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I was thumbing through a few magazines today and a pic caught my eye. I have always wondered who actually has a miter saw setup like this and how do you contain the dust? I know on my setup, pic in the next comment, I have it mobile and wheel it to the garage opening and blast a shop fan behind me to carry the spewing of dust out of my direction. I find this works better than just using the shop vac (which is in the cabinet underneath) alone. It seems like the other setup would spew a dust tornado all over when it hits the wall even though there is some dust collection pictured. What's your best way of wrangling your dust tornado?
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Here's mine on a mobile base..just took a slightly damaged cabinet on clearance at home depot for $60. I keep tape measure, ruler, pencils, vac attachments in the drawer and the vac in the bottom
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There just has to be a better way for dust collection I have yet to stumble on..
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used a huge/deep laid over rectangular plastic storage bin w/ a pair 6" "Y'd" lines hooked up at 1/3 interval...
dust still escapes...
same type of wall station as pictured...
big bulky heavy wheeled stuff goes under it..
drawers tried to fill up w/ sawdust...

This would have been the week that I'd have finished chewing thru the restraints...
If only new layers hadn't been added....

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I have a Bosch miter saw with a shop vac attached. Dust goes every where. I communicated with Bosch and asked why they didn't put a 4" port on the miter saw so you could attach a serious dust collector. Their response was why should they since no other company does that. Malcolm / Kentucky USA
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I've seen a funnel shaped dust catcher set up behind the saw with a DC attached at the end. I don't know how effective they are and they take a lot of real estate up as the funnels are usually around 1.5-2' in length plus the saw and saw travel if it is a slider.

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I have the Green Bosch Compound Sliding Mitre Saw and the built in passive dust extraction bag is almost 100% useless !
Have a look on You Tube there are a number of good ideas - As mine is mounted on the Bosch stand, I built a semi circular dust hood from hardboard vertically with 12mm ( 1/2 Inch) chipboard as top & base that allows the full mitre movement of the saw. Pretty big, certainly not pretty and as yet not hooked up to an extraction system. However dust is now about 70% contained in the hood so a good result so far.
Looking at getting a Dust Deputy and hooking up to a reasonably powerful shop vac 1400W or better all mounted on a cart of some sort so can use around the work area.


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Hi Jonathan

I use a sliding compound mitre saw on every job (trim carpenter) and to date, having owned or used something like 20 or 25 different saws in the last 15 years but I've yet to find a single saw which comes from the factory with adequate dust extraction. The best I've found to date was the Festool Kapex, but it isn't mine, the DX wasn't perfect (good-ish) and the price really made my eyes water - so I won't be buying one anytime soon! The suggestion about rigging-up a big catcher behind the saw seems to be a reasonable one as chop saws gererally throw most of the dust towards the rear. The one off the shelf solution I've seen which might meet my requirements is the FastCap Chop Shop Saw Hood (from $140 and upwards) which has had some favourable comments over on a trade-oriented forum I belong to. Not bought one yet - but it's on my list......

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