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#1 posted 08-15-2017 06:01 PM

Here’s what I did to mine. I closed off the back of the saw using two pieces of 1/4” hardboard. I epoxied some rare earth magnets to the hardboard to hold it to the back of the saw. You will have to do some cut-outs to the hardboard to accommodate the belt, motor mount posts and blade guard assembly post. Pretty basic and I do have to remove one side when I want to do bevel cuts but overall effective. Next I took a piece of 1/2” plywood and cut out a piece the size of the bottom of the saw or slightly smaller. Then I cut-out a hole in the center of the piece and mounted a PVC toilet flange. If you the smaller route, slide the piece into the cavity of the underside of the saw. If you go the larger sized route, install the plywood between the saws bottom and the saw stand. I hooked a 4” dust hose to the toilet flange and hooked that up to my DC. If I were to do that part over again I would have run some 4” PVC pipe straight down from the closet flange and then a 90° street elbow before hooking up the dust hose.

My version is by no means the best way for dust collection with this saw but it is pretty efficient. My guess is that I probably capture between 95-98 of the sawdust I produce. Every now and then I do have to remove the throat plate and vacuum out the cavity of the inside of the saw but that’s to be expected I think.

Enjoy you saw as I know you will be very happy with it.

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