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  • 3612 dust collector

    I finally assembled my 3612. Next move is to install a dust collector. Is RIDGID sawdust collection kit AC1098 any good? Any recommendations will be appreciated.

  • #2
    I didn't care for it at all. I bought one and took it back the next day. It was very poorly made, IMO, and expensive for what you get. The one I had kept falling apart also. When I took it back to HD, I picked up a toilet closet collar. When I got home I mounted the closet collar to a piece of ply and mounted that to the bottom of the saw. Next, I closed in the back of the saw. This setup worked fairly well but still made quite a mess. Recently, I bought a 2HP Harbor Freight DC and hooked it up to the closet flange. Well, long story short, anyone wanna buy a well used broom?

    If you do a search for dust collection you should be able to find some pictures on how to close up the back of the saw. I can't recall who originally posted them but they're pretty straight forward.
    I decided to change calling the bathroom the "John" and renamed it the "Jim". I feel so much better saying I went to the Jim this morning.


    • #3
      What is a toilet closet collar?? Can you take pictures, email or post?
      This is intriguing. Hope you haven't patented this design. I'll pay royalty with an Advance Thanks!


      • #4
        I mounted it underneath with a dedicated ridgid vacuum. The vac hose was stiff and kept lifting up the the vacuum assembly so I bolted the black plastic flanges to the bottom of the saw. Its also a big pain squeezing it in there. There are some holes in the saw cabinet there already that I used. There was a little gap so I used a couple of thin pieces of wood that I put the bolts through to hold it in place and seal it off. System has been fine for by purposes and as good as the small delta dc i had on my old saw.


        • #5

          Go to any HD, Lowes, or local hardwarde store to find a closet collar. They are the part that a toilet is bolted to the floor too. To hook up to the 4" flex pipe that runs to the DC you'll need a 4x3 closet collar.

          I decided to change calling the bathroom the "John" and renamed it the "Jim". I feel so much better saying I went to the Jim this morning.


          • #6
            I just ran out to the woodsmith store and got a 14"x14" TS dust hood. It fit's perfect I then used the exhisting bolt hole on the bottom to snug it up to the saw. Then I enclosed the back, I used one of the ideas from anouther post on the woodworking forum. I have to say it works outstanding. I also have it hooked to a Jet DC1100a dust collector. I can probably send you an e-mail of the pictures if that would help. E-mail me.


            • #7
              Thanks Dave.
              I'll check at HD.
              The next step is to fix this flange (collar) to the a plywood sized approx 14x14?


              • #8
                Thanks to everyone for your responses. I think I know what to do with the bottom opening of my saw. However, I still don't know what to do with the opening at the back of the saw. I have spent hours analyzing the problem with no success. I would like to enclose the back in a way that does not require removal of the cover each time I need to do beveling. If you have any great ideas, please post them.

                Again, thanks for the responses.


                • #9
                  Just to be clear the RIdgid accessory isnt 4-inch so I agree get the bigger plate if for a true dc with 4" hose. Re price, HD had these in a pile of "older Ridgid" accessories. I paid $11 and works fine for a shop vac after i bolted it in and sealed it. The quality is the same as the larger hoods I've seen in wookworking shops. Good luck.