View Full Version : Problem DUST COLLECTOR ON A SHOP SABER 4896

08-28-2013, 09:01 AM
I have a shop saber 4896 .I am machining MDF doors . Im having a big problem with dust. The dust collector I purchased with the machine doe's not work correctly. I have plenty of suction from my dust collector but it leaves a lot of dust on the table. Any ideas ?????

08-28-2013, 10:05 AM
What kind of dust collector? What size hose are you using? What does your dust shoe look like?

You want at least a 4" hose, 1200-1500cfm, and a dust shoe with 3" brushes that forms a seal to your doors that totally encloses the cutting tools.

08-28-2013, 05:51 PM
I have a 2 h.p. dust collector with a 4 inch hose and a dust shoe with about 4 inch Bristles. That was ordered special with the machine. It seem like I have to stay with the machine with my shop vac in hand to collect the dust. It really concerns me when I am cutting thru 3/4 in material and I have to vacuum it out with a hand vac.

08-28-2013, 06:26 PM
do you have a cyclone or a separator connected to the dust collector. Google Thien separator that should help. It sounds like the filter bags are getting plugged up

08-28-2013, 08:40 PM
we have a separator. And its not plugged,

08-28-2013, 09:07 PM
Do you have dust in the air, or are you just trying to get the dust out of 3/4" deep cuts?
If it's the latter, it's probably not going to happen. Unless you get a bigger dust collector, and use 1/2" tooling, and make an extra cleanup pass to get the dust out, with either an upcut or compression bit.

We have a 10HP collector with a 10" hose around the spindle. Single cuts through 3/4" material remain packed with dust, unless I do an onion skin pass which tends to pick up all the dust.

08-29-2013, 08:41 AM
We have been taking 1/4 inch cuts with a 1/4 end mill. It just doe's not seem to be picking up very much . It doe's pick up some. Maybe im expecting to much. We are also using a 1/4 in upcut mill.

08-29-2013, 09:54 AM
The only way you'll get all the MDF dust out of the 1/4" kerf is to rig up an air blast at the tool to blow the dust out, which will allow the dust collector to get it. This is what I 'll be doing on my next machine.

08-29-2013, 04:48 PM
Hey Gerry, Seems like a common problem. We are looking at a alternate method. Ill let you know if it works.

08-29-2013, 05:00 PM
is it a three phase dust collector? if so change the phasing and see if that helps at all.