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Tips and Jigs for the Shop #14: Radial Arm Saw Dust Collection...Precision Control of the Dust......

08-28-2011 08:35 PM by Jim Bertelson | 49 comments »

Over a year ago, I was participating in a discussion about dust collection, including Radial Arm Saws (RAS). Jim Hamilton noted that moving the dust collection port, let’s call it the dust hood, up to the fence improves performance considerably. So over a year later, I finally got around to it. The new system outperforms the old one about 20 to 1, meaning there was at least 20 times the number of chips or more, with the old system. On many cuts, there are no chips left on the table, ...

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Harbor Freight Rikon Impeller Upgrade – Is It Worth It? #5: De-Constructing the HFDC

12-11-2019 07:43 PM by clagwell | 9 comments »

This is the fun part where I remove parts of the dust collector and see how much the flow increases. Baseline The baseline configuration here is the stock DC modified with the Rikon impeller and a 6” inlet: -- The performance curve was shown in the previous post but here it is again. Note that the CFM axis has been extended to 1200CFM. We’ll need that later. Remove the Filter Bag Of course the first thing to do is remove the filter bag. -- Internet wi...

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Lock Miter Router Bit Setup

08-09-2017 06:36 PM by Rich | 23 comments »

There was some discussion about lock miter bits on Rick M’s Deals thread. I didn’t want to muck up his thread with off-topic conversation, so I am tossing this out there for anyone who is not certain about setting up lock miter bits. First, a diagram (the numbers shown are for the Infinity Lock Miter Jr. Router Bit item #55-502). Note that the markings are for reference only and, particularly in the case of the fence location, don’t precisely represent the actual set up....

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