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Powermatic safety cage

Discussion in 'Tutorials and Tips' started by Glenn McCullough, Jul 19, 2020.

  1. Glenn McCullough

    Glenn McCullough

    Mar 25, 2008
    Location (City & State):
    Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan, USA
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    I hated to throw the never used safety cage away to my Powermatic, feeling I could use it for something! So I cut the cage off the main bar, drilled holes in my dust hood and attached it with zip ties. It can be removed easily or changed easily to other attachments just by cutting the zip ties.

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    Last edited: Jul 19, 2020
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  2. John Torchick

    John Torchick

    Jan 24, 2010
    Location (City & State):
    Cleveland, Tennessee
    Good idea.
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  3. Randy Anderson

    Randy Anderson

    May 25, 2019
    Location (City & State):
    Eads, TN
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    I mounted my dust hood (similar to yours but smaller) on the back side of the cage with tie wraps and then covered the cage with hardboard on sides and thick paper over steel bar cage. Serves two purposes now - safety cage and dust hood. I do have to check and make sure that the grating doesn't get clogged up with shavings when working with green wood. My cage doesn't come over to the front of the lathe. It stops just about where the front edge is about even with the top of the headstock box so can still work on bowls while it's in the closed position. Saying that, I suppose it would come all the way over if I pulled the pin out of the support arm again. Never tried. I have a Jet 1642.

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