Over the years I've been trying to figure out the best dust collection solutions for my shop, and this is what I have come up with. Starting with the table saw, I have owned this American made contractors table saw since 1995 when I bought it new from ACME Electric ( Tool Crib of the North ) as a 34-445X package. It's wired for 230 V, and has been a very accurate and dependable saw. Designing a much more efficient dust hood for under the saw then whats available was first on my list. One that captures the dust, and the port is pointed in a direction that eliminates a CFM reducing sharp bend in the DC hose to route it out from under the saw, and is easier to hook the DC hose too without having to practically crawl under the saw. Then partially blocking the open back of the saw, and blocking the back of the blade that tilts with the blade. Its all done in a user friendly fashion, where nothing is in the way when tilting the blade. To fill the voids between the top of the cabinet and the underside of the cast iron top I used closed cell foam strips and double sided tape to adhere it to the top of the cabinet. The bevel slot in the front of the cabinet can be covered with magnetic sign material. The partially open back now draws air in when the dust collector is hooked up to the saw, making it difficult for the fine dust to escape out the back. The 1&1/2 hp, 1200 CFM, 1 micron felt filter dust collector I added an X brace to the frame, a full-size bottom shelf, and a onboard dust separator. Now it is considered as a 2 stage dust collector.
Table Saw new dust hoodDust blocking
Smooth transition of the dust hose to the dust hood. Shown with Delta 50-390 removable outfeed table hardware kit, and shop built top surface with miter track.
The JET JJ-6OS 6 inch Jointer. In my opinion the stock dust port for this machine is poorly setup, it is directed closely towards the floor of the dust ramp and suffocates the dust collector, plus the port points slightly upward instead of down. If I'm not mistaken, the Delta 37-190, JT360, and General Int. 80-075L-M1 also have the same type of very inefficient setup on their open stand 6" jointers. I solved the problem by designing and fabricating a new setup for the JET.
Jointer new dust hood
Delta 50-875 Air Filtration Unit
Delta 34-441 Contractors Table Saw power switch upgrade The original small toggle switch was mounted to the lower left front of the saw cabinet, and the box was inside the cabinet. The small switch was hard to find, and sometimes hard to reach. This saw has special molded ends on the electrical cords that fit into slots in the side of the box. With the original box I transferred the slots onto the top of the new box and cut them out.