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Forum topic by DanTheLumberJockMan posted 07-09-2008 05:39 AM 1984 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-09-2008 05:39 AM

Topic tags/keywords: dust collection blast gate automatic

There is a company called EcoGate ( that makes an automatic dust collection system. Basically you hook up an electric blast gate and a sensor to each machine, then when you switch that machine on, the blast gate opens and the dust collector starts. Shut off the machine and the dust collection shuts off a few seconds later. This is great if you have a smallish dust collector and want to direct the suction to one machine at a time, let alone the convenience of not having to turn the dust collector on every time.

Unfortunately, they aren’t making the EcoGate anymore and try as I may, I can’t find anybody selling them new, used or otherwise. Grizzly has some of the parts, but not the main controller.

Does anybody know of a comparable system out there at a reasonable price? The EcoGate system retailed for around $500 which is the most I would consider spending on something like this. There are industrial systems out there, but one air-activated blast gate alone could cost you $500.

I’m not sure why they stopped manufacturing what sounds like a pretty cool system. The company told me they are coming out with a new system in a few months, but who knows if that will be within my budget.

Any ideas anyone?

-- Dan, San Diego, CA

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#1 posted 07-12-2008 05:34 PM

Look around for others. There hase to be others that make them. I just could not see spending that much money on blast gates. A 3 or 4 way switch is much cheaper.

-- Owner of custom millwork shop

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#2 posted 07-12-2008 05:54 PM

Your standing at the machine you are going to use… why not just open that blast gate by hand before switching on the machine?

$500 for the controller plus all the automatic gates and other parts… its gonna add up quick. I’d rather have a new table saw or something. But that’s just me. I could see this system being useful in a huge cabinet shop with multiple people working but for home use it seems a little overkill.

Even if you open the blast gate at the machine that you are using by hand, there are still systems that turn on your dust collector when they sense the electrical draw of your power tool (not to mention remote controls.)

-- Happy woodworking!

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