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    Cool OMG How I Miss My Prior Fixed Shop Setup

    In a moment of weakness, early on during CoVid in 2020, I decided to sell my entire shop setup (equipment and wood stash) to turn the garage space into shared family space. Fast forward 2+ years and I've started collecting a few items to use as a mobile shop and boy do I miss my prior setup. I'm not really even into it with the new equipment but already I'm fussing about things like the Oneida Mini Gorilla having so much less airflow than my prior Oneida V-3000. Either I don't have enough airflow to be effective, or the Sawstop floating blade guard just sucks at dust collection. I'm getting tons of dust blow out and the only thing I can think to do short of another dust collector is to add a gate to the lower saw port to allow more suction overhead. 1st world problems, I know...........

    Anyway, went from this in 2020:
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    To this so far today. My new way of dragging tools out one at a time is for the birds............ what a pain......... LOL
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    Looks like you are recovering nicely. I wouldn't have sold the wood but I have a weakness in that area; I like having a wide selection of material (which comes with its own set of challenges). It's a matter of priorities and things change over time. All is well. We would all love a full blown shop that was all set up at our beck and call. Somewhere between that and a circ-saw with a pair of saw horses we find happiness. If I were to go mobile I would certainly scale down on my current approach. A J/P combo and a "real" bandsaw can do a lot of work in a small space. I applaud your commitment and resilience. Your space would be the envy of many. Ever onward!
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    Dust collection on the SawStop guard is..... going to miss a lot of stuff. I hate to say bad, because it's a difficult problem, and it's one of the better solutions I've seen. Also hooking it up to a dust collector is the wrong answer, since the port is too small, you're better off with something with a much higher static pressure, like a shop vac.

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    I agree with Andrew...for the basic SS overhead collection setup with the small hose, attached it to a vac type extractor separate from the DC collection to the cabinet. The laws of physics are what they are...

    And as an aside, I can really appreciate what you are feeling a little bit because of the table saw dance I had to do to have a saw in my temporary shop. The PCS is a quality tool for sure, but I absolutely HATE being back on a cabinet saw and can't wait until my new shop building is up and ready later in the year so I can get back on a slider. Selling the slider really hurt, but it was the best option at the time because moving it twice and paying to store it just didn't make financial sense...a few thousand bucks likely by the time I was done and that was better saved to go into a new machine when the space was once again available.
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    Thanks guys.

    One thing to note, the floating sawstop blade guard uses a 4" connection as opposed to the other guard which uses the vacuum sized connection. Not sure you could get much lift with a shop vac on the floating guard system as it needs lots of air movement like I had with the V3000 before.

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    Oh sorry. You're correct the floating overarm works better with a DC. That having been said, you might get better results with a brush like seal around it. Something like this might help with the seal.
    That having been said, open cuts are always going to be problematic. You've got a saw blade moving at 100-150 MPH, while the DC can create suction at around 40 MPH. Further the blade is going to throw things in front or below the cut, so something that physically stops that is going to help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew More View Post
    Oh sorry. You're correct the floating overarm works better with a DC. That having been said, you might get better results with a brush like seal around it. Something like this might help with the seal.
    That having been said, open cuts are always going to be problematic. You've got a saw blade moving at 100-150 MPH, while the DC can create suction at around 40 MPH. Further the blade is going to throw things in front or below the cut, so something that physically stops that is going to help.
    That's what I did with my Sawstop floating overarm collector (albeit with Amazon parts). Keeps falling off, but dramatically improved dust collection from it.
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    Changing the motor on my TS from 3600 rpm to 1800 rpm made a big difference in dust control. Bigger dust going slower. And the safety and noise are much improved. Not a good change in a shop with time pressures but for a small hobby shop the extra few seconds on the occasional cut is no big deal.

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