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Jarrett

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11-30-2015 12:00 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question dust collection mitre saw

I’m finally hooking up my compound slide saw to some sort of dust collection…but I can’t decide whether it will be across the shop to the dust collector or to the shopvac/5gal sawdust cyclone seperator. If ran across the shoop, I would just pipe it solid across the floor between the two cabinet saws, so only 4’ would be exposed to knock the teeth out of. If I ran it up to ceiling, I’d be losing a good bit since my ceilings are 14’. My only hesitancy to hook it up to the dust collector is I don’t want to go all the way across the shop to turn it off so I can hear myself think. My problem with hooking up a the shopvac is that then I’m putting off getting the radial arm saw and mortiser, bandsaw (that whole side of shop) on dust collection as well. I suppose I just answered my question. Anyone have good luck with remote switches for their machine? Do you prefer to carry remote with you or have dust collector wired to three way switch to operate from multiple locations of your shop? Eventually I’m putting my dust collector and compressor in an addition onto the side of the shop, but that may be on down the road a good ways.
Thanks for the advice!
-Jarrett

-- Jarrett http://www.cattywampuswoodworks.com


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ste6168

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#1 posted 11-30-2015 01:21 PM

What kind of dust collector do you own? Hard to tell in the picture there.

If it were me, personally, and I had that amount of space for a hobby shop, I would take the money I would spend on that additional piping, purchase a second dust collector (Harbor Freight?) and use that to do my miter saw and bandsaw on that side of the shop. No pipe running across the floor, don’t have to walk across the room to turn it on, and should work just fine for 2/3 machines.

On top of that, I would then put both dust collectors on remotes with carabiner clips, and carry them around the shop. Then you don’t ever need to walk across the room.

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Jim Finn

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#2 posted 11-30-2015 01:47 PM

I had a remote for my dust collector but it died. I installed a wall switch and have gotten used to that. Works well for me. I placed my equipment along the walls of my small shop and ran my six inch dust collector duct along the wall on the floor. Out of the way and works fine. No wasted duct going up to the ceiling and then back down to each machine.

-- "You may have your PHD but I have my GED and my DD 214"

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Jarrett

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#3 posted 11-30-2015 02:02 PM

Yes Sir, that’s exactly the game plan I had in mind. I have a harbor freight already and I’ve been impressed at how it and seperator serves my 15” planer. I have piping for now to get me by until purchase of another unit..but will have to rethink it all if/when I put units in shop addition. Ordering remotes this afternoon.

-- Jarrett http://www.cattywampuswoodworks.com

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Jarrett

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#4 posted 11-30-2015 02:25 PM

Jim, what brand remote was it? Sorry sbout your luck!

Am thinking of getting smaller h.f. Dust collector since it will be in close proximity to and only be hooked up to mitre saw, radial arm saw, mortiser, and all the big machines are already hooked up to larger dust collector

-- Jarrett http://www.cattywampuswoodworks.com

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#5 posted 11-30-2015 03:07 PM

If the machine has a small dust port, use a vac.

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#6 posted 11-30-2015 03:19 PM



If the machine has a small dust port, use a vac.

- SawSucker

ha ha, how much wood could a woodchuck chuck?

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#7 posted 11-30-2015 05:19 PM


ha ha, how much wood could a woodchuck chuck?
- Woodust

In about 30 years of it I’ve lost count.

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Jarrett

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#8 posted 11-30-2015 05:45 PM

I used a vac, but now built dust hoods for mitre and radial to hook up to dust collection

-- Jarrett http://www.cattywampuswoodworks.com

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#9 posted 12-01-2015 03:29 AM



Jim, what brand remote was it? Sorry sbout your luck!

Am thinking of getting smaller h.f. Dust collector since it will be in close proximity to and only be hooked up to mitre saw, radial arm saw, mortiser, and all the big machines are already hooked up to larger dust collector

- Jarrett

It was a “Long Ranger” from Grizzly

-- "You may have your PHD but I have my GED and my DD 214"

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#10 posted 12-01-2015 02:41 PM

I use a remote and carry it in my pocket! love it!

-- rob, ont,canada

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#11 posted 12-02-2015 03:17 PM

I will NEVER understand the HF dust collector hype.

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#12 posted 12-02-2015 03:23 PM

Have you checked to see if Playskool or Fisher-Price make a dust collector ?

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#13 posted 12-02-2015 03:42 PM

I have been using a Woods 32555 Weatherproof Outdoor Outlet Remote Control Converter Kit (~$15 on Amazon) remote to turn on/off my shop vac for about a year now. It is rated at 125v, 13 amps. It might not be strong enough for dust collector but works great for my shop vac I use for dust collection. This has been a great time saver. I have the remote on a 6” long hardboard key fob in my pocket so that the remote hangs out of my pocket for easy access as I move around my shop. After setting up for a cut on the table saw for example, I simply have to reach down to my hip to turn it on before turning on the saw. I currently have to move the hose from machine to machine but at least I don’t have to walk over the the vac in the corner to turn it on and off anymore. I painted the hardboard fob red to make it easier to find after laying it down somewhere in my shop.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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Jarrett

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#14 posted 12-02-2015 03:50 PM

“SawSucker replied on a forum topic:
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I will NEVER understand the HF dust collector hype. Other then people are only willing to spend the least amount possible on dust collection. But will spend way more then necessary on a table saw, such as a cabinet saw, or worse yet, a SawStop cabinet saw, as if it’s the only thing in the shop that can injure you.”

Saw sucker,
My apologies for not making myself clear. What I meant to ask was what would be a method of collecting chips. I know the drawbacks of an improper tool and the safety I’m disregarding when I mention an inferior dust collector. I bought my powermatic cabinet saw for its accuracy and 5hp motor. I have moved from my old shop which had proper dust collection (sold with it) to build new shop, but building new house first. I am worried about safety and health, but know my time is coming from some other source….like one of the 16 menopausal women I manage in a fast paced kitchen stabbing me with a knife, or the blade of our 1956 frick mill coming loose and scattering my brains all over the county, or the hamburger I ate at the convenience store this morning. I appreciate your sarcasm and your wit, but in this matter, your wit and mine too can be found in the bottom of that harbor freight dust collector. Next time I will do better and post “with disregard to safety” so I can easily include all Toys R Us chip collectors. Hope you can see that everyone’s situation is different and I have spent many a sleepless night in thinking about selling my cabinet saw to start buying pieces of a proper dust collection, but that just ain’t gonna happen. Next time, just congratulate me on my purchase and ask me to include you in my will.

-- Jarrett http://www.cattywampuswoodworks.com

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Lazyman

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#15 posted 12-02-2015 04:43 PM

Here, here Jarrett. I am proponent of the adage I learned when my tools where made by Fischer-Price: If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all.

I agree with you. An expensive dust collector can make a shop nicer to work in, it does almost nothing to help with the quality of the woodworking, yet a great table saw can help a lot. While you can do some great work with a cheap saw like I have, a $200 dust collector (or my kludged dust separator made from a home depot bucket and garage sale shop vac) won’t hurt it one bit.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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