The new dust collector has been in place a couple of weeks now and here is what I have found. (50-763 3HP)
The jointer and planer went as planned and work wonderful. I get just a tiny bit of "blow back" from both machines.
I "finally" got around to hooking up to my 12/14" saw last night. I made my brand new dust door from MDF and rare earth magnets and that works like a champ.
The saw is the longest of any of the runs and I'm using 4" flex hose all the way.(12-15' max)
I hooked it up and hit the start button and sure enough, it started working. It DID NOT empty the machine and with all the holes in the saw base, I'm surprised it did anything at all. I have to come up with a method of closing up some of the many places air is escaping.
My motor cover is quite large and it is covered in slots for motor ventilation. The throat plate has two big holes in it and the plate doesn't(can't) fit very tightly on my saw.
I also believe I will get rid of more dust if I come up with a method of directing the dust straight to the dust port. I plan on building some sort of "ramps" that fit in the cabinet and that will "funnel" the dust to the dust port.
If I do "nothing" more to the saw, I believe the dust collector will get "most" of the saw dust after it reaches a certain "level" in the saw. I don't believe the saw dust will ever get above that certain point.
I'm curious about how others have faired with table saw dust collection.
I'm still perplexed about what size pipe I'm using and what I could do about it.
The new collector has two methods:
A inlet with four 4" holes.
A single inlet with a 8" inlet.
I checked around and 8" pipe is both rare and very expensive. I found a source of 8" flex but again, very expensive.
Even if I bite the bullet and get the 8" pipe, that leaves the problem of how to transition to each machine.
Most of my machines are really geared toward 4" outlets and that creates more peroblems.
I "believe" the BIG pipe is the better method but because of my new layout, rigid pipe is a real problem.
I am almost "stuck" with "flex pipe" so I have to make do with the situation at hand.
I LOVE my new layout but now this pipe thing has got in the way.
I'll get a few shots tonight of the new DC with the tools in their current location. ______________________________________________