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Although dust collection in bench top and contractor saws has gotten much better as of late, it still leaves much to be desired. No matter how good the dust collection is, the open bottom still leaves an escape route for sawdust. Fortunately the Dust Cutter will catch much of this errant dust rather than let it escape into the air or drop to the floor.

The original Dust Cutter fits most table saws with internal or external motors, up to 20″ wide and 17″ deep, while the redesigned Dust Cutter II supposedly fits most portable saws on the market. To deal with the captured dust, you can either connect a 1-1/4″ or 2-1/2″ shop vacuum hose, funnel it into a waste bin, or simply collect it in the Dust Cutter and empty it later through the zippered bottom.

You can find the original white Dust Cutter priced around $30, while the black Dust Cutter II runs $40. Expect to pay more with shipping.

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6 Responses to A Diaper For Your Table Saw

  1. rg says:

    Some inexpensive saws come with a dust bag. My table saw is very similar to the one in the picture, but it didn’t come with one. I was trying to find a dust bag for it, but was surprised to see how expensive they were. Too bad I don’t know anyone who can sew.

    What I ended up doing was cutting a piece of scrap 1/4″ ABS plastic sheet the same dimensions as the base of the saw. I’m sure any material would be fine, though. I drilled holes in the four corners and sandwhiched the ABS between the saw base and the stand, using the original mounting bolts.

    I also made a hole in middle and hot-glued in a dust-collection fitting from my local woodworking supply store, to connect my shop vac. Works like a charm, and cost about $5 for the fitting.

  2. Ed says:

    Can’t sew!?! But you can operate a table-saw? You’re underestimating your skills rg. Anyway, if you have a paper stapler—maybe even a Bostitch from the Boston Stitching Machine Co.—you can sew with manly metal. Well maybe pin sorta.

    My own home-brew uses a funnel/hopper of corrugated poly, sized for a trash bag at the bottom, with the hose take-off just a friction fit cut in the Coroplast™ near the top. Yours sounds slicker.

  3. rg says:

    I’ve never tried to sew, so who knows? Maybe I can sew like a dream? Would you like me to whip you up a new gown for the tea-dance?

    I like your Coroplast version. The fact that it’s a funnel is better. Mines just a flat sheet, and even though my shopvac is as powerful as jet engine, there is always some pile of dust left inside in the corners. Not sure if that causes a problem in the long run, but no dust is probably better.

    Now that you’ve reminded me of Coroplast, you’ve just given me a great idea to make a dust shroud for my miter saw!

  4. Rob says:

    $30 or $40?? Go to Harbor Freight and buy their theirs on sale for about $5 or so. I’ve had one for at least 3 years now for my full size table saw and it works great. It was also easy to install.

  5. @Rob:

    Good find. It looks like it’s just a bag, no way to hook up to a dust collection system. Also some of the people rating it are complaining about the cheap quality of the snaps. Still for $6, it might be something to try.

    Here’s the link:

  6. DDT says:

    plywood scraps, build a box around the tool base, get an HVAC boot made or modify one so it’s screwed from underneath into the plywood, drill a hole, and hook up the HVAC to the dust collector. We had to do that at work when cutting over 100 sheets of MDF. Shopnotes made a fancy tablesaw stand, and one of the drawers was a dust collector 🙂

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