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DeWalt DW708 Miter Saw Dust Assembly Replacement

by mar363636 Dec 28, 2014
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The sliding mechanism on these 708s is high and always away from the blade, which makes the hack safe. You simply slide the hem underneath the stabilizer bar and keep the "parachute" open by attaching it at each end of the miter saw. These old saws are large and sturdy, so the hack may not work with other saws. Yes, it looks ghetto, but works! =)

I'm really happy with this unit. If you limit your cuts from back to front (instead of cutting from front to back) and slow the speed of your cuts, you can possibly attain close to 99% dust collection. After several hours of cutting 2x4s, I was pleasantly surprised at the little amount of saw dust collected around my saw. My only complaint: possible reinforcement needed around the bolts, which I added by using bigger washers.

This is an eternal quest for most workshops, how the hell to manage dust collection with a miter saw. Bravo for the innovating!

I don't have a DeWalt, just an Delta and a crappy-ass-Wen slider (talk about vague miter angles...). Anyway, when I get the time I'll revisit your thing here and see if I can figure out if it'll work on them.

It works, but if you're doing much cutting, you're better off doing a combo of my dust shoot+ tent combination. I made a poor man's version of those expensive tents by parachuting an old shirt on the back of my miter saw - just slip the vac hose through one of the sleeves and you're set to go! :)

Unless it's raining I'd just as well drag it all outdoors and cut it there.

I've done the drop-cloth behind it trick, haven't tried a shirt. I saw someone had made a flexible catch/curtain sort of arrangement but it never stayed on the market long enough for me to order one. Some day, someone's going to figure it out. I hope to live to see that day.

The sliding mechanism on these 708s is high and always away from the blade, which makes the hack safe. You simply slide the hem underneath the stabilizer bar and keep the "parachute" open by attaching it at each end of the miter saw. These old saws are large and sturdy, so the hack may not work with other saws. And yes, it looks ghetto. =)

Heh, I'll trade looking like a contraption for at some better dust collection! You've got me curious now, got a link to a pic of that idea online anywhere?