw blade. I have no idea how well it would work, and have never seen one in any catalog. Just an idea that occurred to me when I was thinking about how I'd design an overarm guard.
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I have the Biesemeyer guard on a Delta 12/14" saw.
It presents "some" problems but it is a LOT safer.
The only time I run into a problem with push sticks is on VERY narrow rips of 2" or less. The guard can be moved quite easily and I continue to use it for every operation that is possible.
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The main debris on mine collects under the saw table. For the bit of dust above the blade you can set up a vacuum port to one side . I use a metal housing sold for furnace ducting vents with an adapter to the dust collector hose.
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