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Forum topic by whiteshoecovers posted 10-03-2015 01:08 AM 822 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-03-2015 01:08 AM

I am using my router to cut mortises for a fence I am fabricating. I am using a template I made with a guide bushing on the base of my router and a 3/8” up spiral bit. The mortise is 3/4” wide and I use a 1/2 brad point drill to remove some material first before going at it with the router. Works great. Problem is though I that I have to stop several times and vac out all of the saw dust that gets packed in there. I have no type of dust collection connected to my PC 893 router.

Does anyone think that adding some type of active dust collection to my router would let me rout these in one-go without having to stop? I’d invest in something if it worked really well and I didn’t have to stop in rout to clean out the mortise.


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#1 posted 10-03-2015 02:26 AM

The plunge base is supposed to come with a dust shield to assist in dust collection (when hooked up to a 1” ID hose). Looks like you’re using the fixed base? Not sure you’d be able to make the mortise with no clean-out stops, but you might be able to reduce the number of times you have to stop. I clench my teeth every time I think about rigging a new DC set-up for a tool. There always seem to be complications!

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#2 posted 10-03-2015 01:24 PM

Yes, I’m using the fixed base. I am not sure reducing my clean-outs from 3 to 2 times, or even 1, would motivate me to invest in some DC hardware. If I received some overwhelming response that x product would work perfectly and eliminate all clean-outs then I’d do it. But when you just look at the restrictions for airflow in my pic it’s really hard to imagine anything would work well.

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#3 posted 10-03-2015 01:57 PM

Buy a Festool!

No seriously, I had an 893 that was supposed to have dc. One of the reasons I bought it was because of that fact, and that it came with a fixed base and plunge base. I bought the PC hose to connect to the port. Only problem (and I laughed), when you plunge the router it hits the hose because its too close. Great engineering. I just threw the hose across the room and just cleaned up the mess after the cuts.

I bought the Festool OF1400, and never looked back. DC is part of the design and works! I still use the 890, it’s set up to use with my Lee Dovetail jig along with a PC690. Great for that, and it’s fixed so quick set up. Other than that, it stays in the case.

The PC7518 is in a router table and is a hoss, and would buy that one again in a heart beat.

I have a few other routers, but the Festool, brand, while expensive is the best out there and will last forever. You feel the pain when you buy, but you will not endure any frustration after that! But, thats the way it is with most good tools, lie Lie-Nielsen. Good luck.

I have a couple other routers

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#4 posted 10-03-2015 03:14 PM

I’ve had a couple of routers with DC connections fastened to the base (never a PC, the 2 I had were Freud and Milwaukee). Neither of them worked worth a chit! When I’m cutting mortises with a router I do as you are: stop and vac the mortise out. I’ll add this: I wouldn’t cut those with the fixed base, the plunge base makes it a lot easier and (more importantly) safer.

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#5 posted 10-03-2015 06:34 PM

I’ve never had a problem with the dust collection on my Skil router hooked to my Shop-Vac vacuum.
I did buy a good quality hose to make the connection.

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