UniSaw and SawStop TSA-ODC Over-Arm Dust Collection Assembly

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Forum topic by SASGeek posted 11-02-2018 01:50 PM 3594 views 0 times favorited 22 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-02-2018 01:50 PM

Topic tags/keywords: unisaw sawstop tsa-odc over-arm dust collection assembly

I had a lousy table saw injury yesterday, I reached over the unprotected blade and did a number on three of my fingers took 18 sutures to close it and a trip to the plastic surgeon today. He said that I must be the luckiest dumb woodworker on the planet, no neuro deficit, no tendon involvement and that I should look forward to a full recovery.

OK so now I have religion, can’t afford a saw stop table saw so I was thinking of retrofitting the SawStop TSA-ODC Over-Arm Dust Collection Assembly to my 1973 Delta Rockwell 10 inch UniSaw.

Does anyone out there have any advice? I think that the blade guard on the saw stop product looks OK.

My wife was me to sell the UniSaw; Please help me save this reliable old tool.

-- Dick Shryock, on the rock bound coast of Maine

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#1 posted 11-02-2018 02:20 PM

I don’t know the Saw Stop but the retro fit of their guard/OHDC to your Delta may be difficult, if not impossible (don’t jury rig anything that close to the blade – it has to be solid). Not personnel experience but I know someone who did that and it was not good (no injury but lots of flying pieces). The over head dust collection system, is a good idea. While not a true blade guard but it constantly reminds you of that spinning blade. PSI (has good reviews) makes a unit that is less than $200 that may satisfy your wife and keep you working safer. Heal up and work safe.

-- Bob, FL Keys

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#2 posted 11-02-2018 03:19 PM

When I was around 10 I made the mistake of going commando in jeans and zipping my zipper too quickly… My injury wasn’t comparable to yours, but it was shocking enough to be seared in to my brain a few decades later. That was the last time I went commando in jeans.

I hope this doesn’t sound rude, but didn’t you learn your lesson? Adding overarm dust collection or even replacing your saw won’t magically make you more careful. Looking at the scars on your hand as you power on the saw should help.

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#3 posted 11-02-2018 04:16 PM

You could consider the Shark Guard system, it would be made to fit your saw and you wouldn’t be cobbling things together.

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

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#4 posted 11-02-2018 04:21 PM

I own the Shark Guard but another option is Penn Industries over arm DC system.

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#5 posted 11-02-2018 05:28 PM

I have some sympathy for you….two weeks ago I was feeling too lazy to get out the right tool for the job, rounding out a small circle of 1/4” hardwood, and I thought “Oh I can just shave the corners off on the TS free hand….
well I have 99.7% of a left thumb now…thank god I yanked it away before I lost more than the tip of the pad.

I have never felt so dumb in my entire life, as I have been using TS for over 20 years now and this is my first injury. Like MikeUT says, I learned my lesson.
My wife is also adamant about my safety, but all I had to do was show her the Saw Stop prices and she backed off :).
Do you have a GRRRipper? I had to move mine out of the way to cut my hand…the irony…:(

-- Two thumbs and counting

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#6 posted 11-02-2018 05:55 PM

Maybe I’m reading it wrong, but the TSA-ODC is just the hose portion, and attaches to a (sold separately) dust collection capable blade guard (sawstop TSC-DG). So you would still need to figure out a way to get that guard mounted, or improvise with another type guard. Might be easier and cheaper to look for a Unisaw specific solution – there are several out there.


-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#7 posted 11-02-2018 08:12 PM

Brad is correct, the TSA-ODC isn’t a true overarm guard, it is just the dust collection part that works with the sawstop guard. You need the industrial TSG-FDC which looks like it could be adopted to any saw.

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#8 posted 11-02-2018 08:18 PM

I would have guessed that the “out of pocket” on 18 sutures and a plastic surgeon would be well over 2500 dollars…. but Sawstop is “unaffordable”?
Would half expect that SWMBO would “insist” on the investment, rather than a bit of Rube-Goldberg engineering of the dust collector.

-- “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Mark Twain

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#9 posted 11-02-2018 08:24 PM

I have a SawStop PCS and while I think the blade guard works well, I’d say it’s main advantage is the way it can be removed and replaced very quickly. Many people seem to find removing and replacing a blade guard hard enough they just chuck the thing in a corner and don’t use it at all.

So unless there is a way to do that on your saw, I’d look at one of the overarm guards that doesn’t attach to the saw near the blade. Unless of course, if one of the systems that attaches to the saw will work with your saw and allows quick removal, then that would be good. But I think that would require that the splitter have a quick remove feature like the SawStop. Or maybe it’s enough if the guard removes from the splitter fast, and the splitter then functions like a riving knife.

I don’t know what is available, but I think being able to remove or move the guard in and out of place easily is perhaps the most important thing to ensure you use it as often as possible.

Something else to consider, keep in mind your accident doesn’t fundamentally change your odds of having another one. So if you had it to do over, and could go back in time and replace your saw with a SawStop, knowing you were going to have this accident, would you?

-- Clin

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#10 posted 11-02-2018 08:38 PM

Sorry about the injury. You just spent more money on the doctors and hospitals than a Sawstop.

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#11 posted 11-03-2018 01:00 AM

Go Sawstop…
Or go Sharkguard for the Unisaw. I had the splitter version of Sharkguard on my now gone Powermatic 66. Wonderful safety device. With the PM66 now gone, about to buy the ARK for my 1997 right tilt Unisaw. Just waiting for Lee to get back to me about re-using my existing 4” port guard or not. A highly recommended product for safety reasons of blade guard and dust collection.
Which makes me wonder… how many (if any) table saw accidents have occurred with the Sharkguard in use?

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter "xylokopos/ξυλοκὀπος"

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#12 posted 11-03-2018 03:18 AM

Probably the same number as any blade guard when used. The problem is the guard is usually was the first thing to go. I am as guilty as the next person on removing the guard but leaving the riving knife. I taught woodworking for 40 years and no Tablesaw accidents because they were required to use the blade guard. The last six years I taught the sawstop was what I used before that it was a powermatic with a Brett guard.

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#13 posted 11-03-2018 01:49 PM

Thanks for all of your good advice. First I HAVE learned my lesson, the guard is for my wife, an effort to save my saw.

I think that I will go with the shark guard, now all I need to do is convince my wife that this is the fix for my stupidity and carelessness.
Thanks all.

-- Dick Shryock, on the rock bound coast of Maine

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#14 posted 11-05-2018 02:04 AM

Well SWMBO agreed that the SharkGuard will satisfy her for now. No more injuries with pointed sticks or sharp metal objects. so I need to know what info Ineed to forward to SharkGuard. I have the following images:

-- Dick Shryock, on the rock bound coast of Maine

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#15 posted 11-05-2018 02:05 AM

Oops not seeing the images, what did I do wrong?

-- Dick Shryock, on the rock bound coast of Maine

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