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Forum topic by GrantA posted 03-28-2018 03:04 AM 581 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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GrantA

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03-28-2018 03:04 AM

I think I’m going to get the ARK setup for my new to me unisaw and will probably go with the 4” connection on the guard. My saw doesn’t have a cabinet port so I’m wondering if I’d even miss our with the 4” shark setup?
Thoughts and opinions are appreciated!
Thanks
Grant


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d38

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#1 posted 03-28-2018 03:41 AM

Get the 4”, and put a blast gate on that line too. If you cut 1/2” off the end of a 2-3” wide board, it can suck it up, and will hit your impeller. With a gate, you can reduce air flow to prevent this.
The guard is great – sucks up almost all dust. If using my sled (left side of blade only), it throws some onto the table on the right of the blade since the guard isn’t as close to the table on that side.
When you remove it for thin cuts, etc, have a rope or something above the table to hang it. I put a thick-walled O-ring on the front top bolt of the guard to make attaching it to a snap ring easy.
Can you cut a hole in the cabinet to add a port there too?

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GrantA

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#2 posted 03-28-2018 10:23 AM

Sure I can add a cabinet port just wondered if it’ll still be useful. I might as well do it, I’ll probably run 5”to the cabinet and a separate 4” drop for the guard. I ordered a 5hp motor, gotta cough up for an impeller now and build the cyclone & blower housing, should work well!

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#3 posted 03-28-2018 10:42 AM

That’s what you want to do. On my Unisaw I ran 6” to the cabinet and 4” to the Shark. With a big DC, I had no dust at all in the cabinet, even with the Shark open (it had it’s own gate). OK, that’s a lie about not having any dust at all in the cabinet…I did have a trace around the corners, but nothing else.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#4 posted 03-28-2018 11:58 AM

I’ve got a Shark guard with a 4” port and a 4” port in my SawStop (wish it were 6”, but haven;t been inclined to do surgery on the saw to make it happen.

I would say, yes, you do want the port in the saw too. A fair bit of sawdust is going to be carried under the table by the blade, and it’s best to get rid of it.

-- John

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edapp

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#5 posted 03-28-2018 12:11 PM

Do 4” to both, like the others have said. I have been thrilled with my sharkguard w/4” port. You definitely want a dedicated blast gate for the guard though, for two purposes:
1: You cannot use the guard for every cut
2: You may want to restrict flow when small cutoffs are present. Mine hooked up to an onieda v3000 will lift boards off the table and easily suck up cutoffs if I do not restrict flow when necessary.

You definitely still need a port on the cabinet, because most of the dust will still be thrown under the table.

Love this thing, has helped with dust control but also added another level of safety to my shop (I never used a guard otherwise). Pleasure to use.

Edit to say 6” to the cabinet would be better if your collector can support it!

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eflanders

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#6 posted 03-28-2018 12:59 PM

X2 to what ed app said!

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#7 posted 04-01-2018 06:52 PM



Do 4” to both, like the others have said. I have been thrilled with my sharkguard w/4” port. You definitely want a dedicated blast gate for the guard though, for two purposes:
1: You cannot use the guard for every cut
2: You may want to restrict flow when small cutoffs are present. Mine hooked up to an onieda v3000 will lift boards off the table and easily suck up cutoffs if I do not restrict flow when necessary.

You definitely still need a port on the cabinet, because most of the dust will still be thrown under the table.

Love this thing, has helped with dust control but also added another level of safety to my shop (I never used a guard otherwise). Pleasure to use.

Edit to say 6” to the cabinet would be better if your collector can support it!

- edapp

Do you need a blastgate if you have a two stage dust collection system- wouldn’t the small cutoffs fall into the separator?

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uptoolateman

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#8 posted 04-01-2018 11:12 PM

Sometimes you may suck up small cut offs you were intending to use so you may want to have the option of choking it down. I only have the 2 1/2 port on my shark guard and haven’t had an issue with that happening yet. Shark guard in any port size is way better than my stock craftsman guard that hasn’t been on the saw in years.

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