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A good dust extraction setup on a solid-sized table saw will save you and everyone else in the shop a ton of flying dust in the face — and keep both the work area and the tool a lot cleaner.  The Exaktor dust extraction system may look a bit cumbersome, but given the nature of aftermarket dust collectors on table saws, it’s not bad.

The installation looks pretty easy as the system’s vertical mast stands on the floor and is adjustable to the height of the saw table.  As you might imagine, this unit will work with almost type or model of table saw. 

The upper section of the mast is fastened with two locking levers to the right hand end of the saw table or table extension.  The mast supports a telescopic 70” lateral boom equipped for attaching a 4″ vacuum hose.  When needed, the horizontal boom and blade cover can be swung out of the way allowing easier access to the saw when changing blades or for maintenance purposes.

Clean freaks can get that table saw cleaning up after itself for around $370.  Yeah, that’s a little pricey, then again it is Hemi orange.

EXOA-2 [Exaktor Tools]
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5 Responses to Finds: EXOA-2 OverArm Dust Collector

  1. nrChris says:

    For the money, I would be all over some lexan, some angle iron, and some tubing and DIY myself. It is nice, and maybe a pro shop can justify it, but not me. Heck, you could probably make due with a luan version or build something into a guard / riving knife setup.

  2. The current issue of Shopnotes has plans for a do-it-yourself version: http://www.shopnotes.com/issues/092/

  3. Eli says:

    nrChris, I so thought THE EXACT SAME THING. I even said, “Mine would be better”. But then I thought I’d rather spend the time using the table saw to cut things, not building stuff for it. I don’t know if I like the Shopnotes one. I did like those rolling cabinets in that issue though.

  4. Roscoe says:

    We’ve got a large home-made box for our miter saw made of plywood, and I would suggest if you’re going to build your own, use the slickest material you can find. Ours is a magnet for dust and is always a mess. Should have used melamine or plexiglass.

  5. nrChris says:

    Eli,

    I have to admit that the plastic guard for my table saw is still in the plastic bag–but I took it out last night to check its adaptability for dust removal. Double bonus–I will start using my saw’s guard which is clear plastic, and a simple 1.25″ hole will adapt it pretty nicely as a dust guard for use with an adapter and my Shop Vac. Score. I will report back if it is effective, but where the guard sits right on the workpiece, I cannot imagine that it would not be effective.

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