SawStop Assembly #9: Adding Rubber Cuffs Completes Overhead Dust Collection Setup

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Blog entry by HappyHowie posted 05-28-2016 05:32 AM 3354 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I received delivery this afternoon of the Woodcraft 4” rubber cuffs I ordered through I went right to work replacing the flexible hoses with this smaller and more rigid rubber cuffs. Since I also had a 2 1/2” rubber cuff handy, I replaced the small flexible hose taking off from the Y-adaptor. I faced that Y adaptor towards the dust collector

Take a look at the before and after setup.

Before 4” Rubber Cuffs

After 4” Rubber Cuffs Installed

The yellow string is no longer required. These hard rubber cuffs and the removal of the flexible hoses lets the hoses suspend by themselves. They can hover above the woodshop floor.

-- --- Happy Howie

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#1 posted 05-28-2016 11:44 AM

Interesting plumbing….I think you may have the wye turned around the wrong direction.

One of the only issues I h ave with the SawStop is that the over blade dust collection does not work well. When you connect it to the guard, how is it doing with dust collection on your saw?

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#2 posted 05-28-2016 03:10 PM

Interesting plumbing….I think you may have the wye turned around the wrong direction.
- Redoak49

I agree, for optimal airflow, the wye should be turned around the other way.
Think of it like a freeway on ramp. You want a smooth merge, nor a hard u turn at the merge.
Your setup is like mine planned dc though. Rubber couplings, a merging wye and the dust right quick release. I don’t have the over arm stuff yet as im trying to figure out a different solution. I really like the idea of the blast gate for the blade guard. I’ll have to use that when mine is done.
Thanks for posting this.

BTW, your shop and saw look tho

-- I'm not clumsy.. It's just the floor hates me, the tables and chairs are bullies, the wall gets in the way AAANNNDDD table saws BITE my fingers!!!.. - Mike -

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#3 posted 05-29-2016 12:11 AM

You guys are right. I need to turn the Y-adaptor around the other direction. Thanks for the heads-up tip.

With the use of the Y adaptor instead of the T adaptor that came with the saw, I am hoping to improve the dust collection at the saw blade.

I was shocked how must saw dust is generated on top of this saw. I thought it might be due to the SawStop combination blade that came with the saw. However, I replaced the blade with one I had good success with on my old contractor type Porter Cable table Saw. The new blade did not help.

My guess is that because the dust collection box under the table is so large that it does not help to funnel or channel the dust to the dust collector that well. Just my guess. It is also probably the reason SawStop designed an overhead dust collection system. It is just surprising that they made that an option instead of a standard feature of the saw.

-- --- Happy Howie

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