woodworker (except SMITTY, of course) has ALL the answers. From time-to-time,
everyone hits a snag, trying to figure out some sort of in-shop problem.
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Here are the questions . . . and SMITTY’S answers for this issue!
If you're having a problem
setting-up, aligning or maintaining your Shopsmith equipment, you should
contact Shopsmith's Technical Support Staff (NOT Smitty).
crimped DC-3300 dust collection hose
If the plastic end of your hose is broken, a replacement may be ordered (part # 515691 for just $3.95). It simply screws on (reverse thread - turn CLOCKWISE to remove, counter-clockwise to replace). It may be a little tight but it WILL screw off
If the hose is badly crimped close to the end, just use tin snips to cut off the end squarely and re-install the old end (or a new one).
I suggest that you also purchase an elbow (514421 for $4.19) and place it between your DC-3300 Dust Collector inlet and the hose. This should help take the strain off the hose and help prevent future crimping.
large sheet goods safely
Your best solution is to enlist the aid of an assistant during this process…then instruct your assistant thoroughly regarding the types of support you need…where to apply pressure and where not to, etc. In addition, I would suggest that if you're cutting a lot of large sheet goods, you might consider getting a roller support stand (740900) or two and a Shopsmith Outboard Support Table (555307).
Sorry if I sound like a commercial…but cutting large sheet goods can be very risky. That's why it's so important that you take all possible precautions, even WITH the aid of a helper. Wish I had more convenient news…but when working with power tools, safety is far more important than convenience.