The miter saw is a great tool for cross cutting as it's quick and easy to use. The problem is that your workshop will be covered in dust after just a handful of cuts. I hate dust, can't sanded it. That's why I pony up the $$ for Festool equipment, but $1,500 for a miter saw (Kapex) just seems crazy. Plus, the dust colletion isn't 4x better on the Kapex to justify the 4x price difference.
So, my choices are:
(1) Roll the miter saw out into the drive way when I want to use it..... in 95F heat with 100% Florida humidity = hell no!
(2) Fix the dust issue
(3) Don't use the miter saw
Sadly, Option #3 is usually what ends up happening. I end up using my track saw instead of the miter saw, because that air conditioned garage is oh so nice
After doing a bunch of research, I decided to fabricate a custom dust boot for my saw. I'm not a physicist, but I do know two things cannot occupy the same space at the same time, so this thing has to go:
You gotta love your Dremel right
Here's my protoype:
To be clear, I rarely ever make anything other than straight cuts with my miter saw, so probably should just call it a chop saw. However, I did design a boot that would allow be to cut on any angle, just have to remove the zero clearance fence as needed.
This made a big improvement, but still not 100% happy with it.
So, here's my second attempt:
This looked great, but was a total bust - dust was spraying all over the place - not sure why the intake angle was exactly the same. Well, it only took a few hours to make
Ok, this time I'm going big.....
It's a work in progress, but I'm thinking two 4" dust ports should do the trick
I'll post and update once it's done. Fingers crossed. This won't address angled cuts, but like I said I rarely cut on angles with the chop saw.