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apontecraft

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03-14-2017 01:55 PM

Hello everyone,

So currently I have a Makita track saw connected to a 14 Gallon Ridgid Vacuum, and I get a lot dust.

I keep going back and fourth do I get a Jet AFS system or do I get a better dust collector? I can’t get both for now wondering what have other people done.

Thanks in Advance.


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brtech

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#1 posted 03-14-2017 02:20 PM

It’s always better to get the dust at the source. Picking it up from the air later makes things look cleaner, but doesn’t help your lungs enough.

That argues for a better dust extractor (shop vac). The lower speed, higher volume dust collectors won’t do much for the small opening on the Makita. You need the high speed, lower volume of a vac/dust extractor.

You also need to pay attention to the filter (needs to be HEPA), the hose and the attachment of the hose to the track saw. Of course, it also may be that the Makita just isn’t great at pulling the dust through the port.

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apontecraft

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#2 posted 03-14-2017 03:47 PM

the dust extractors seem to top out at around 150CFM +/- since i was saving up for a stage one dust collector I have a decent budget I was looking at Fein or Bosch if I was gonna go this route. Any other suggestions on which to choose?

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Loren

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#3 posted 03-14-2017 04:06 PM

I haven’t used the Makita but I had a Festool
and the designs are similar enough I would
expect excellent dust collection with any vacuum.

Are you sure the vac isn’t just blowing dust out?

If so you can get a low micron filter for most
shop vacs.

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apontecraft

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#4 posted 03-14-2017 05:43 PM

yeah I tried that and sadly got no where. I also would like something quieter, so I am 100% okay w/getting a better unit.

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mummykicks

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#5 posted 03-14-2017 05:44 PM

Get a dust deputy if you don’t have one. I’ve got the makita hooked up to the dust deputy and an 18gal rigid vac and it works fine. Is the filter clogged on your vac?

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apontecraft

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#6 posted 03-14-2017 07:48 PM

yeah I will order that is less expensive than buying a new Bosch or Fein dust extractor. Thanks

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brtech

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#7 posted 03-14-2017 09:39 PM

All a Dust deputy does is collect some of the larger dust particles before it gets into the vac and clogs the filter. The VAC tries to separate the big stuff from the small stuff, but it’s not very efficient at that. The DD is better, but all it does is improve separation efficiency. It has insertion loss, so whatever suction you had before you put in the DD, you will have less after you put it in.

If you have dust in the air before you put in in, you will have at least as much dust in the air after you put it in and maybe more. You will not have to clean your filter as often. That’s all you ever get from a DD; less cleaning of the filter.

The high quality dust extractors do a good job separating. I’ve not seen anyone report improvement with a DD on a Fein or Festool dust extractor.

If your filter is clogged, that could be why you have dust in the air, but it sounded from your description like it wasn’t getting sucked into the vac. If you aren’t getting it sucked into the VAC now, the DD will DECREASE performance, not increase it.

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#8 posted 03-14-2017 11:29 PM

I have a Porter Cable, and I had a Festool
in the past. I can’t say I noticed the
more expensive Festool worked any better.

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ksSlim

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#9 posted 03-15-2017 12:34 AM

I have a Festool with a festool DD mounted on top. Have dumped the DD box several times with no dust in the Festool bin and the hepa filter is still clean. A little pricey but IMO worth it.
I use it connected to the track saw and the miter saw. Have also used it with the Kreg jig.

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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apontecraft

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#10 posted 03-15-2017 07:21 PM

Okay every I ordered a DD should be here in a few days, I will update the post then.

Thanks for everyone’s input!

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