I just purchased a DeWalt 746. I'm very happy with it so far (passed the
nickel test with flying colors), and after using a Ryobi BT3000 for the last
several years, I'm experiencing quite a marked difference. One thing
though, the Ryobi was actually better at dust collection. I noticed that
the DeWalt really spreads the dust in the air. The throat area is really not
sealed very well, and the stuff flies everywhere. I'm using a jet collector
which works really well with everything else.
Thanks in advance.
I used to have a BT-3000. One thing it really excels at is dust
collection, with the closely-shrouded blade. I don't think you're going to
find as good a dust collection system on any other saw unless you're
willing to spend a lot of money on it.
You MIGHT find plans on the net on how to improve it's collection, if
this is not an unusual new saw design. Seems to me the trick is to seal
up any area besides the throat plate where air can leak into the
cabinet and defeat the DC. Also, I find when I use a zero clearance
plate, most of the time, more dust is thrown upward, necesitating dust
collection at the blade guard. There are several sites that cover plans
for good blade guards that incorporate dust collection, and are easy to
swing out of the way.
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