Really dumb question about dust collection

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Forum topic by Rookie702 posted 03-07-2012 04:09 AM 1180 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-07-2012 04:09 AM

I have been making a mess in my garage for years now, and I think it’s time to start thinking about dust collection to go along with my new table saw. My question is how does the system activate / turn on? Do I have to walk over and flip the switch to on every time a make a cut on my saw, or is there a way to connect the switch to turn on when I turn my saw on. Can I use the system like a regular vacuum to use around the garage? When turned on how loud is the system, is it going to be louder than my saw when running. I basically only will be using the saw, a router, and drill press, sanding of course as well.

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#1 posted 03-07-2012 04:24 AM

my dust collector has a remote control to turn it on. Not all do but you can add an after market remote to most dust collectors. I’ve seen some smaller automatic switches that will turn on a vacuum when you turn on a tool but I haven’t seen any that would handle the simultaneous current draw of a table saw and dust collector. My 1300 cfm collector is slightly louder than my table saw but quieter than a sander, router, or shop vac and much quieter than my planer. You can use it as a vacuum if you put a separator in line but you won’t want to use any single stage collector as a vacuum without a separator because the design draws all the dust/chips/anything else through the impeller before it goes to the bag. If you are vacuuming up screws, rocks, cut offs, or anything else hard without a separator, you’re going to damage the machine.

I used a shop vac for dust collection for a long time before getting a full sized dust collector and the difference is huge (especially with the jointer and planer). Clean up at the end of the day is much quicker and more importantly the air I am breathing is cleaner.

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#2 posted 03-07-2012 04:25 AM

There are remotes that you can get, kind of like your remote keyless entry for your car, and there are automatic versions like iVac. (,42401&ap=1) or you can walk over and turn it on every time you run a tool.

As for noise I would like to know as well. I currently use a Shop vac, and it is very noisy.

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#3 posted 03-07-2012 05:01 AM

I have the Long Ranger III with three remotes stragically located around the shop. I also have my blast gates located so I can open/close them as I move from tool to tool.

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#4 posted 03-07-2012 09:49 PM

I would suggest some reading. There is a good book on the subject that I highly recommend

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