SawStop Assembly #8: My Adapted Solution for Overhead Dust Collection

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Blog entry by HappyHowie posted 05-22-2016 08:07 PM 2447 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 7: Overhead Dust Collection Part 8 of SawStop Assembly series Part 9: Adding Rubber Cuffs Completes Overhead Dust Collection Setup »

I found bonesbr549’s post on his solution to optimize the overhead dust collection on his SawStop. I was going to attempt to apply his solution to my new SawStop. I went to my local Woodcraft store today in hopes I could find all the dust connector devices I would require. I got lucky. I can put all the parts together, but I will add a rubber connector for my SawStop 4” port. I will connect the 90 degree angle bend part shown below with that 4” rubber connector.

The photograph below shows generally how these parts will fit together. I use my Grizzly G0703 1 1/2 hp cyclone dust collector by connecting it directly to each machine I use in my shop, I use Dust Right’s easy to connect devices to fit my dust collector’s hose to each machine. It does a good job for me.

I could not find a cap to place over the 1 1/2” overhead hose when not in use so I added this manual gate to serve that purpose. So the gate will be closed when I am not using the overhead collection system.

-- --- Happy Howie

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#1 posted 05-23-2016 04:16 AM

Great solution to a nasty problem. Thank you for sharing

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#2 posted 05-23-2016 05:26 PM

The Y adaptor in the photo is positioned wrong for my installation. It will actually face the exact opposite direction; so the SawStop overhead hose and adaptors will be positioned to take advantage of suction airflow towards my dust collector…

Since my local Woodcraft store did not have a 4 inch rubber cuff, I ordered two (an extra in case something else needs to be solved) from Amazon. Gee, being an Amazon Prime member means my shipping cost for this order will be much less than if I ordered them directly from Woodcraft’s online store. Once those cuffs arrive and I have one installed on my SawStop 4” port, I will take another photograph to show this dust collection’s configuration or setup. I am hopeful that it will improve my dust collection at the saw blade quite a bit… My fingers are crossed for good luck… Thanks again to bonesbr549’s original design.

The 4” rubber cuff I ordered will replace the short section of flexible hose between the SawStop’s port and the 4” elbow or 90 degree angled adaptor. When I do that I am hoping the bends will be straighten so my airflow will be improved. I may even remove that other short section of flexible hose between the elbow and the Y adaptor.

My objective will be to get the overhead hose in line without a bend as it connects to my Y adaptor. I will see if I can simply push the overhead hose and pipe away from the SawStop thus removing the bends in the hose in this attempt to improve dust collection on top of the saw at the blade cover.

-- --- Happy Howie

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