Did I Solve Miter Saw Dust Collection?

Let's face it, dust collection on a miter saw is hard. There have been many attempts to fix it and it just hasn't quite been cracked yet.

After getting my new miter saw (Ridgid 4251) I decided I want to tackle just that. Right off the bat - this Ridgid as well as it's clone the Delta Cruzer have pretty terrible standard dust collection options. Due to the dual arm sliding mechanism there just wasn't much room for the design engineers to accommodate one - or they just gave up trying.

That means that addressing the dust collection on these particular saws is very important. I started by really looking at the saw and trying to understand where the sawdust is generated and where it is thrown by the blade. Then I mocked up a simple box that sits behind the blade that shrouds the blade as best as possible.

Next I took that concept and modeled the entire thing in Fusion 360. Once that design was optimized I loaded up the part files in my 3D printing software and printed them!

How a 3D Printer Solves Problems - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arn5MXi7TBg

Building a 3D Printer - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbTueztDWE0

I've got to say that the end result is pretty sweet but during testing...I realized I still have a lot of work to do. There is a significant design flaw with my contraption and it was way less effective than I thought it would be. I will be continuing this saga in a future video but would love any input and ideas from you on how to improve it!

Learn Fusion 360! Product Design Online Academy - https://academy.productdesignonline.com/?ref=70d192

Links to Cool Products (affiliate links help sponsor the content!):


Ridgid 4251 Dual Bevel Sliding Miter Saw - https://homedepot.sjv.io/e45oag

Diablo 80T Fine Finish Blade - https://homedepot.sjv.io/e45oag

Fastcap Zero Clearance Tape - https://amzn.to/3uXGkm0

Contour Gauge Set (2 pcs) - https://amzn.to/3jWT9Xr

Vacmaster "Beast" Compact 5hp Shop Vacuum - https://amzn.to/3v07BEk

Dust Right Dust Separator - https://amzn.to/3v0DrBc

iVac Pro Dust Collection Switch - https://amzn.to/3vzy76y

Digital Calipers - https://amzn.to/3olu4s0

Pentel Mechanical Pencils - https://amzn.to/3CEoK7x

Machinist Square (3-pack) - https://amzn.to/3kF551G

Incra T-Rule (6-inch) - https://amzn.to/3A42AeN

Woodpeckers T-Squares - https://bit.ly/3x7BXDF


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