How do you cut down on dust from a panel saw?

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03-31-2011 05:55 AM

Topic tags/keywords: tip panel saw humor

First of all, I love my panel saw. It’s a Milwaukee.

What I don’t love is all the dust it makes and the hassle of cleaning up after making a bunch of cuts. I kept running into pictures of an item called the “big gulp”

I finally decided to get one. Since I didn’t want to hook it up to my big vac, I ordered a step down for my shop vac which of course didn’t fit… I did find some schedule 40 4” id plastic pipe so that I was able to connect the two parts using the handyman’s secret weapon (duct tape), and a few screws. I then used self taping screws to fasten it to the back of the panel saw into the sheet metal.

I hooked up the shop vac, connected it to a slave switch with the panel saw, turned it on a made a few cuts and bingo.

I won’t say there was no dust when I was done but there wasn’t a heck of a lot on the ground or in the air. Works good!

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#1 posted 03-31-2011 06:00 AM

Nice Jack, better in the vac than in your lungs or all over the shop.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#2 posted 03-31-2011 06:21 AM

Looks good, Jack!

Doesn’t look like a very difficult solution to the problem! COOL!

Nice Panel saw!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#3 posted 03-31-2011 06:51 AM

I built ,basically ,a copy of the safety speed ,C4 from square steel tubing.
I put a Porter Cable saw ,with dust port,on carriage.
When I cut some MDF ,wow,that was some nasty crap
That was nowhere near enough collection,so I put a trough on back like you did,with,4 in hose
That’s better,BUT, I haven’t done it yet ,BUT,one more thing I plane to do,Is ,something I saw on some commercial models
A rubber like ,clear ,or brush type skirt around the bottom of carriage to keep it from flinging dust out before vacuum can catch it

-- E J ------- Always Keep a Firm Grip on Your Tool

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#4 posted 03-31-2011 06:52 AM

nice set up , wish i had one sometimes . f.y.i. i needed a fitting for my vac. a while back so i used a short piece of p.v.c. and turned down both ends of the pipe on my disc sander to fit the vac. , i didnt want to put it on the lathe , it fits!

-- rick

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#5 posted 03-31-2011 02:56 PM

Jack that looks better.

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#6 posted 03-31-2011 04:01 PM

Great solution, Jack!

I’d say that was worth the $30 (or so) in parts.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#7 posted 04-01-2011 06:36 AM

You lucky guy, a panel saw! I would be happy with our without the dust! Funny, the simple solutions are usually the best and you got a good one here! Thanks for the idea, I think I can apply something similar to my compound miter saw.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#8 posted 04-01-2011 09:33 AM


Most LJ’s would love to have a real panel saw, many have done research on them. It would be great if you could do a real review on your Milwaukee now that you have used it a while.

Thanks for sharing you DC idea.

Good luck!

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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#9 posted 04-01-2011 07:42 PM

THanks guys. I actually have only about $20 in parts even if you consider the screws… Amazon has pretty good deals on vacuum fittings.
I might write up something on the panel saw. I will say it beats bribing friends to help you load 3/4” oak 4×8 sheets onto your table saw! The saw is advertised as being within 1/32” cutting accuracy and I can vouch for the number and even closer to perfect if you are careful. I did add a finer blade to it (see a previous posting) and get almost no chip out even without using tape…

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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