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Posted on Sawstop PCS owners: talk to me about the overarm dust collection

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#1 posted 05-12-2017 04:37 AM

I have a 3HP PCS with overarm dust collection. I think mine came stock with the higher end blade guard.

TheDane describes it pretty good. Like most saws, if the off cut is large enough that the blade guards seals on both sides of the cut, there is very little dust. But if trimming just a small amount off, it will spew out the side becasue the guard isn’t able to seal against the off cut.

I think that is pretty typical of any saw and I’d be surprised if anything could prevent that.

I find there is something about the design of this guard that causes dust to go out the back port all on it’s own. I guess something about the way the blade moves air around. The overarm part just moves it along to the dust collector.

The $200 for the overarm is a bit much for little more than some steel tubing, a piece or two of flex hose and a fitting. You could no doubt DIY for a lot less. But if you don’t want to mess with DIY, $200 gets something that takes minutes to install.

And yes, SawStop has announced some new goodies and one is one that hangs over the table. But it appears similar to other, after market guards and I see no reason to buy the SawStop version.

Any overhead guard should be lighted and allow you to clearly see the leading edge of the blade.
- Madmark2

Um. I can’t remember the last time I looked at my blade making a cut. Just like I have no reason to see my planer blades. I either set my fence as needed or align my stock to the slot in my sled. Or using a miter gauge I align to marks on the top of the table. But everyone works differently.

-- Clin

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