Larry started another thread about over the blade dust collection for the TS, and Ive been holding off doing anything about it for months, thinking I was moving my shop to a much larger location with 4 times the electrical juice.
Unfortunately, that isnt working out this year for me.
After making some pressure treated adirondack chairs, I was very frustrated with the amount of dust blowing into my face, and the PT pine tortures me.
I was also hoping sawstop would have made some kind of offer to sawstop owners and offered the blade guard dust collector at a discount, now that they are offering it free with a new sawstop.
I finally ordered it, and was about to order their overarm kit for 200 bucks, but my buddy offered me any pvc fittings and piping for free, and I purchased a few pieces to put it together.
I used an old pool filter hose for the final connection to the blade guard.
How does it work?
Im a bit suprised. I dont have a powerful dust collection system, but Id guess 90 % more efficient at the blade. No more spray and very little dust on the table. I cut pressure treated today, plywood, and maple, and was suprised how well the blade guard picked up the dust with my weak system.
Im starved for amps, and cant put in more 220 lines, so compromises had to be made. Id love to have a powerful cyclone system, and perhaps if I move one day I will.
I was thinking how to attach the pvc piping(2 inch) to the saw, and found 2 inch metal clamps,(in the plumbing section of the borg) with a threaded hole to attach it.
I drilled through the back rail, used some 3/8 bolts I had, and it worked perfectly.
My other dilemma was that I have my router table right of the blade.
The piping will inhibit movement if Im running long pieces through the router, so the clamps that hold the pipe, have hinges.
I can loosen the tightening screw, and turn the piping down, under the table so it doesnt interfere with me if Im using the router.
I attached a little longer piece of 2.5 inch dust hose than I need, so the piping turns down without any problems.
Simple to make, and I saved just about 200 bucks, considering Id have to pay tax and shipping.
mission accomplished today.
can anyone tell me what that metal rod is used for, it came with the blade guard. (second picture)