Sawstop contractor saw best dust collection

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Forum topic by Xelar posted 06-30-2020 03:42 PM 199 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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06-30-2020 03:42 PM

Hi Guys,

I need some advice. What dust collection system do you use for sawstop contractor saw. I have a shop vac, but I still get a lot of dust underneath the saw. I’m looking at getting a dust rite from Rockler store, 650 cfm. But I can’t afford it right now and I’m not sure if this will help to collect 99% of dust.


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#1 posted 06-30-2020 04:26 PM

I don’t have experience with the sawstop contractor saw specifically, but I have an older powermatic contractor saw that makes dust in biblical proportions. IMO, any contractor saw is going to need some modifications to seal it up a bit better, and needs to be paired with the most airflow you can get with your DC system.

If you’re considering the dust rite, what about the harbor freight unit? If you put it right next to the saw with minimal ducting, it should collect most of the mess. If you’re on a tight budget, this unit can be upgraded piece-meal as budget allows to make a decent DC system for short runs.

I still get a lot of dust thrown upwards from the blade, so I got a Shark Guard which I love. You don’t need a 4” port above the blade. I think even bill pentz suggest a 3” is sufficient (could be wrong about that). But it seems most are happy with the 2” port, which you could attach your shop vac to, then use the DC for under-cabinet collection.

You’d still probably want to wear a mask with this setup, but I think it would do pretty well. I’m half-way through my upgrade process and the over-blade collection and the addition of a DC has done a good job. Just need to be diligent about always running it when making even a “quick cut or two.”

Good luck, have fun, and be safe :)

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