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    Thumbs up PSI TSGUARD

    Penn State Industries has a few scratch-and-dent TSGUARD packages available. I spoke with a sales guy and he said the items are just fine. A couple of the gorillas who work for them tore some of the packaging. They've been repackaged in great condition.

    I've been adding to my DC system and one of the final stages was to install some type of overhead tablesaw guard and dust collection. After hearing of the price drop on the PSI unit, I decided to grab one.

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    I've had one that has stayed with me through a couple of saws. Still going strong. Here's a pic from back in 2005 or so when it was on my old C-man.

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    And one from last year sometime,

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    don't have one of the current build where I am right now. I don't remember what I payed but it has been worth every cent. Definitely works better with an adequate DC. I really like the way it swings out of the way so easily and I get double duty out of the overarm and the feeder hose and blast gates; I rigged the hood hose as a slip fit and swing it over to my router table fence when that is in use.

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    Last edited by glenn bradley; 09-01-2009 at 10:16 PM.
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    I have the Exaktor which PSI is a knock off of. I tried several things even putting a small light inside the hood so I could see. Its a great dust collector but not worth doodilly when it comes to seeing what the saw is doing. Also unless you rip narrow strips on the left side of the blade its difficult to work with even then it's iffy.

    Here is what I did, not DC but if the blade is set right with a 0-clearance insert I don't get much dust.

    This is my shop built version of the Uniguard.

    The arms are a little bigger & I used the Exaktor mechanism to hang it from.
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    Last edited by Bart Leetch; 09-01-2009 at 10:48 PM.
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    I use these extensively they act as a guard & a positive push & hold down much better then an over head guard system.

    Even with the guard you can't use push & hold down systems like this because the guard is in the way.
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    Glenn,

    Nice-looking setup you've got there! I've planned all along to run my DC/Guard from the ceiling and have provisioned my DC system accordingly. Here's what I have so far. The TSGUARD will attach to the ceiling to the left of the light fixture.
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    Bart,

    Good point about the small parts, etc. I'm mainly concerned about dust pickup from cutting MDF and plywood panels, etc. For smaller work, here's what I have now.
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    Bill Arnold
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    Bill,
    I have the same guard ceiling mounted. It has proven to be a very sturdy installation over the past few years. The overhead dust collection is a help, but be forewarned, if you are cutting just a bit off the edge of the stock, the dust will shoot out the side. I've thought about the brush like edging they use on CNC equipment to help, but it doesn't happen that often to bother.

    Good luck with the installation. I think you'll like the unit - I do.

    Wes

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    Wes,

    Thanks for your input. I saw a couple of examples of overhead guard installations that included brushes on each side of the hood. I'll keep that in mind if I have an issue.

    On your installation, did you use the support rods and turnbuckles to steady the mast tubes?
    Bill Arnold
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    Yes, the rods/turnbuckles worked out well and really make the installation rigid. At my former employers, they used aircraft cable and turnbuckles going out to 4 points. The rods do simplify things because they only run in two directions - fewer obstacles.

    I should point out my shop is in the basement and the ceiling height is only 7'+. It looks like you'll have a bit more drop which could make things a bit more wobbly since the rods are only so long.

    Wes

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wes Bischel View Post
    ... I should point out my shop is in the basement and the ceiling height is only 7'+. It looks like you'll have a bit more drop which could make things a bit more wobbly since the rods are only so long.

    Wes
    My ceiling is about 8 1/2 feet overall and it's 71" from the tablesaw top to the ceiling. I've thought about adding a support collar part way down the tubes and adding some bracing. The first thing is to get it mounted in the right location, then add support as necessary.
    Bill Arnold
    Citizen of Texas residing in Georgia.
    NRA Life Member and Member of Mensa
    My Weather Underground station

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