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Craftex CX404 Damaged and DOA Out of the Box

Craftex CX404 Damaged and DOA Out of the Box

06-05-2017 05:33 AM by Shaun | 11 comments »

Thanks to everyone for the advice on dust collection a few months back. I decided to start with a decent dust collector that could pull off > 800 CFM. Being in Canada, we have limited options and sometimes it’s hard to choose a good piece of equipment. The equipment that everyone swears by might not be available in Canada or it might cost a mint to get it here. And it’s also noteworthy that even the most reputable company might produce a lemon from time to time. Having looke...

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Harbor Freight 2 hp dust collector modification

Harbor Freight 2 hp dust collector modification

05-30-2017 01:28 AM by wuddoc | 7 comments »

A number of LJ’s have written about the quality, problems, solutions and modifications concerning the Harbor Freight 2 HP 70 gal. dust collector. We have encountered all the same kinds of problems and decided to modify the unit. Minimizing equipment footprint is always a concern due to shop space. The HF DC took up additional space because the dust collector dual 4” plastic dust inputs extended out over the carts side footprint. In addition the base was flimsy as other LJ have indicate...

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Surprisingly Effective Collection

Surprisingly Effective Collection

04-30-2017 06:39 PM by pintodeluxe | 6 comments »

Okay so I had my doubts going in that this contraption would work at all. So many of these dust collection contraptions interfere with the use of the tool, so I often don’t use them. I have a Bench Dog router top and fence with a shop made enclosed cabinet as the base. I use a Ridgid “6.5 hp” shop vac to do the collecting. The dust collection (before installing the Dust Router) was actually fairly good through the fence. However, the cabinet quickly filled with chips and...

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Design features miss the mark

Design features miss the mark

04-22-2017 12:35 PM by EarlS | 11 comments »

Laguna C Flux 1.5 HP Dust Collector – 3 Stars – it provides good air flow and suction with 2 stage filtration. The rest of the design misses the mark. Earlier this spring, I ordered a Laguna C Flux, 1.5 HP dust collector ($1000) from Rockler with direct shipping from Laguna. After 2 weeks of waiting for a shipping confirmation I called Rockler and they said they would check on a delivery date. A week later and still no response so I called and e-mailed Laguna directly and sp...

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Grngate Gates Work Great

Grngate Gates Work Great

04-10-2017 07:21 PM by pintodeluxe | 7 comments »

Check out my video review on Youtube…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ic9A73Fb_Y Installing this Grngate starter system was amazingly simple. If you can plug in a phone, you can install this system. Of course you have to wire the system controller, but that’s nothing more than stripping a few wires, and screwing the wires to a terminal block. Actually I sacrificed a 240v extension cord so I could keep my dust collectors cord intact, and that was a good solution for me. Th...

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Expensive Air Filtration

Expensive Air Filtration

03-24-2017 05:09 PM by EarlS | 15 comments »

I ordered a Jet air filtration system several months ago and have been putting off a review until I had plenty of experience with its performance. Product Information: – Amazon $370Review – JET 708620B AFS-1000B 550/702/1044 CFM 3-Speed Air Filtration System with Remote and Electrostatic Pre-Filter “Filters 98 percent of all 5-micron particles; 85 percent of 1-micron particles”550/702/1044 cfm on the low/medium/high speed settings14” tall x 32” long x 26 wide2/4/8 hour timer...

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Acrylic Lathe Dust Hood

Acrylic Lathe Dust Hood

02-22-2017 01:43 AM by Roger | 8 comments »

I caught this on sale for 20 bux. Original price is 30. Anyone who turns a lot of pens would benefit by having this. A very nice way to collect dust while spinning pens, pencils, bottle stoppers, and/or any small spindle type turnings. Wood or acrylic project pieces, the chips get sucked right out of your way. I don’t think it would work very well for turning a bowl because of the way it wraps around the project piece. It is very easy to remove since it mounts with some pretty stout mag...

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iVAC Automatic Blast Gate System

iVAC Automatic Blast Gate System

02-04-2017 06:34 PM by JerryinCreek | 4 comments »

I thought of adding an automatic blast gate system to my shop every time I forgot to open/close a gate. (I actually thought I’d stop doing that, but I didn’t.) Then I saw the review by pintodeluxe (aka, Willie) and I decided to do some more research and eventually purchased the system through Infinity. The technician at iVAC (Dave) was extremely knowledgeable and always courteously responded to my questions, from pre-purchase to set up. I started by mounting a piece of 3/4̶...

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Karcher WD5-P Vacuum

Karcher WD5-P Vacuum

01-28-2017 05:02 PM by MAKZ06 | 10 comments »

I thought I would go ahead and post a review since I asked in the forum if anyone had experience with this vacuum and I didn’t get any response. For the cost it wasn’t going to end up being a huge mistake so I went ahead and took the plunge and ordered one from Amazon. I would have purchased from the local Woodcraft but when I called them nobody could tell me anything more about it than what I saw in the documentation and didn’t seem interested in checking for me even thou...

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Impressive for a small shop

Impressive for a small shop

01-24-2017 12:50 AM by ColonelTravis | 25 comments »

I work out of a 2-car garage that can barely hold one car because it’s filled with woodworking crap, and it’s a brand new car so I don’t want it constantly covered in sawdust, nor do I want the rest of the garage covered in sawdust, which is how it’s been for a while. I use mostly hand tools but I have a bandsaw, miter saw, sanders, etc. and my dust collection system is just me with a leaf blower out an open garage door. So I bought this thing off amazon for about $...

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