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    What to do about metal shavings from chop saw, etc.

    Hi everyone, just got myself a nice chop saw with a tungsten-tipped blade. I knew it would yield coarser shavings than other options, but had an aha/uh-oh moment when I saw them sprayed all over the table & floor in my garage. Most went into the little reservoir they have for them but, as is inevitable, plenty got scattered around. Looks like thereís a port for a vacuum but I canít imagine itís a good idea to attach my shop vac to it. Thereís a lot less sparking than with a abrasive disc but there are still sparks. Trying to minimize sweeping and vacuuming after use.

    I was thinking of getting some magnets and sticking them in a few strategic places,though Iím not sure how effective that would be. Iíve also considered some kind of foil shroud. . .

    Anybody have other ideas?

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    Re: What to do about metal shavings from chop saw, etc.

    Build a saw saw station over a barrel. I use a a rolling/ sweeping magnet and a shop vacuum with a dust collector connected to sweep the floor. Nothing gets to the shop vac.

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    Re: What to do about metal shavings from chop saw, etc.

    This is one of the best little gadgets I ever picked up from Harbor freight.

    It's a rolling magnet/stick

    I use it all the time.
    Just wheel it around and it's amazing what you will pick up.


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    Re: What to do about metal shavings from chop saw, etc.

    It was not in shop, it outside with all things messy.
    I use road base for floor and ran tractor over floor once or twice a year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZLT View Post
    Hi everyone, just got myself a nice chop saw with a tungsten-tipped blade. I knew it would yield coarser shavings than other options, but had an aha/uh-oh moment when I saw them sprayed all over the table & floor in my garage. Most went into the little reservoir they have for them but, as is inevitable, plenty got scattered around. Looks like thereís a port for a vacuum but I canít imagine itís a good idea to attach my shop vac to it. Thereís a lot less sparking than with a abrasive disc but there are still sparks. Trying to minimize sweeping and vacuuming after use.

    I was thinking of getting some magnets and sticking them in a few strategic places,though Iím not sure how effective that would be. Iíve also considered some kind of foil shroud. . .

    Anybody have other ideas?

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    Re: What to do about metal shavings from chop saw, etc.

    You could pick up one of the cyclone tops, put it on a metal container and run the vacuum thru that. The hot heavy chips fall into the cyclone container and don't go into the vacuum. Still have to be careful with the hoses though.

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    This is a fabricators biggest mystery. Tool Junkie has a great suggestion. Perforated or expanded Sheetmetal top works over a containment box.
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    Re: What to do about metal shavings from chop saw, etc.

    Quote Originally Posted by ZLT View Post
    Hi everyone, just got myself a nice chop saw with a tungsten-tipped blade. I knew it would yield coarser shavings than other options, but had an aha/uh-oh moment when I saw them sprayed all over the table & floor in my garage. ...Trying to minimize sweeping and vacuuming after use. ...

    Anybody have other ideas?
    As always, good pictures showing the saw and where it's mounted, plus one or two of the surrounding shop, would provide useful information.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tool Junkie View Post
    You could pick up one of the cyclone tops, put it on a metal container and run the vacuum thru that. The hot heavy chips fall into the cyclone container and don't go into the vacuum. Still have to be careful with the hoses though.
    That is what I use. However. I don’t collect chip directly from the saw. Home Depot has a top that fits a 5 gallon bucket. Great for whole shop need.

    If you are pulling directly off the saw then put sand or water in the bucket.

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    I dealt with this. I changed the dross chute after the original scheme.
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    Re: What to do about metal shavings from chop saw, etc.

    Also have large back splash behind the saw use the shop vac on the shavings. When the starts getting dull it does throw some sparks.
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    Re: What to do about metal shavings from chop saw, etc.

    That is plus side of gravel/road base floor the steel just goes by.
    Concrete floors need to cleaned.
    If not the ball from welding will be like walking on ice.

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    Also have large back splash behind the saw use the shop vac on the shavings. When the starts getting dull it does throw some sparks.

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    Re: What to do about metal shavings from chop saw, etc.

    How about a broom?

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    These saws make such a mess its constant,,, be different if a guy cut something once a week but every hour or so is a different matter and the stuff is about like walking on marbles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John T View Post
    This is one of the best little gadgets I ever picked up from Harbor freight.

    It's a rolling magnet/stick

    I use it all the time.
    Just wheel it around and it's amazing what you will pick up.


    I too have that style magnet. A trick I use with it is to wrap cellophane around it before I "sweep" the area. makes removing the chips so much easier.
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    Quote Originally Posted by moose View Post
    I too have that style magnet. A trick I use with it is to wrap cellophane around it before I "sweep" the area. makes removing the chips so much easier.
    I do that with my welding magnets... store them in baggies so all the filings from around the welding bench fall off when I pull them out of the bag.
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    Re: What to do about metal shavings from chop saw, etc.

    I usually just use the nozzle attachment to my shop vac which is actually not a shop vac it's a standup.

    Yeah, I vacuum my garage floor.

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    Re: What to do about metal shavings from chop saw, etc.

    Sounds great .
    I my shop I used a iron rake or tractor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MetalMan23 View Post
    How about a broom?

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    Re: What to do about metal shavings from chop saw, etc.

    I do as much as I can outside, but live in rural area. City folks prolly can't do that.

    In winter, i will make an enclosure out of tarps to catch whatever flies off the grinder / drill press / band saw / etc.

    My best advice is DO NOT GO INTO THE HOUSE WITH THE SAME SHOES YOU WORE IN THE SHOP. Unless you are looking for a fight.
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    There is no fight I take my shoes off at the door or I will be cleaning the floors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bead-boy View Post
    I do as much as I can outside, but live in rural area. City folks prolly can't do that.

    In winter, i will make an enclosure out of tarps to catch whatever flies off the grinder / drill press / band saw / etc.

    My best advice is DO NOT GO INTO THE HOUSE WITH THE SAME SHOES YOU WORE IN THE SHOP. Unless you are looking for a fight.

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    Brooms are for invisible dust, otherwise I end up moving the broom and dust pan half the length of the shop trying to get of the line. It is always an adventure…. One more time

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    When I rolled down the thread I saw those gorgeous dogs and I was worried that there might have been some nefarious use of them but I see my fears were ungrounded. Lovely dogs…
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    Those are John's... they've been on this site enough to progress beyond "solderer" on their own... and yes, they are very nice dogs...
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    Quote Originally Posted by John T View Post
    I usually just use the nozzle attachment to my shop vac which is actually not a shop vac it's a standup.

    Yeah, I vacuum my garage floor.

    I said it.
    I do too. shove the big stuff in a pile, shovel it up and vacuum the poof dust. A lot faster and a lot less wear on my shoulders. I'm looking for a rolling vac that has a 36" pickup. That would really be fast. Kinda like a huge Kirby.

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    Re: What to do about metal shavings from chop saw, etc.

    Thanks everyone! This has given me some great ideas.

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