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
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
That being said, I'm happy with it.
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
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
I have mine mounted from the Ceiling and it works very well. No extra parts
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.
========================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..
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