SCM Saw Dust Collection

It’s been 3+ years of this machine spewing dust all over my shop.  Time to put that to an end!

Most of the machines in my shop have good dust collection going for them – but the Dewalt SCMS was not one of them.  And this thing not only creates a lot of dust, the 12″ spinning blade spews that dust all over the shop.  I finally decided (and I had the time) to create a dust shroud and hook it up to my dust collector.

I took a lot of inspiration from this thread over at the Wood Talk Online forums.  What I created is very straightforward: I simply made two sides following the contour of the machine and bench and then connected them to form a closed box (with open front).

In order to make it as quickly as possible, I decided to build the shroud so that it only works in the 90 degree position – this makes for a very small box and it goes together quickly and sits in place easily.  I make 90 degree cuts about 98% of the time – and the shroud is easy to remove when I need to swing or bevel the saw.

I’m so happy to finally have this in place.  And it also works without the dust collector turned on, for those times when I’m just making a quick cut for something – perfect.  I definitely recommend stop putting it off and start collection the dust from this machine in your shop!

Sawstop PCS Unboxing: Assembly


The new Sawstop PCS is fully assembled!

Everything I read on the internet about Sawstop’s great packaging was right-on; I was not disappointed! I unpacked the saw box and started reading the assembly instructions. On went the crank wheels, motor cover, extension wings, switch and tool holder. I of course cleaned the cast iron and then applied some T-9 Boeshield and wax.

Next came the rails and fence. After the rails were on (which was very easy), the instructions said to put on the mobile base. That was pretty straightforward (great instructions), although a little tricky to reach underneath the saw.

Finally the extension table, front tube and fence!

All in all, it went very smoothly. Getting everything flat (extension wings and extension table) took some fiddling, but nothing out of the ordinary. All the parts were clearly labeled and instructions were very detailed. The pictures in the instructions booklet were awesome, clearly labeling the part numbers and details.

It took about 4 hours to fully assemble. Next step is to tune the saw!

Sawstop PCS Unboxing: Taking off the Covers…


All the boxes for the Sawstop PCS

I am the proud owner of a new Sawstop Professional Cabinet Saw (PCS). I picked it up just a couple of days ago from Brentwood Machinery in NH and brought it into the shop. It comes with the rails, T-glide fence and extension table. I went with the 36” rails as I have a smaller shop and I use a Festool TS55 to break down larger sheet goods. I also opted for the mobile base to move it around when/if I need to.

I just started opening the packaging today and was not disappointed by all the reviews I had read saying that Sawstop does a fantastic job at their packaging. The first thing I noticed was the color-coded hardware sheet that even had tear-off strips to remove from the cardboard!

Since I only had an hour in the shop today, the only other thing I got done was to tip up the saw itself. It’s ready for assembly and cleaning!

The Sawstop PCS parts in boxes

Sawstop upright still wrapped