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Blog entry by LittleBlackDuck posted 05-30-2018 09:10 AM 2006 reads 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Boys and Girls,

While this may be old hat to most, I’ve had enough friends (another one today/yesterday) saying that it’s a good idea, so I thought it might be worth a shout out.

If you have a shop vac with an automatic outlet and share it amongst a number of tools during the one session, bridge the two with a power outlet plugged into the dusty.

You can then plug each of the power tools into a spare outlet and give them all access to the dusty without dancing the power point shuffle.

No matter which tool you turn on, it will automatically activates the dusty… just don’t forget to switch
the hose… and watch both ends ends if you have more than one hose feeding the one dusty.

I use the same concept sharing the same dusty between my 2 mitre saws,

with a gentle reminder sign to get my act together,

which is toggled depending on the status of each saw. This sign is a very recent addition making clean up less arduous chore…

MY other (central) dusty also has provision for sharing, albeit loosely attached, as it is used to vacuum the full workshop and occasionally used for tools,

If you already perform this practice, there’s no need to read this article.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD



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robscastle

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#1 posted 05-30-2018 09:12 AM

Yep! Tats worth a post.

-- Regards Rob

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GR8HUNTER

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#2 posted 05-30-2018 01:59 PM

I have to do this … sit down and figure it out …. right now I’m just using my lungs :<((((

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#3 posted 05-30-2018 02:09 PM

Well thought out and executed.

What exactly is a “dusty”?
I have what’s probably a good guess, but thought I would make sure I know by asking.
Thanks.

-- Jim, Houston, TX

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Orvile Baker

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#4 posted 05-30-2018 02:32 PM

Wife just got me a set up the other day. Now comes the hard part, I have to get off my big butt and instal it.( Damn, I could not get her to do That part.)

-- Bud Baker , Ojibwa, WI. http://papabudswoodtoys.webs.com/

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#5 posted 05-30-2018 02:52 PM

What exactly is a “dusty”?
I have what s probably a good guess, but thought I would make sure I know by asking.
Thanks.

- jimintx

Agreed Jim, what the heck is a dusty? A cute name for a dust deputy? What???!!! Of course, telling me there is no need to read this article at the end of the article kind of misses the point, doesn’t it. Good thing there was some great stuff here!!!

-- When you earnestly believe you can compensate for a lack of skill by doubling your efforts, there is no end to what you CAN'T do

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#6 posted 05-30-2018 03:56 PM


…. right now I m just using my lungs :<((((
- GR8HUNTER

At least there’s no bags to change… most shop vacs have only 1 bag, while you are gifted with two lungs!


What exactly is a “dusty”?

Sorry jimintx and Dwain, You are 90% half right. I do have a Dust Deputy front ending all (most) of my serious dust collectors which may have endeared me to generically refer to all my various dust collection units as ”dusty” (even the broom)... I have enough Deputys to form a fair sized posse…

In the past I have referred to my dust collectors as ”DD” but that was misleading and Oneida threatened to sue me… just kidding (about being sued).


Wife just got me a set up the other day. Now comes the hard part, I have to get off my big butt and instal it.( Damn, I could not get her to do That part.)

- Orvile Baker


Hey OB-1,That is one mean lady… forget her birthday/anniversary?

Take it from me, dust extraction is the second most important equipment in a workshop… just in the shadow of a generous, toll free beer fridge!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#7 posted 05-30-2018 11:16 PM

Come on guys everybody should know its a Slim thing that plays music in the workshop!

Now about that toll free beer fridge thats the next dilemma? ... and wait there is more!
Yep I saw the last liner too! ... no doubt this was LBD at his Komputer after the post

He is a fern king funny boy

-- Regards Rob

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#8 posted 05-31-2018 01:45 AM

If only the Slim (in shape… not presence) was me!


.... that toll free beer fridge thats the next dilemma? .....
- robscastle

NOPE! You forgot to mention generous (as in size)... YEP! Gonna need a bigger workshop.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#9 posted 05-31-2018 04:40 AM

OK I give up … whats it all about?

-- Regards Rob

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#10 posted 05-31-2018 05:33 AM


OK I give up … whats it all about?

- robscastle


The fridge is not the dilema… It’s getting a workshop big enough to fit a decent sized fridge, is.

And if you refer to Dusty… I wish I was Slim (gutless) and still alive.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#11 posted 05-31-2018 07:27 AM

Thats the Man !
Slim Dusty, AO MBE Australian country music singer-songwriter, guitarist and producer, who was an Australian cultural icon and one of the country’s most awarded stars

-- Regards Rob

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#12 posted 05-31-2018 10:29 AM

And he was a duck lover!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#13 posted 06-22-2018 05:35 PM

Nice tip, thanks! What kind of automatic outlet are you using? Does it sense power draw on a socket and turns on another socket (the one vacuum is on)?

I wonder if this approach can be used with something like power actuating blast gates… To complete the laziness routine, so to speak. :)

Regards,
Alex.

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#14 posted 06-23-2018 01:35 AM


..... What kind of automatic outlet are you using? Does it sense power draw on a socket and turns on another socket (the one vacuum is on)?....

- nohuhu


Hi nohuhu, For this setup, I just attach a normal power board to the “automatic outlet” on the shop-vac with the shop-vac set to automatic mode… I then plug all the tools outlet onto the power board (first blog picture). When I turn on a tool it activates the auto-outlet function of the shop-vac and turns it on.

I don’t have issues with this setup as I will only use 1 power tool at any one time with the one shop-vac. If there is a chance (bad choice of words as there is always a chance no matter what) that more than 1 tool is activated, I would not recommend this.

For my remote activation of shop-vacs/dust extractors (in manual mode) I use these remote controlled power point with the remote colour coded for particular extractors,

for example, the green button controls my central Hitachi (green body) shop-vac,

on my static dust control.


I wonder if this approach can be used with something like power actuating blast gates… To complete the laziness routine, so to speak. :)

- nohuhu


For power activated blast gates I would have expected each to have their own power feeds. In that case I would still use the above individual remote controlled outlet but with the remote on the right,

as it can control up to 20 different outlets (if you can remember them all). I prefer the smaller one, only for it’s size and I seldom have requirement to remotely control 5 outlets… if I do, then I’ll temporarily switch to the larger one.

PS. I’m not spruiking Kambrook, however, it was the only brand rated at 2,400W available at the time in Australia.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#15 posted 07-03-2018 08:52 AM

For people who have not thought to use a vacuum while they’re working with the wood in storage, they are going to be so grateful they stumbled on this article right now. Honestly, I don’t know how people can deal with all of the clean up they have to do if they haven’t been cleaning up as they go along, But everybody has their own preferred way of working around their own workshop!

-- Michael Maloney: http://supercheapselfstorage.com.au/facilities/gold-coast/self-storage/michael-maloney/

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