SawStop Assembly #7: Overhead Dust Collection

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Blog entry by HappyHowie posted 05-19-2016 09:21 PM 1218 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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I am surprised how much more sawdust is tossed on top of my new SawStop compared to my older contractor type Porter Cable table saw. I have also been disappointed with the lack of efficiency of dust collection I get from the optional overheard dust collector.

I have read that some others have had the same poor experience; not everyone, but enough of us. Some have blamed the “T” connector to the main exhaust port instead of SawStop using a “Y” configuration. Also some have commented that they simply push the overhead pipe and hose away from the saw’s operator’s position. In.summary, these methods try to avoid sharp bends to enable better air flow to enable better and stronger dust collection.

I have enjoyed the use of Dust Right connectors and fixtures…Their equipment enbles quick and easy ways to connects pipes and hoses together, etc.o I was hoping that they, or some other suppier, offered a great alternative to the SawStop T-connector; one that fits their 1 1/2” inside dimensioned flexible hose.

I have also read that someone employed a partially closed air gate that helped. I have purchased a gate so I can test that solution.

Is there someone in this community that can direct me to a supplier and a specific product that can replace the SawStop supplied T connector? Or, can someone offer a solution that will improve the overhed dust collection on my 3 hp, PCS SawStop?


My main dust collector is a Grizzly 1 1/2 hp G0703. This machine is rated with suction capacity of 715 cfm w/o 5” duct at 30 amp and 695 with 5” 20 amp. Of course, those are rated capacities at the machine but those ratings should be a good indicator of what I can expect near the table saw. It has been a good collector of dust with my PC table saw as well as my 8 inch Grizzly jointer and 15 inch Grizzly planer. Enough good results for me to expect better from this SawStop overhead dust collector system..

I also could connect my Rigid 6 hp wet vac machine to the overhead collector hose , if I can get a hose reducer from 2.5” to 1.5”. However, it would be preferable to use only one system to collect this saw’s dust.

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#1 posted 05-20-2016 05:00 PM

I found this blog post on this site. I will give bonesbr549 solution a try.

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